Adelaide trainer Paul Beshara has ruled out a trip to Dubai for stable star Happy Trails and will instead aim him towards a second tilt at the Group 1 2013 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
After an excellent spring campaign that saw the popular gelding break through at Group 1 level in the Emirates Stakes, Beshara was seriously considering a trip overseas for the 2013 Dubai World Cup Carnival in March.
But the risks associated with travel and an eye to the future with the five-year-old led Beshara to take a safer option at the 2013 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
“We definitely looked at Dubai, we chose not to go because it’s a long trip and when you’re finished in Dubai you go to England for 30 days in quarantine,” Beshara said.
“You don’t want to knock them around. I think we’re better off staying here and having a crack at what we have here.”
Beshara said the son of Good Journey, who was bought for just $11,000 as a yearling, is progressing well towards his Sydney campaign that will begin in the Group 2 2013 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill.
He will then contest the Group 1 2013 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on April 6 before the eventual goal of the Doncaster at Randwick on April 20.
It will be his second test in the prestigious mile after producing an eye-catching finish to run sixth last year.
Beshara is confident he will be at the top of his game come the autumn and can back up the form shown during his career-best campaign at the Spring Carnival.
“He’s going beautifully. He’s just such an easy horse, he does everything asked of him, he eats well,” Beshara said.
Apart from the Emirates win, Happy Trails also took out the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes and finished runner-up in the Group 2 Memsie Stakes.