In the past, Rosehill winner Asterius would be heading to Melbourne for the greys race on the Oaks day program but trainer Chris Waller has a million reasons to keep him closer to home.
Asterius ($3.80) prevailed over stablemate Mr Reckless ($14) to win Saturday’s benchmark 88 handicap over 1500m by a short half head.
“He’s entered for the greys race at Flemington but he will go to The Gong in three weeks.”
“It’s a million dollar race over 1800 metres in three weeks which suits.
“He likes his races three weeks apart and is a horse I think might get to the Villiers in December.”
The $1 million Gong (1800m) is a new race on the calendar to be run at Kembla Grange near Wollongong on November 23 with Happy Clapper the headline act so far.