HAVING completed a successful cameo Soho Hamilton has been sent back to the paddock.
Pleased with the talented youngster’s mini campaign, trainer Michael Stanley plans to keep Soho Hamilton fresh ahead of several key majors including the Victoria Derby in January.
“He will go straight back to the paddock now for another break,” Stanley said. “We’ll be taking aim at the Victoria Derby, so he will have a short spell and then I’ll get him ready for that.
“He is still a touch green, but overall he is starting to mature with each run and just has the feel of a Derby horse about him.
“I’m really happy with his two runs back and expect him to be better again next time in.”
Triumphant in his heat when first-up since April, Soho Hamilton was in a class of his own in the Alabar Home Grown Classic at Tabcorp Park Melton during the weekend.
Caught wide early from barrier five, the son of American Ideal worked to the lead with the remainder of the Group Two becoming a formality.
Never seriously challenged, Soho Hamilton was untouched to score by seven-and-a-half metres from Pradason, with Illawong Mustang seven metres away third.
“I was very happy with his run,” Stanley said. “I was confident going into the race and he ran up to expectations.
“He did switch off at times, but he is still learning what it is all about.”
Rating 1:55.3 over 1720 metres, the colt stretched his record to three wins from five starts for earnings of $35,330.