After back-to-back Randwick wins connections of the Kerry Parker-trained Planet Purple have opted to stay in Sydney this Saturday and bypass the chance at some black type in Brisbane’s 2013 Queensland Cup.
Six-year-old Universal Prince Planet Purple has been in flying form over the past month enjoying successive Sydney wins over 2400m and 2600m respectively, their first victories since June of 2011.
One of the known mudlarks enjoying the wet weather, the gelding was last seen running over Secessio to take out a Benchmark 80 over 2600m on a Heavy (10) Randwick course on June 22.
Thoughts then turned to giving them their chance in a Listed race over two miles with Planet Purple one of 15 nominations for the $150,000 Queensland Cup (3200m).
An entry was also thrown in for a Benchmark 80 over the mile and a half at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, and it is this lower-key race Parker has opted to run the horse in with noted Kerrin McEvoy to ride.
While getting up to seven-year-olds old Parker believes Planet Purple still has a lot of mental maturing to do and doesn’t want to risk travelling them to the sunshine state on the weekend which would be their first interstate trip in a 33-start career.
“He’s not the most sensible horse in the world and not the best traveller so we have decided to stay in Sydney,” Parker confirmed.
Keeping the horse comfortable and possibly in the winner’s stall means more to the Kembla Grange horseman than the juicy prize money in the Queensland Cup even though he knows Planet Purple would be competitive over the Melbourne Cup distance of 3200m.
“I think the race in Brisbane was a winnable race for him but after the trip there I’m not sure what would have walked off the float,” Parker said.
“He’ll be meeting much the same field at Rosehill as last time so it’s in his best interests to stay here.
“He is a lean, fit racehorse and after he won over 2600 (metres) on a Heavy 10 I wasn’t going to do too much with him anyway,” Parker said.
“He isn’t the sort of horse that needs too much work. He doesn’t carry any excess weight which is why we call him `Sticks’ at home.
“He’ll go to the race fit and well.”