2013 Winterbottom Stakes Assignment for Travinator

Lark Hill trainer Daniel Pearce is already dreaming about the riches of next year’s Perth Summer Racing Carnival majors naming the Winterbottom Stakes 2013 as the likely goal for his progressive sprinter Travinator.

The Mosayter four-year-old failed to fire in this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) when their four straight winning streak came to an end.

Travinator only managed to finish seven lengths away ninth unable to beat home any other runner in the race won by the undefeated Barakey who is 11 from 11 and heading towards the Group 1 Oakleigh PlateNewmarket Handicap double during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

It was a disappointing result for the talented galloper who was unsuited to the muddling pace.

Pearce was originally going to bring the horse back for this weekend’s $80,000 R.S. Crawford Stakes (1000m) on CB Cox Stakes Day where they would have jumped the short-priced favourite but they will instead be saved for a return in the new year after being found to be suffering from bruised heels.

The injury cost them an important track gallop last Friday and putting the recovery of the horse first Pearce has decided to keep them in the paddock for a full three months.

“He’s done enough and I don’t need to patch him up at this stage to try to get another race,” Pearce said.

“He can have a good break and let his hooves grow and come back for an 80-plus handicap and the Beaufine Stakes at Belmont Park in mid-winter.”

A winner of seven of their 10 career starts to date Travinator made their black type debut in the Winterbottom which was also just their second run over the 1200m.

While Pearce still has his doubts over whether the horse is a genuine 1200m chance, their other attempt over the distance a distant sixth back in May at Belmont Park, he will prepare him for next year’s Winterbottom Stakes.

“I would like to try him in a 1200m Listed race after that to see whether he can run out 1200m,” Pearce said.

“If he did then he would look at the Winterbottom again and if he didn’t there are plenty of 1000m races about.”

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