Aegon looking for Group One Title
Aegon returns home to his native New Zealand, having raced in Australia and Hong Kong in recent starts, looking to get back to winning ways having not crossed the line first in his last nine appearances.
The Kiwi galloper currently sits as a $5 favourite for the Group One TAB Classic although he hasn’t won a race since claiming the Moonga Stakes at Group Three level at Caulfield in October of last year.
While not winning a heap of races Aegon has been competitive in a number of his last 9 runs having finished by less than 2 lengths in 4 of those starts and finishing within four lengths behind Hong Kong equine star Golden Sixty in the Champions Mile.
However it’s hard to move away from the fact that Aegon has only won one in his last 18 runs including when he finished 9th in the All Star Mile earlier this year.
His upcoming start will be his first in three months having not been seen since finishing sixth of seven in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington at the start of the Spring.
Trainer Andrew Foresman believes that a recent trial plus a number of track gallops had been the preparation for his latest Group One assignment.
“His trial was good, but he was probably a little bit rusty," Forsman reported.
“You know, he'd come home and had a little bit of time in the paddock and he needed that day out, and I think it did bring him on a lot.
"He was much sharper at Te Rapa on Saturday in the straight gallop, I think that was really good work, running just over 34s by himself without being asked to do much.
"He just did it all himself - typically he's not the most outstanding trackworker."
Aegon leads the betting for the TAB Classic with Habana and Prise De Fer second and third elects in betting.