TRAINER Adam Trinder is keeping his powder dry with star three-year-old Jerilderie Letter and won’t be firing another shot until next month.
Trinder has earmarked a 1200-metre race at Moonee Valley on June 4 for Jerilderie Letter’s first interstate foray.
He said that a decision to enter the gelding for a race at Caulfield on Saturday was merely designed to see how the handicappers assessed him.
And how they assessed him was very highly – he was given topweight of 60 kilograms for a race against his own age.
“We won’t be going to Melbourne this week – he will have a trial here in a fortnight and run first-up at Moonee Valley,” Trinder said.
“Depending on how he goes, he will then have another run over 1200m at the Valley or step up to 1600m at Flemington.”
Either way, Trinder said that Jerilderie Letter would have only a short campaign.
“I’m keen to see where he fits in,’’ the trainer said. “I think he’ll be at his best from 1400m to 1600m but, from a selfish point of view, I’m hoping we can stretch him out to 1880m.
“That’s because I’d love to win the Devonport Cup.
“Whether we take a weight-for-age path along the way remains to be seen.”
Jerilderie Letter hasn’t raced since winning the Tasmanian Derby on February 5, after which connections knocked back a $400,000 offer from Hong Kong.
The Victorian horse he beat in that race, Howard Be Thy Name, is unbeaten in three starts since and is one of the favourites for Saturday’s group 1 South Australian Derby.
Trinder has entered 12 horses for his home track meeting at Spreyton on Sunday as he tries to eat into Scott Brunton’s seven-win lead on the trainers’ premiership.
Brunton has nominated only four.