Ranting will bypass a Group 1 in Adelaide to run at Flemington on Saturday, as co-trainer Troy Corstens eyes a shot at the Stradbroke Handicap.
The Group 3 winner, who roared back to form last start running third in the Group 2 Tobin Bronze Stakes at Morphettville, must perform in the Royal Ascot Silver Bowl on Saturday to warrant a Queensland trip.
“It will be a test for him on Saturday, if he runs really well then we’ll head up to Queensland with him,“ Corstens said.
“It was great to see (last start), I thought I’d just go down the slightly easier option.
“He’s been up a while and had quite a few issues, I thought if we can be really competitive and win a nice 1400m here he probably deserves a trip up to Queensland.“
Ranting surged from last in the Tobin Bronze to finish alongside runner-up Litchfield County, only 1.5 lengths behind Goodwood contender Beau Rossa.
It was the three-year-old colt‘s first run in eight weeks after a back complaint.
“His second-up run down the straight he strained his back really badly,” Corstens said.
“It took us a long time to get him right, we got him right and he bounced back in Adelaide.
“Still he wasn’t 100 per cent, (jockey) Craig (Williams) said, but we’re close to being 100 per cent now and we should be right Saturday.”
Apprentice Teo Nugent has been booked for the ride, following the suspension of Lachlan King.
The return to form last start ended an excusable run of outs for the Zoustar colt and bolstered Corstens‘ belief in the three-year-old’s top-flight potential.
“We think he’s good enough, he’s just got to show us that he is,” Corstens said.
“Maybe it is just a maturity thing, we’ll get the chance to see him as a four-year-old which is great.
Ranting was competitive running ninth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate last February, 2.7 lengths behind the dead-heaters Celebrity Queen and Portland Sky.
His second-up failure in the Listed Incognitus Stakes was inconclusive, due to the back injury.
Corstens, who trains in partnership with his father Leon, will also run three-year-old Sweet Karolina in the Goodwood Trophy (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.
“She’s a nice filly on the up,” Corstens said.
“She’s probably also on trial to see if we can get her up to Brisbane for an (Queensland) Oaks.”
Originally published asRanting to use Silver Bowl as Stradbroke springboard
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