New South Wales trainer Jason Grimson will target the Queensland Constellation Carnival with Majestic Cruiser after his charge romped to glory in New Zealand on Saturday night.
Majestic Cruiser upset Kiwi poster-boy Self Assured when taking out the Group 1 Messenger at Alexandra Park. Producing a record time in the process.
Grimson is no stranger to causing an upset. Boncel Benjamin took out the Sydney Inter Dominion pacing final on protest but this latest win could trump it.
To win in tough conditions on New Zealand soil was extremely satisfying for Grimson.
“I’ve been training at Menangle for about six years, but it’s the past 18 months or so where things have gone to another level,” he told reporters after the win.
“I’d have to say this (Auckland) win is as satisfying as any. To do it away from home and turn the horse around in a week from when he didn’t really handle the track (they race the opposite direction in Auckland).”
Majestic Cruiser now looks set for a well-earned break before crossing back over the Tasman to chase some more riches back on Australian soil.
“They’ve still got the Auckland Cup over here, but I’m skipping that. It’s too long a break, so I’ll give him a week off over here and then get him back home to prepare for Queensland,” Grimson added.
“He’ll probably just have the one lead-up run at Menangle before going up for the Sunshine Sprint and Blacks A Fake.”