Not Enough Effort winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
A winter respite has once again been put on hold for the unbeaten Not Enough Effort, who will be looking for five-straight wins at Flemington when taking his place in Saturday's $135,000 Ken Cox Handicap (1000m) for three-year-olds.
Regular rider Brian Park will continue his association with the Reward For Effort gelding this weekend.
Park believes Not Enough Effort, who is prepared by the Bundalaguah-based Sharyn Trolove, can once again be effective over the sprint trip after notching up his first Saturday win at Flemington a fortnight ago.
"I had a little chat to Sharyn, and she is really happy with the way he has pulled up (from his last run) he has eaten up and he is as well as can be," Park said.
"It's a similar race to last time, the topweight (Gytrash) goes pretty good but he (Not Enough Effort) keeps taking the next step and I think he has a really good chance of winning again.
"He makes his own luck, he jumps and puts himself there easily. It doesn't take him much effort to do it, so that's a big plus for him and if he can catch them napping, he will be hard to run down."
Park's union with the three-year-old began prior to his debut at Sale on March 31 and he has been in the saddle ever since.
"I trialled him a while ago now in an official trial (at Cranbourne on March 18) and Sharyn said to me she thinks she has a real smart horse and she was definitely right with that," Park added.
"I gave him a nice little hit-out and the horse that he beat was one of Greg Eurell's (Hinchrider) and they had a pretty high opinion of that horse - he had that trial won pretty easily in the end so we went into his first race pretty confident.
"He has just progressed from there and just kept stepping up."
Park is also the regular jockey for Group 1-performing sprinter Eduardo, and can see some similarities with the racing style between the Oakleigh Plate placegetter and the rising star.
"They both make their own luck, they both can jump and run a little bit, but they are two different horses," he said.
"Not Enough Effort is pretty revved up and can get on his toes while Eduardo is pretty cruisey, he just takes it all in.
"I think he has a while to go to be close to Eduardo, but he is improving every time and I think once Sharyn decides to put him out in the paddock, I think he is going to be a much better horse next preparation."