Ranting on track for Group 2 test
Trainers Leon and Troy Corstens believe they have talented three-year-old Ranting back to his best ahead of the Group 2 Tobin Bronze Stakes over 1200 metres at Morphettville on Saturday.
The Group 3-winning son of Zoustar was ninth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate over 1100 metres in February before pulling a back muscle when running eighth in the Listed Incognitus Stakes over that same trip at Flemington last month.
But Troy Corstens said the New Zealand-bred is in fine fettle after a pleasing trial earlier this week and he expects more improvement in this race.
"He is going to take a bit of fitness out of this," said Corstens. "He does have improvement in him but he is well and truly back on track and I am really looking forward to seeing how he goes on Saturday. He trialled really well at the start of the week.
"If he can get a little bit of cover that would be ideal. He has got an explosive turn of foot when he does settle and relax. Sometimes he can over-race a bit and I wouldn't want to see him doing that on Saturday."
Ranting, who will jump from barrier six with Craig Williams aboard, has finished mid-pack in his two Group 1 tests to date, but Corstens is eyeing the Group 1 Goodwood over 1200 metres at Morphettville in a fortnight.
"If we didn't think he was a Group 1 horse we probably would have gelded him by now," he added.
Ranting is 8.00 to win the Tobin Bronze Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday.