Stokes bullish over Sansom hopes

25 July 2021 02:52:05 GMTPlus10

Trainer Phillip Stokes believes Sansom has the ability to get in to a Toorak Handicap, following his determined victory at Caulfield on Saturday.

Sansom, who will head towards the Group 2 PB Lawrence at the same track on 14th August, produced a gutsy performance to win the $160,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes.

A huge amount of credit has to go to regular jockey Ben Allen, who gave a dream ride on the Charm Spirit gelding to edge out Streets Of Avalon in second, while Astrologist and Isaurian dead-heated for third.

The narrow victory ensured the four-year-old became the third first-up winner of the 1200m feature in four years and connections are now deliberating future plans.

He might be a horse that can get into a Toorak (Handicap) or something like that.

Phillip Stokes

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Stokes, who won the Toorak last year with stable star Mr Quickie, has now suggested Sansom could be heading down a similar route after his Caulfield showing.

"We just changed things around this prep," Stokes said, as quoted by racenet.com. "He did all of his pre-training at my farm, we've got an uphill training track there with two inclines and this is the first horse we've had race off it, so we're off to a really good start.

"I thought he was vulnerable today. I played it down to my owners, I said 'oh, I think he'll get beat, he's only had the one jumpout'. He's a good horse, and he's in for a very good prep."

Stokes added: "I'd like to see him stretch out over a bit further in time. I think now that he's got this run under his belt, if we can get him out to a mile, he might be a horse that can get into a Toorak (Handicap) or something like that."

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