AN INTERSTATE trip is tentatively on the cards for handy youngster Picard.
Following Picard’s victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle just moments ago, trainer Kevin Pizzuto revealed his intention to head north with the son of Roll With Joe.
Unbeaten from two starts for the New South Wales horseman, Picard is on target to tackle the Queensland Derby.
Part of the state’s Winter Carnival, the Blue Riband is scheduled to be run at Albion Park on July 21.
“At the moment he will just go through the grades and we’ll see how far he can get,” Pizzuto said. “He’s a very nice young horse which is still improving.
“The Queensland Derby in a few months is a possibility if he does keep improving and warrants the trip.”
Driven by Todd McCarthy, Picard began brilliantly to lead from barrier five before cruising to a 16-and-a-half metre win from Harry Day, with Bracken Sky a half-neck away third.
Covering the mile in 1:53.2, the gelding stretched his record to three wins and three placings from 11 starts for owners Gordon Banks and Marc Hanover.
“I was confident with him going into tonight and he run up to expectations,” Pizzuto said. “Once he found the front he was always going to run a handy time and be hard to run down.
“He did it as he pleased in the end and had a bit up his sleeve.”
Picard is one of four recent stable acquisitions from American-based owners Banks and Hanover.
“Marc and Gordon have sent a few across, including One Muscle Hill, Nicol Shard and Commander Kirk,” Pizzuto said. “Code Black and Majordan will also be heading back here for Danny Zavitsanos.”