Pacero returns to Sandown
Coaches Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young will test Pascero at stake level after the three-year-old made a two-for-two record at Sandown.
A first-time winner at the track in January, Pascero showed off a beautiful foot spin to claim Ladbrokes Mix bets Handicap (1400m) on Wednesday.
Busuttin said Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) in Flemington on February 19th is the next day on Pascero’s agenda and if he shows that he has completed the mission, Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) two weeks later may also be on the radar.
Posting a $2.80 favorite under Damian Lane, Pascero scored a long from the fast-ending Pounds ($6) with Titan Of Choice ($5) a third further 3/4 the length .
Despite being a month apart, Busuttin said it was nice to see Pascero finish two wins even though the foal was late.
“He’s a big, strong horse and there’s a lot of improvement in the future,” Busuttin said.
“We have ambitions for the horse, as well as everyone, when you go to the fall, and you have to plan the opposite of what you have in mind.
“We will go in Shares CS Hayes now for a period of almost two weeks and this suits him perfectly.
“For Australian GuineasThat’s the hope, that’s the dream, that’s what it’s all about.
“Today is benchmark 64 so he has to keep improving. Hopefully he makes it.”
Lane said Pascero will have no place in CS Hayes and it will be up to the pony to show if he deserves a spot in the Australian Guineas.
“He’s still a bit awkward when it comes to hurdles that probably would have been him,” Lane said.
“I really liked the way he finished his race. When I asked him to pick up the horse in front, he was really disappointed and I was happy with the way he ran across the line.
“At this stage, I would say he is ready to go to the next level.”
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