LEADING Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland has high hopes for Cosmo Star, who will make his debut at Canberra on Friday.
Sutherland has labelled the unraced two-year-old as potentially one of the best horses he has trained ahead of the $20,000 2YO Maiden Plate (1000m) at Canberra.
Cosmo Star was a $22,000 purchase from last year’s Inglis Classic Sale and Sutherland hopes a strong showing on debut can set him up for a crack at the riches on offer in Sydney in December.
Sutherland wants to take on the $500,000 Inglis Nursery at Randwick on December 17.
“That’s the aim,” Sutherland said.
“We want to get through (Friday) and then head to the Inglis Nursery. That’s what he’s been set for all along.
“He’s a pretty impressive horse. He’s had a couple of jump outs where he went up against the older horses and made a fair mess of them.
“He’s done everything Power Alert and Sin Sin Sin did up until this point and more. He’s potentially the best two-year-old I’ve ever had, now we’ve just got to see whether he puts it together on race day.
“It’s pretty exciting actually.”
Cosmo Star trialled at Wagga on November 4 and jumped well before being given a quiet trial, when finishing 10 lengths off the pace.
Mathew Cahill has stuck with Cosmo Star, who will jump from the outside gate in the field of seven.
Sutherland will also be represented by Strada filly Stefanya.
“(Stefanya) will have a run then go for a break and come back not a bad filly,” he said.
“The other bloke is on the job and ready to roll.”
Peter Robl, Clarry Connors, Nick Olive and Joe Cleary will also unveil two-year-olds in the same race.