Last start Christmas Cup winner Sea Galleon will head to the paddock instead of an earlier expected appearance in the Summer Cup later this month.
The five-year-old gelding is deserving of a well-earned spell after winning four of his six starts this campaign, with the $100,000 Listed Christmas Cup being the icing on the cake.
Sea Galleon has now won five of his 20 starts and has earned more than $230,000 in prize money.
A $55,000 purchase at the 2008 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Sea Galleon will now be aimed at next year’s Caulfield Cup.
“He needs the paddock. He’s come to the end,” Co-trainer Cindy Alderson said.
“He’s done a great job to win three on the trot.
“I think he could become a Caulfield Cup horse.
“He races best when the pressure is on all the way and that’s usually the story in the Caulfield Cup.
“Now I have to work out a way to get him up the (ballot) list.”
Sea Galleon’s Christmas Cup win means that he has already passed the first of many ballot clauses for next year’s edition of the $2.5 million race.
The horse was ridden to his latest victory by jockey Glyn Schofield who has a high opinion of the Galileo gelding.
“What I like about him is he is very strong to the line and that’s a quality you don’t see in a lot of stayers in this part of the world,” Schofield said.
“He won easily (in the Christmas Cup).
“If I’d been able to ride him the way I wanted to, saving for a run in the straight, he’d have won a lot more easily too.”
Sea Galleon will now be spelled until the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, with the Mornington Cup in February named as a likely target.