Kevin Chapman thinks Locharburn could be something a little special. That’s why he will not make the late payment for the Sires Stakes and has instead sent the imposing son of Christian Cullen to the spelling paddock.
“I don’t really agree with the late payment clause anyway,” said Chapman. “I think it is a bit unfair to those who have paid all the way through,” he added.
Chapman said that Locharburn, who is currently bouncing around his paddock at Chapman’s Amberley property, would have a quiet time for the rest of the month before preparing for the Elsu Classic and the rich NZ Yearling Sales Series Final, which is his main immediate aim.
“He may not have any lead-ups down here and just head straight up to Auckland to have a run around Alexandra Park the week before the Elsu Classic.”
Chapman said that Locharburn doesn’t even really turn three until December and that he didn’t want to overtax him too early in his career.
“I want him to have a good career, not just a good season. He has already had four starts this season, and he is going to have a big autumn. So he needs to have a break at some stage, and now is as good a time as any.”
Chapman thinks Locharburn could be the real deal, but he is not getting carried away just yet.
“He has run some good times, but he hasn’t really beaten much with the exception of Arden Rooney,” said Chapman. “I do think he will get a bit better yet, but only time will tell,” laughed Chapman.
By Mitchell Robertson