After making his debut at the back end of winter many were excited about the prospects of Motorised moving into the Melbourne spring racing carnival.
While he may not have been up to the elite level of three year old racing he was rated a good chance of picking up a few events in the lower grades.
In the end though trainer John Sadler has decided to shelve any such plans in favour of a patience strategy he hopes will pay off later on.
Sadler has a big opinion of the colt but he’s cautious to not push the horse too hard in the endeavour to uncover a performance matching his promise.
For that reason the horse will have his final run of this preparation tomorrow at Flemington.
“He’s a really nice horse,” Sadler said.
“He’s had the two starts and didn’t have a great deal of luck at Moonee Valley at his first start but we were pleased with his effort there.
“Then he ran an unlucky second behind the Snowden horse (Pied A Terre) and I think they’ve got a pretty good opinion of him.
“This horse unfortunately is very immature. He’s very light and lean and only a shadow of what I think he’ll develop into.
“This will be his last run. There’s not another run in him and I’m just hoping we’re not going to the well once too often.
“But if he runs up to his run the other day he’ll be hard to beat.
“He’s probably the horse I’m most excited about out of our whole team. I do think he’s a Group horse in the making.
“But at one stage we weren’t even going to go to the races he’s so immature and I just hope I’m not making a mistake running him tomorrow.”
Motorised debuted at Moonee Valley on the second of July where he was three lengths away forth winner in fourth spot.
After that he moved on to Flemington where he was narrowly beaten by the same horse to finish second.
While his prep may be coming to an end the experiments are continuing with stable mate Bondarenko.
The four year old mare won on debut at Geelong’s synthetic track over 1300m before running third over the same trek at Seymour and fifth over 1400m at Caulfield.
Tomorrow she races at Flemington over a stepped up journey of 1800m with new tactics to boot.
Previously they’ve tried to settle her back in the pack but the instruction for Macau based apprentice Cash Wong tomorrow will be to lead all the way.
His other notable runner tomorrow is ex-Queenslander Sarge In Charge who jumps up in grade at Flemington but drops both weight and distance in getting back to 1000m.
His start though is dependent on the wet weather arriving in Melbourne which has been forecast for the last few days.