Sniper’s Bullet is nearing the end of his current campaign in time to take a break before his planned Perth Summer Carnival runs.
The seven-year-old Tracey Bartley-trained gelding will have one more start this preparation in the Listed Winter Stakes at Rosehill in two weeks’ time.
The multiple Group 1-winning horse will then return late in the spring to prepare for his summer campaign.
The former Stradbroke Handicap winner is fond of Perth’s summer races, winning both the Group 1 Railway Stakes and the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic there in 2009 to end a long winning drought.
Bartley will drop Sniper’s Bullet down to Listed company in order to give him a good chance in next Saturday’s race.
“He’s hard to place,” Bartley said.
“He’s probably off the Group 1’s at the moment and just needs to drop back to that easier company.”
The trainer has no plans to put an end to Sniper’s Bullet’s racing career anytime soon.
“He’s sound and enjoying his racing so we’ll keep going,” Bartley said.
“He’ll have a month’s break after this.”
Bartley will place Sniper’s Bullet in one feature spring race, the Emirates Stakes, before heading west for the summer.
“If he can come up we’ll aim for the mile race at Flemington (Emirates Stakes) and if he does well we’ll obviously head across to Perth again,” he said.
Sniper’s Bullet has won eight of his 48 races starts and has earned close to $2.5 million in prize money.
“He’s been a terrific horse and done us proud all the way through against some really top liners,” Bartley said.