El Segundoâ€™s trainer Colin Little says the geldingâ€™s Cox Plate campaign is still on track despite a troublesome fetlock joint.
The son of Pins finished fifth behind Whobegotyou on a hard Moonee Valley track in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes.
Little said he considered scratching El Segundo but had to run over a mile last Saturday to keep a Cox Plate tilt on track.
â€œThe Moonee Valley track was firmer than a good 3 rating on Saturday,â€ Little said. â€œEl Segundo pulled up with heat in his joint but there was no real soreness which was a good sign.
â€œWe have had to ice his legs but heâ€™s good. He had a trot and did a bit of work this morning (Thursday) and heâ€™ll be fine for his next run.â€
Little said the 2007 Cox Plate winner would have his next run in the Turnbull Stakes on October 3.
â€œHeâ€™s got three weeks until the Turnbull Stakes,â€ Little said. â€œHeâ€™ll be fine by then.â€