Commands The Field

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Busuttin's filly Commands respect

It may have only been a four-horse maiden that she prevailed in on debut, but co-trainer Trent Busuttin is confident that his two-year-old filly Commands The Field can measure up when she takes her spot in the VRC Member Philip Jacobsen Sprint at Flemington on Saturday.

Busuttin, who trains in partnership with Natalie Young, has four runners declared to start at Flemington and has nominated the Deep Field filly as the pick of his quartet.

Commands The Field will take on highly publicised debutant Invincible Caviar, with Daniel Moor booked for the ride.

"I've got a lot of time for this filly, she's a very smart filly, Busuttin said.

"I'd say it's discounted a bit the form, being a Cranbourne Friday night meeting, but I'd certainly think she's capable of winning this race.

"Obviously, you've got a couple of high-profile debutants with very strong breeding behind them, so that gives a bit of gloss to the race, but I'd be very confident that my filly will measure up."

WATCH: Commands The Field's debut win

Busuttin and Young will saddle up the in-form Summaroca in the VRC Member Brian Lindsay Trophy over 1400m. The El Roca gelding has won three of his past four starts, including a last-start triumph over the same course and distance, but Busuttin believes it will be harder for him this time around.

"He's come through his race very, very well," he said.

"He's jumping up from 54 to 58kg against the same grade of horse with the wide gate, so it's certainly going to be a bit tougher. I can't fault the way the horse is going into the race, but it's certainly a good field looking (at it) on paper."

WATCH: Summaroca's last-start win at Flemington

Like Summaroca, Mr Tipla will also have to deal with a wide gate, but at least will appreciate coming back in trip to 1400m on Saturday, after his stamina was stretched at his latest run.

"I just don't think he saw out the mile," Busuttin said.

"He didn't have the best of luck, he was held up for most of the way down the straight, but when he got out, he was still a bit weak late, I reckon he didn't see out the 1600.

"Back to 1400, again, he faces a task from a wide gate, (it) makes things tough, we'll have to go back, but the horse is going very well, he puts in most runs, he always tries very hard, but the gate makes it tough."

The barrier gods have been kinder though to Crimson Ace, who has come up with stall five for the final event on the card over 2000m. The five-year-old mare was second to In Good Health at her previous run in the Listed Centaurea Stakes during the Adelaide Carnival.

"She's a mare that's just had no luck at all in her career, she should have won three or four (more) races, she's run seconds and thirds, she's just a mare that just doesn't seem to get the rub of the green," Busuttin said.

"It was a fantastic ride from a wide gate last time, she's going to get a soft run, she'll run very well again.

"She's a horse that thrives with wet conditions, I don't think we're going to get that on Saturday, it's a fairly strong field for a (Benchmark) 84, but she will again run a good, honest race and I'd be disappointed if she doesn't weigh in."

The Busuttin Racing assault on the weekend's racing isn't just limited to Flemington.

Inverloch will contest the Listed Winter Cup at Rosehill on Saturday on the back of a tenacious all-the-way triumph in the Wagga Cup.

Those form lines were franked in Brisbane last weekend when runner up Spirit Ridge came out and won the G3 Premier's Cup at Eagle Farm.

"It was a good, tough, solid run," Busuttin said.

"He just ran hard sectionals throughout the race, I don't think he ever got above 12-and-a-half (seconds) per sectional, most of the time he was clipping along sub-12s, the horse was just too tough for everything, there were no excuses behind him, the form has been franked.

"Look, 60 kilos makes it hard, he'll get the cut of the ground, which he'll enjoy. Twenty-four hundred is just at the top of his range, he ran second in a Mornington Cup to not a bad horse of Mike Moroney's (Aktau).

"He'll run his usual honest race, he'll be in front on the turn I'm thinking, unless something wants to go mad, and he'll give a good kick. Sixty kilos over 2400, it's certainly tough but he'll run very well."