Trent Busuttin says he will know after Saturday whether See You In Spring is “just a 1000m dasher” or whether the filly’s brilliant speed can stretch out to grab Group 2 glory in the Spirit Of Boom Classic (1200m) at Doomben.
The exciting two-year-old hasn’t put a hoof wrong in showing dazzling speed and leading and winning both her starts, over 1000m at Cranbourne and then snatching a Stakes win in the Listed Without Fear Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville.
The Victorian training team of Busuttin and Natalie Young have a high opinion of her and rather than putting her away with spring riches in mind, they are keen to take her to the Sunshine State while she is thriving.
The Spirit Of Boom Classic (formerly known as the Champagne Classic) will be by far her stiffest test and Busuttin admits a question mark could be whether her brilliant speed can be sustained over 1200m.
By the same token, the tight Doomben track could work in the favour of the filly who is yet to taste defeat on raceday.
“This is a good opportunity to find out whether get can win a race like this over 1200m or whether she is a 1000m dasher,” Busuttin said.
“She has done everything we have asked of her so far with relative ease but I guess the obvious query could be the distance.
“Hopefully it should not be a problem, both jockeys who have ridden her have said she is relaxed enough in her races.
“I think the form around her is quite nice, I know that Lindsay Park have a nice opinion of the horse she beat at Cranbourne (Super Thief).
“And the horse that ran second behind her in Adelaide (Silent Theory), the Corstens think a bit of.”
Busuttin knows he has set See You In Spring a big task – the filly will be racing in her third different state at her third career start.
The filly wouldn’t have come to Brisbane if the training team had to float her up by road but they were happy to score a flight to the Sunshine State on Tuesday.
“This filly has travelled a bit and there is always the thought about putting them away for the spring, but she looks like a really good two-year-old and she is in-form, so my thinking is to keep her going,” Busuttin said.
“She has travelled a bit but you only have to look at Away Game from last season – and even Explosive Jack who has won Derbies in three states – to know that it can be done.”
Victorian hoop Daniel Moor, who rode See You In Spring in her debut win at Cranbourne, will partner her at Doomben on Saturday.
The filly will have every chance to shine after drawing favourably in barrier four.
Meanwhile, the Busuttin/Young team plan to send four-year-old mare Sierra Sue to Queensland in the coming weeks on a Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara preparation.
Originally published as Spring out to make a winter statement