Trainer Trent Busuttin is congratulated by his wife Natalie after jockey Hugh Bowman rode Sangster to victory in the 2011 Victoria Derby. Photo: Paul RovereNew Zealand training partners Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young are to shift to Australia and set up in the new $6 million on-course stable redevelopment at Cranbourne.
Busuttin and Young have been frequent trans-Tasman raiders in recent years, trying to plunder some of the riches in Melbourne and Sydney during the spring and autumn carnivals.
The stable’s biggest Australian triumph came in 2011 when they sent out Sangster from their Cambridge training base in NZ to win the group 1 Victoria Derby.
They have also been represented in top races here by useful sprinter-miler El Roca and young stayers Atmosphere and Gifted Lad.
“We did some investigation of training facilities around Melbourne with the hope of moving our team here and were very impressed with Cranbourne and what it had to offer,” Busuttin said.
“The new on-course stable development and its close proximity to the training tracks were very appealing to us and will provide us with modern facilities to train our team from. We are excited to get to Cranbourne and start this next chapter.”
Cranbourne stalwart Robbie Griffiths has been offered 60 boxes in the new set up, as has Greg Eurell, another trainer long based at the centre. He sent out Pinker Pinker to win the Cox Plate in 2011.
Robbie Laing, Enver Jusofovic and Nikki Burke are expected to take up stables in the new complex, the Cranbourne Turf Club said in a statement.
The new stable blocks are due to be opened in February.
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