CONNECTIONS of Australia’s top three-year-olds can breathe with ease.
Although unbeaten youngster Self Assured is heading to Melbourne, he will not contest the upcoming Australasian Breeders’ Crown.
Co-trainer Mark Purdon discussed his plans with the boom pacer following Self Assured’s success in last night’s Queensland Derby, which includes a trip to Victoria.
The southern sojourn is only a means to an end, however, with Self Assured heading back to New Zealand.
“He will go to Victoria now with Princess Tiffany and Jesse Duke,” Purdon said. “He is not eligible for the Breeders’ Crown so he will go home for a spell.
“We’ll look at bringing him back in time for the New Zealand Cup Carnival in November.
“He won’t contest the Cup, but will go in some of the support races.”
With Purdon holding the reins during his Blue Riband triumph, Self Assured worked to the lead from barrier four before scoring by eight-and-a-half metres from Lochinvar Art, which lost no admirers after working overtime in the ‘death seat’.
Princess Tiffany and Jesse Duke dead-heated for third, a metre-and-a-half away.
Stretching his perfect record to six, the son of Bettors Delight rated a brilliant 1:54.2 over 2680 metres, with his time just a half-second slower than Colt Thirty One in The Blacks A Fake.
“He’s a pretty special horse,” Purdon said. “He was injured early on which is why he didn’t start racing until he was a late three-year-old.
“He has come a long way in a short period of time and will now benefit from a good break.”