Trainer confident boom Kiwi Aegon is ready for $3 million Doncaster Mile

Co-trainer Andrew Forsman is hoping natural ability will trump immaturity when gun Kiwi three-year-old Aegon hunts a $3 million Doncaster Mile win at Randwick on Saturday.

There is no doubt from Forsman about the talent of his son of Sacred Falls but he admits there have been signs the three-year-old is still learning his craft since travelling to Australia to contest The Championships.

Aegon arrived in Sydney with a perfect record of four wins from as many starts including a Group 1 victory to his name before adding a dominant Group 2 Hobartville Stakes at Randwick in February.

It saw Aegon start as the short priced favourite to win the Randwick Guineas where the gelding came up short in his bid to add a second Group 1 when finishing sixth in the mile feature behind Lion’s Roar.

Trainer Andrew Forsman. Photo: AAP Image/Simon BullardSource:AAP

Forsman and co-trainer Murray Baker made the choice to give Aegon a freshen up after the Guineas defeat before putting a Doncaster tilt in the crosshairs.

“He has enjoyed his freshen up and is as good as he can be,” Forsman said.

“This prep he has shown a touch of immaturity while he has been over here.

“He is struggling to cope with his racing a bit at the moment but once he is a bit older and more mature that won’t be an issue.

“Hopefully we've got a few more years racing with him yet.”

It will be more than a month since his last run when Aegon lines up in the Doncaster but the stable has given him a trial at Warwick Farm in preparation for the feature.

Aegon won the Hobartville Stakes. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Aegon scored a narrow win in the 1175m hit out on the polytrack last Thursday and Forsman is now in Sydney preparing his highly-talented campaigner for his autumn grand final.

“We will give him a couple of good gallops this week,” Forsman said.

“The trial last week was good timing wise.

“It wasn't ideal to have to do it on the polytrack but not much could be done about that.

“Kerrin (McEvoy) was happy with him and he‘s a pretty push button horse so we aren’t really concerned that he will be jumping on him for the first time in a raceon Saturday.

“He gets in well at the weights and should be a good chance in what is shaping up as a stronger race than it looked to be a few weeks ago.”

Aegon is rated a $13 contender with TAB.com.au for the Doncaster where he will carry 52.5kg.

He is expected to be one of a number of three-year-olds in the race with star colt Mo’unga and classy filly Forbidden Love among the major contenders should that filly sneak into the field.

The final field and barrier draw will be declared on Tuesday morning at Randwick.

Originally published asKiwi gun ‘as good as he can be’ for Doncaster Mile

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