HAVING outclassed his older rivals at Albion Park last night, Colt Thirty One will return to age-restricted racing for the remainder of the season.
With his QBred title defence just a fortnight away, Colt Thirty One will be kept fresh for the Group Two before being readied for another Blue Riband tilt.
Winner of the Victoria Derby last January, the Grant Dixon-trained colt will be primed for his home state’s Classic on July 21.
Should all go to plan, the three-year-old will then return to Victoria for the Australasian Breeders’ Crown in August.
“There are still some big races for him this season,” owner Kevin Seymour said. “He has the Triad Final in a couple of weeks, then it will be on to the Derby.
“Not long after that he will be back in Victoria for the Breeders’ Crown.”
Driven by Dixon’s reinswoman-wife, Trista, Colt Thirty One was eased to the tail of the field from the outside of the front row as Fire And Ice worked to the lead.
Angled three-wide approaching the bell, Colt Thirty One was forced to race deep without cover before dashing to the front around the home turn.
Striding clear of the pack, the son of Mach Three was untouched to score by eight-and-a-half metres from Oasis Dream, with Grinvil four metres away third.
“That was an outstanding run,” Seymour said. “For a horse which has had to race three-wide and work before finding the death to the front and run 1:53.2 it probably hasn’t been seen before around Albion Park.
“He shows all the hallmarks of a top horse, which is heading to open company.”