Star Rolling Primed for 2015 Sandown Stakes Return

November 13th, 2015

Star Rolling was unable to make anything of an impact through a short and disappointing Autumn Carnival campaign, but co-trainer Craig Widdison is pleased with the condition of the six-year-old and is confident he is primed for a successful return in Saturday’s 2015 Sandown Stakes (1500m).

Star Rolling is primed for a big return in Saturday's 2015 Sandown Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Star Rolling is primed for a big return in Saturday’s 2015 Sandown Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Posting five wins and a further two minors through only eighteen career starts, Star Rolling was a standout for Widdison and co-trainer Peter Morgan particularly in 2014; highlighted by a commanding win over classy competition in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) early in spring.

Susceptible to injury, Widdison told AAP the team have been pleased with the condition of the Casino Prince gelding following his return from a long break and are confident he’s ready for a big run in the 2015 Sandown Stakes.

“I think his work has been every bit as good as leading into that (2014 PB Lawrence Stakes),” Widdison said.

“If he can run like that he would be hard to beat.

“He’d never had a really good break, so we gave him a good break and he seems to have appreciated it.

“He trialled at Cranbourne a few weeks ago and it was probably as good as he has trialled for a long time.

“He’s been to Sandown for a couple of gallops and he worked really well there on Tuesday morning.

“We’ve made a few gear changes just to change things around and he seems in great order.

“He’s had no interruptions this preparation and the Sandown race looked a nice kick-off point.”

Widdison underlined the Magic Million Trophy (1800m) on the Gold Coast in January will figure as the major target for Star Rolling this time.

“We’ve got the Magic Millions race over 1800 metres in mind for him,” Widdison added.

Having stamped himself as one to watch from his maiden appearance on course in 2013, but undoubtedly registered career-best form to date in 2014 which also heralded minors in each of the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) and Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) most notably. is currently offering the best 2015 Sandown Stakes odds, for which Star Rolling can be taken at a particularly generous quote of $26 for success or $6.70 to finish in the first three.

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