New Zealand Group 1 winner Aegon set for possible first-up raid on Memsie Stakes

Outstanding Kiwi four-year-old Aegon is likely to head to Melbourne to take on the locals in next Saturday’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes.

Aegon won five of his seven starts in a brilliant debut season.

Aegon’s haul included a win in the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas at only his third start and the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes in Sydney.

Co-trainer Andrew Forsman told the New Zealand Racing Desk the son of Ocean Park was booked to fly to Melbourne next week.

“Obviously, we have got until early next week to make a final call on that but just weighing up the options we feel like it’s worth having a go,” Forsman, who trains Aegon in partnership with Murray Baker, said.

“At this stage it is the Memsie.”

Connections also have the option of staying in New Zealand to contest the Tarzino Trophy, also run over 1400m, first-up.

But the $1m prizemoney on offer in the Memsie dwarfs the $NZ200,000 of the Tarzino Trophy.

Forsman said Aegon has only had one trial leading into his return to race.

But the stable believes the hitout in heavy ground could be enough for the gelding to impress in the Memsie Stakes.

New Zealand four-year-old Aegon was a winner in Australia for trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes during the Sydney Autumn Carnival. Picture: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

“That is the one thing that does make us a little bit nervous about taking him over and throwing him into Group 1 weight-for-age-company,” Forsman said.

“But at the end of the day he is either going to kick off there or in the Tarzino, which would still be a very competitive race against good weight-for-age sprinters anyway.

“It comes down to prizemoney.

“If he goes to Memsie and draws well, I feel like he is working well enough that if he runs up to his best, he should be competitive.”

Forsman said the $7.5m Golden Eagle at Rosehill on October 30 was one of the possible spring targets for Aegon.

TAB has Aegon at $11 in its pre-nomination market on the Memsie Stakes.

Originally published asTop class Kiwi chance for Memsie Stakes

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