AS PROMISING as his first-up win was, Let It Ride still has a lot to prove.
Considered a rising star following his stellar four-year-old campaign, Let It Ride failed to live up to expectations last season during his five-year-old campaign.
The son of Rock N Roll Heaven managed just one country-front win from 13 starts, prompting trainer Tim Butt to question his future.
Sent for a long spell after a pair of disappointing runs last June, Let It Ride returned with a “pleasing” win at Tabcorp Park Menangle earlier this month.
“I know he looked like he was going to take that next step quite easily at the end of his four-year-old campaign, but in hindsight, it may have looked better at the time than it was,” Butt said.
“In The Blacks A Fake for example there wasn’t a lot of form horses and he was in a zone.
“Plus it’s not always easy adjusting to open class the next time around so he needed that seasoning.
“His win first-up was very pleasing and he has trained on well since.
“Hopefully he can go on with the job on Saturday night.”
Saturday night will see Let It Ride return to Menangle where he will step back into open class from barrier six.
The gelding slots into five with the removal of the emergency, which has him listed on the third line of betting at $8.50 with TAB Fixed Odds.
Despite drawing wide in 10 and 11, Cash N Flow and Majordan head the market at $2.25 and $3.30.
“He has worked on well since his win and should be right in the thick of it again,” Butt said. “If he can continue to progress from that run he will at least be worth having a look at the Miracle Mile lead-up races.
“If not I will have to look at other options with him.”