After missing out on the Magic Millions 2YO Clockwise Classic (1000m) to Carriages on the weekend, Prompt Return will be focused towards a start in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) rather than the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m).
The colt’s trainer Danny O’Brien decided to scrap a trip to the Gold Coast in January after his performance on Saturday. Despite a gallant second placing to Gai Waterhouse’s Carriages, O’Brien believes Prompt Return is better suited to the Victorian style of running so his sights have turned towards the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on February 28.
“We didn’t think he was as well suited there at Ballarat on that turning track,” O’Brien told Racing Victoria.
“Gai’s horse was obviously just too sharp for him around the corners there and with that in mind, with the Gold Coast also being a tight-turning track we’ve made the decision to bypass the Magic Millions and give him a couple of weeks in the paddock and run him in the Diamond.
“He’s had a busy enough spring already and by not pushing on to early January we can now give him a little bit of a break and have him spot on too run in the Blue Diamond.”
Prompt Return was the firm favourite for the Clockwise Classic after an impressive juvenile season that included two wins from two starts. The colt even managed to win the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) on his second start.
He had a tough run on Saturday, in which he chased Carriages for the entire race, however he has come through the race really well. The colt will now enjoy a well-earned spell for the next six to eight weeks before returning for the $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes.
“He had a tough enough run, obviously he was chasing Gai’s horse for the whole race, and James (Winks, jockey) did comment coming back that he felt like he’d had a tough run,” O’Brien said.
“But he was good as gold here Sunday morning, he’s very brought this morning and he’ll go down to our Barwon Heads property now for the next six to eight weeks and come back to get ready to run in the Prelude and the Diamond.”
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