SMALL steps will prevent talented squaregaiter Lettuce Trot from heading to Queensland.
Triumphant in the $50,000 Four and Five-Year-Old Final at Club Menangle tonight, Lettuce Trot gives the impression of being the ideal candidate for next week’s inaugural The Great Square at Albion Park.
The $150,000 feature is for three and four-year-olds, with Lettuce Trot fitting into the latter category.
Despite the lure of riches, trainer Russell Jack stated the pacing-bred son of Tintin In America will not be taken to the Sunshine State.
“There will be no Queensland trip for him,” Jack said. “It will probably be a bit hard at this stage of his career.
“That said, he is getting better all the time, but small steps is what we will be taking with him.
“He’ll get home tomorrow and have a couple of easy days before I see what is around for him next.”
With Jack’s son, Nathan, in the cart, Lettuce Trot showed brilliant gate speed to lead from barrier seven before being eased to take a trail behind Watts Up Majestic.
Angled into the clear at the top of the home straight, Lettuce Trot quickly regained the front before staving off a late charge from Jungle Eyes to score by a head.
Affaire De Cover was 13-and-a-half metres away third.
Covering the mile in 1:56, the gelding took his record to eight wins and five placings from 19 starts for earnings of $100,996.
“He only just got there, but he got there, which is all that counts,” Jack said. “He’s a reasonably good trotter, which provided he stays sound, will go a fair way.
“He missed his entire three-year-old season because of a few lameness problems, as he hasn’t been the soundest horse, but is quite good at the moment.”