MELTON horseman David Kaa has set his sights on Victoria’s rich Country Cup Circuit following a drought-breaking victory.
Kaa confirmed his plans after Sertorius was triumphant at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Stating the squaregaiter is better suited to long distance racing, Kaa is confident the provincial features, which range between 2500 and 3000 metres, will be ideal for the son of Muscle Yankee.
Kaa will put his theory to the test in a fortnight when Sertorius contests the McNamara Memorial Trotters’ Cup during Geelong Cup night.
“He gives the feeling of being an old fashioned grinder,” Kaa said. “He’ll keep going over the long trip and run even quarters all day.
“He’s won over a mile in New Zealand, but the bulk of his wins and better runs have been in 2700-metre stands.
“I’m looking towards the country cups with him and will start off in Geelong in a couple of weeks.”
Driven by Anthony Butt during his latest outing, Sertorius worked to find the lead from barrier six as early front runner, Electrojet, was eased to take a trail.
Forced to dig deep during the latter stages, Sertorius staved off a late charge from Electrojet along the sprint lane to score by a short half-head.
Kyvalley Finn was five-and-a-half metres away third.
Having his fourth start since crossing the Tasman, Sertorius rated 2:00.5 over 2240 metres to give Kaa his first win since Bo Yang scored in Ballarat.
“It got close at the end, but he did well to hold on,” Kaa said. “It’s been about 18 months since I had a win, but this horse is the first one since selling Bo Yang a couple of starts after his win.”