Rick Hore-Lacy will send talented two-year-old Clevadude for an extended rest after he beat just two horses home in the 2013 Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
The son of Bel Esprit started jumped from a wide barrier as second favourite at $5 but bombed the start and was never in the hunt, eventually finishing 10 lengths off winner Real Surreal.
It was a disappointing end to the debut campaign of Clevadude who earned his short price at the Gold Coast on the back of two dominant wins to begin his career in Melbourne.
It was an educational experience for Hore-Lacy who said he is unlikely to take a lightly-raced youngster north again in the future.
“It’s hot and humid and the horses don’t like it, I’d think twice about bringing a horse up there again from Melbourne,” Hore-Lacy told Racing Victoria.
“It’s such a tight turning track and you wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for that race.”
The Caulfield trainer said he was “looking for an excuse” to send the promising youngster to the paddock and the performance had made the decision easy.
He is likely to spell for three months meaning he will miss the entire 2013 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival and 2013 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Hore-Lacy said there is nothing physically wrong with the horse but a spell in the paddock would have him ready to resume racing in July and for a tilt at the 2013 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
Meanwhile, Magic Millions Classic winner Real Surreal is also likely to skip the autumn, with trainer Kelso Wood resisting temptation to push on towards the Golden Slipper.
Wood will instead target the filly at the Brisbane Winter Carnival where she will follow in the footsteps of stablemate Sizzling and attempt to win the Group 1 TJ Smith.