A SHORT break then an interstate campaign.
That’s what is in store for rising star Colt Thirty One following his emphatic Queensland Cup triumph at Albion Park last night.
Thrilled with the entire’s performance, trainer Grant Dixon has set his sights on the famed Chariots Of Fire.
Australasia’s premier four-year-old event is scheduled to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on February 16.
“I will give him a freshen up now, just a short break, then get him ready for the Chariots Of Fire in the New Year,” Dixon said.
“He’s likely to have a lead up start or two here before we head to Sydney, but the Chariots is the main aim.
“The Four-Year-Old Bonanza in Melton on Australia Day is an option, but I’m not sure if we will go to that before Sydney.”
Driven by Dixon during his latest victory, Colt Thirty One was eased to the tail of the field from his outside of the second row draw as Glenferrie Hood set the pace.
Sent forward during the middle stages, Colt Thirty One was caught three and four-wide before being settled in the ‘death seat’.
Forging his way to the front at the top of the home straight, the son of Mach Three then staved off a late charge from Smooth Showgirl to score by a short half-head, with Avonnova two metres away third.
Unbeaten from four starts this term, the Australian Pacing Gold eligible entire rated 1:55 over 2138 metres.
“That was a top run from him,” Dixon said. “To come from the second row, race wide into the breeze and fight on up the straight was a terrific effort.
“He just ticks all the boxes, and if he keeps developing like he is, he should be a Grand Circuit horse this time next year.”
Bred and owned by Kevin and Kaye Seymour, Colt Thirty One extended his record to an impressive 23 wins and six placings from 33 starts for earnings of $450,329.