Ustinov mare set for G1 Auckland Cup

She’s Insatiable has thrived in the early stages of her North Island campaign and is on target for the G2 Avondale Cup on February 14.

The Ustinov mare stormed home for an eye-catching third in the Wellington Cup last month before Canterbury trainer Terrill Charles sent her to Matamata for a week on the water-walker at Brad Peterson’s Doriemus Lodge.

Charles has been accompanied on a first trip north by her partner and co-owner Peter Corbett.  “I couldn’t believe how well she did on the water-walker and that set her up for some serious work last week.  She’s just loving it up here and coping with everything – probably better than me!”

She’s Insatiable (6m Ustinov – Checkered Past by Pentire) burst to prominence at Riccarton in November with a victory in the Metropolitan Trophy before a sound third in the New Zealand Cup.  Charles is confident of another good effort this weekend in advance of the G1 Auckland Cup on March 4.

Ustinov (Seeking The Gold) sired G1 Telegraph Hcp winner Vonusti while stationed in New Zealand before moving back to Victoria.  His oldest progeny at Moorookyle Park near Daylesford are yearlings