Performing to a typically high standard through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, co-trained Jamie Edwards has confirmed Sertorius will take his position in this weekend’s featured Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday and will be partnered by leading jockey Craig Williams.
Securing an impressive total of nine wins and thirteen minor places from just 31 competitive starts so far, Sertorius has not been seen at the races since finishing a brave third in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 19th.
Pleased with way the seven-year-old has taken to his time in the paddock, Edwards conceded Sertorius is unlikely to win the 2014 Memsie Stakes; however the team will be happy with a well-round effort, particularly in the race’s dying stages.
“He doesn’t seem as fresh but he’s still working quite well,” Edwards told AAP.
“He looks like a horse that when he gets to 2000 metres and 2400 metres, he’s going to come into his own.
“I’m certainly not expecting him to win the Memsie, by any means, but hopefully he’ll be doing the right thing at the end of the race.”
A standout performer over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, Sertorius finished sixth in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis (1200m) first-up on September 7th before failing to finish worse than second in five proceeding starts, which included finishing runner-up to Precedence in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) and winning the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m).
Returning in autumn for a close second to fellow Memsie Stakes nominee Moment Of Change in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) on February 22nd, the Galileo gelding continued to build in form and recognition in finishing third amongst classy competition in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) just two weeks later.
Finishing a fighting fifth in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on April 5th, Sertorius was unlucky to finish just outside the places in fourth in both the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) and Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) prior to the Sydney Cup.
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