LOW-FLYING galloper Sertorius looms as one of the drawcard runners in this year’s Ballarat Cup.
The Jamie Edwards and Bruce Elkington-trained five-year-old, who stretched his winning sequence to five races with an impressive victory on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington, will be nominated for the $200,000 feature.
Elkington told The Courier a decision on whether to run in the listed 2200m event would be made after seeing how the horse pulled up from trackwork this weekend.
“We certainly won’t run the horse unless we are 100 per cent happy with him,” Elkington said.
“If we are not happy with him, or think he’s gone over the top, he will be straight out in the paddock.”
“If our horse runs in (the Ballarat Cup) he’s certainly got to be the one to beat on form.”
Sertorius has won all five races this preparation, including victory in the Sale Cup and a classy win in a 2000m handicap on the final day of the Flemington carnival.
His other performances were at Ararat, Moonee Valley and then Caulfield.
He was also a Kyneton Cup runner-up last year.
“He’s a lovely horse to ride,” Elkington said.
“If he begins well he can take a forward position and relax and he’s got an added sprint when the jockey asks him to extend.
“He can find another gear.”
Elkington said the Ballarat Cup would likely be the horse’s final run this campaign.
“After the end of this prep, Jamie (Edwards) and I will sit down with the owner and discuss possible autumn plans with the horse,” he said.
The Ballarat Cup, won last year by Mick Kent-trained Domesky, is on Sunday, November 25.
The race day will also feature a $200,000 Magic Millions clockwise-run feature for two-year-olds over 1000m.