Vasil heads to the Sunshine State
Tony Vasil is looking to take a team of seven or eight horses to Queensland for the winter carnival including Sunday’s Sandown winner Maxisun.
The four-year-old took his record to five wins from eight starts for Vasil when he came from last to win the City Of Greater Dandenong Cup (1000m) on the Hillside track.
The Choisir entire was originally trained in NSW by Greg Hickman and ran third to Murtajill in the 2006 Breeders Plate (1000m) at Randwick.
"He had a bone cyst in a hock and had an operation," Vasil said.
"He’s quite a talented horse and I reckon he’ll go terrific right-handed.
"He’ll run 1400 metres for sure once he has a few runs under his belt and comes back under you and settles down.
"You just have to ride him quiet, that’s the key to him."
Multiple Group winner Bird Of Fire, and Burgeis, Saturday’s Proud Miss Stakes winner at Morphettville, will also head north as well as some younger members of the Vasil team who may or may not actually race there.
"I want to do a Geoff Murphy or a Kenny Newman," said Vasil referring to Victorian trainers who used to take their horses to Queensland for the winter and bring them back to Melbourne for the spring carnival with good results.
Before Bird Of Fire heads north, the last-start Group Two Queen Of The North Stakes winner at Morphettville will return to Adelaide for Saturday’s Group Three $170,000 Gerard Corporation Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville.
Vasil claimed a double at Sandown when Tale Of The Cat three-year-old True Tales ($2.15 fav) took out the Greater Dandenong Chamber Of Commerce Hcp (1300m) to make it five wins from eight starts.
Apprentice Brenton Avdulla made it a double in the last two races, having earlier scored on the Luke Oliver-trained Scenic Scene ($7) in the Hilton Manufacturing Cup (1700m).
By Mark Ryan