Lindsay Park will resist pushing too far into winter with first-up Flemington winner Sebrakate.
Senior trainer David Hayes is already considering an early spring campaign with the two-year-old following his win in Saturday’s Cobcroft Support National Jockeys Trust Trophy.
Sent off the $3.20 favourite under Craig Williams, Sebrakate raced to a two length win over St Edward’s Crown ($7.50) with Miami Bound ($7.50) a long-head away third.
“He went to the front and grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck,” Hayes said.
“It was a really good win and I think he’s improved.
“He was unlucky in the Magic Millions not to be placed and he was beaten a head by the Golden Slipper winner, so it was good form for a race like this.”
Carrying 57kg on Saturday, Hayes said Sebrakate was well-weighted but fears a handicap hike if he was to race on into winter.
“He’ll get too much weight going forward being a three-time two-year-old winner,” Hayes said.
A son of Sebring, Hayes expects continued improvement from Sebrakate into his three-year-old days.
“His trial the other day showed me he’s gone to another level and the breed, the Sebring’s, they get better with age,” Hayes said.