Talented trainer Mark Jones knows that if he is patient now he will be rewarded later.
That is why he has sent his superstar four-year-old Saveapatrol to the spelling paddock, bypassing an array of features including the Easter Cup, Taylor Mile, and the New Zealand Messenger.
But it does stop there either as Saveapatrol will also miss the Harness Jewels, even though he is currently the 4YO Emerald Stakes leader.
“I want to give him a good break so he can have a big preparation for the New Zealand Cup next season,” says Jones. “He has had a great season and has done more than I could have ever expected of him,” he added.
“I want to look after him, that is why we are not going to be greedy and go for every race,” he explained. “I’m just lucky he has such a great owner (Grant Hatton) that is allowing me to do it.”
“This way he should be able to race in top company for a few years,” he enthused.
Meanwhile, Purdon and Rasmussen are set to launch a three-pronged attack on the upcoming Australian Pacing Gold Series in Australia with Follow The Stars, Kept Under Wraps, and Supersonic Miss, all set to fly out on Thursday.
Follow The Stars and Supersonic Miss both trialled well yesterday at Addington, while Kept Under Wraps was a stylish debut winner at Invercargill on Sunday.
However, news is not so good for Gentle Western, who was injured in Sunday’s Southern Supremacy smash.
“He has cut his knee badly and taken some skin of his shoulder and will need two months out,” said Purdon’s son, Nathan.
By Mitchell Robertson