Two Group One assignments are on next
year’s programme for No Fuss Gus (Savabeel x Pin Oak).
The promising three-year-old has impressed
in a brief career and his last-start run for third in the Gr.3 Wellington
Stakes at Otaki provided another positive pointer for future age group tests.
“He had a tough run and it probably didn’t
help him having an 800 metre gallop after the false start,” said Nick
Fairweather, racing manager for trainers Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard.
“All credit to the horse, he could have
been forgiven for dropping off at the top of the straight, but he ran home
A son of Savabeel, No Fuss Gus has been
nominated for the Gr.1 Randwick Meats Levin Classic at Trentham on January 14
and the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie on March 4.
“He’s come through his last race really
well and he’ll probably head toward the Levin Classic and then a little break
before one or two lead-up runs to the Derby,” Fairweather said.
“He’s a very relaxed horse and the way he
travels in his races we don’t think he’ll have any trouble in getting over a
bit more ground.”
No Fuss Gus was a debut winner at Pukekohe
Park in October before he finished fourth behind the unbeaten stakes winner
Volpe Veloce at Tauranga.
“We expected him to go well in his first
start, but to win over 1200 metres was a bit of a surprise,” Fairweather said.
“He was quite weak as a two-year-old and he
has really matured now.” – NZ Racing Desk.