Cox Plate plans no longer figure on Somepin Anypin’s radar as trainer Gary Portelli continues to plot a conservative spring campaign at Rosehill on Saturday.
“We nominated him for the Cox Plate but decided not to pay up the other day,” Portelli said.
Somepin Anypin created unwanted headlines with his return to racing but Portelli is determined for the four-year-old to keep a low Shannon Stakes day profile in a support race.
“I want to try to get his rating up first and then I’ll deal with the better races from there,” Portelli said.
“The Cox Plate is out but there are still plenty of options, especially in Melbourne, which is good.”
Somepin Anypin was beaten by a barrier malfunction when he resumed in a restricted race on Golden Rose day.
His gate was slow to open, forcing Jim Cassidy to make unwanted use of the gelding to improve his position wider on the track.
Dead-heating for second behind Tiger Tees was rated an outstanding effort but it came as little consolation for supporters.
Stewards found Somepin Anypin was denied a fair start but because the promising galloper weighed in and earned prizemoney, rules say he couldn’t be declared a non-runner.
Somepin Anypin burst onto the scene last summer with three wins in four starts, including a runaway 7-1/2-length victory at Rosehill.
His campaign came to an abrupt halt on the back of more than one excuse when down the course in the Group Two Hobartville Stakes.
Somepin Anypin has drawn the middle of the field in Saturday’s Myer Spring Racing Fashion Handicap (1350m).
The Benchmark 85 race has drawn together of a mix of out-of-form gallopers on the fringes of stakes-class racing and up-and-comers such as Somepin Anypin, Renewed Vitality, Indiscretions and the country-trained Exploitable Doubt.