Talented gelding Not Listenin’tome remains in the spelling paddock, but co-trainer Michael Hawkes is hoping that he will be ready for a return to the races towards the end of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
Not Listenin’tome started his autumn preparation with a dominant four lengths win in the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 22 and finished second behind Appearance in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick on March 15, but he had his campaign prematurely ended after he contacted a virus.
Hawkes told Racing Ahead that Not Listenin’tome had taken a while to recover from the virus and was still not ready to return to trackwork, but remains hopeful that the rising four-year-old will be able to feature at some stage in the spring.
“He is still out,” Hawkes said.
“Obviously he got that virus last time in and it took him a really long time to get over it.
“Unfortunately he is still out at the moment, but hopefully we will get him back later in the spring.
“We are just playing it by ear at the moment.”
Not Listenin’tome made his racing debut with a dominant five and a half lengths win at Bendigo on September 8 last year and took out the Hygain Handicap (1200m) at Ballarat on October 10 before making his debut at Group level in the Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 26.
The son of Dylan Thomas was stepped-up to Group 1 level for the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 2 at just his fourth race start and he produced an impressive performance to finish second behind Zoustar.
Hawkes said that he has been happy with each of Not Listenin’tome’s starts during his racing career and he is confident that the John Moore-owned gelding is capable of recording a maiden win at Group 1 level when he returns to racing.
“He is a really nice horse and in his first prep he got behind Zoustar,” Hawkes said.
“Zoustar got to that bar real quick and our bloke took a little bit to get there and you couldn’t really disgrace him, but his run here in Sydney was nothing short of outstanding and he just got beat by a super horse.
“It is unfortunate that happened, but you can’t worry about that we have to look forward and hopefully he comes right and he gets back into the swing of things.
“He is definitely a talent that we don’t get to see every day.”