A REVAMPED program will see talented youngster Crunch Time continue to “tread water” for the foreseeable future.
Originally being set to majors such as the Australian Pacing Gold and New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge, Crunch Time’s schedule has been changed.
Like the bulk of feature race hopefuls, Crunch Time will have to wait for his chance at the main events due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
As a result of the various lock downs and restrictions racing authorities throughout the nation have been forced to postpone or cancel a host of Group One events.
“His main goals for the rest of the season were the APG and Breeders’ Challenge, but that’s up in the air now,” trainer Rickie Alchin said.
“Hopefully they will be run later in the year as per the rescheduling and he will be right when the time comes.
“For now he will tread water and I will just find what suitable races I can.
“I’ll probably only give him a couple more starts before a break anyway as it is easy for three-year-olds to get on too tough a mark under the national ratings system.”
Alchin was able to find one of the “suitable” races at Club Menangle last night, with Crunch Time making the most of his opportunity.
With Alchin holding the reins, the son of Somebeachsomewhere led throughout from eight to register an effortless 14-and-a-half metre win from Aalesund, with Semi Sensation three meters away third.
Covering the mile in 1:53.7, Crunch Time extended his record to five wins and five placings from 22 starts for earnings of $70,710.
“He did it very easily,” Alchin said. “It was a drop in class on what he has been racing.
“He’s become more tractable this time in and is beginning to develop into a real racehorse.”