Black Piranha will make his first public appearance since winning the Group I Stradbroke Handicap with a barrier trial at Rosehill on Friday.
Trainer Con Karakatsanis said the six-year-old gelding is â€œon trackâ€ to resume from a break in the Group III Cameron Handicap at Newcastle on September 16.
â€œHeâ€™ll only be having an easy trial on Friday because I want to trial him again in a fortnight but Iâ€™m very happy with how he is progressing,â€ Karakatsanis said.
â€œThe horse spelled very well and came back in great shape and heâ€™s carried on where he left off when he got back.â€
Karakatsanis said the only run set in stone for the campaign is the Cameron.
The trainer will then weigh up a start in the George Main Stakes before heading to Melbourne or going south immediately after the first-up run.
â€œIâ€™m a bit undecided at this stage,â€ he said.
â€œHeâ€™ll probably only have three runs leading into the Cox Plate because we get the best out of him when raced like that.
â€œIâ€™d say heâ€™ll stay in Sydney until after the George Main but weâ€™ll just wait and see how we go.â€
Black Piranha has raced just once past 1600 metres but Karakatsanis believes the son of Clang has all the attributes of a horse which can handle the extra distance.
â€œHe relaxes so weâ€™ll in his races that Iâ€™m confident heâ€™ll get the extra ground,â€ he said.
â€œWeâ€™ll test him out in the Caulfield Stakes a fortnight before the Cox Plate so he should be at his top when we get to Moonee Valley.â€
Black Piranhaâ€™s regular jockey Tye Angland will partner the gelding in his trial on Friday.
TAB Sportsbet have Black Piranha listed as an $18 Cox Plate chance.