Astute Kiwi trainer Murray Baker will not be bringing Victoria Derby favourite It’s A Dundeel out of the spelling paddock for another eight days.
“He’s had a good holiday but he’s not due out of the paddock until December 18 and he won’t be coming out until then,” Baker told racingnetwork from New Zealand this morning.
After running seventh in the Derby in Melbourne, Baker took the exciting staying son of boom sire High Chapparal back to Cambridge with him.
“He’s been spelling just two kms down the road from me – this is beautiful horse country this.
"Cambridge Stud is just over the back of me here,” Baker said. Baker said he would have plenty of time to prepare It’s A Dundeel for the ATC Derby in Sydney in the autumn.
“That’s his aim – the Derby in Sydney,” he said.
Baker said the horse would not run in New Zealand before he went to Sydney for his autumn campaign.
“He may have a trial or something like that, but he won’t race here before he goes to Sydney,” Baker added.
It’s A Dundeel, racing as Dundeel in New Zealand, won his first start at Ellerslie this year in April before moving across to Sydney.
He then went four for four in Sydney, including the Gloaming Stakes into the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes.
He was an odds-on favourite when second in the AAMI Vase before running $2.70 favourite in the Derby when seventh.