Sharyn Trolove (right) with Not Enough Effort (Image: Racing Photos)
Trainer Sharyn Trolove is counting on Saturday's race at Flemington to guide her spring ambition with unbeaten three-year-old Not Enough Effort.
The son of Reward For Effort will head to the paddock after the Ken Cox Handicap (1000m) and will potentially do so with a picket fence of five wins next to his name, which as Trolove explains, would bode well for an attempt at Stakes grade in a few months' time.
"There are better races for him come spring time, so (after Saturday) he'll go for a freshen up and be brought back for Listed or Group 3 races in early August or September," Trolove said.
"After his last two wins, I said I was going to put him in the paddock.
"I'd been wanting to give him a break but the horse keeps pulling up so well, and we keep giving him one more crack."
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Trolove, who is based in Bundalaguah near Sale, believes Saturday's 1000-metre race shapes as the gelding's biggest test to date despite only comprising nine opponents.
"It's a smaller field but a little more depth than there was last start," Trolove explained.
"He's got to carry the weight now and give a few handy ones weight in this race.
"The weight won't worry him, I did think about claiming but he's carried 59kg before.
"But if he does win this race, then we know he's a really handy horse."
And as Trolove said, while the prospect of having a Stakes horse in your stable brings a great deal of excitement, it has its nervous moments too.
"Well it actually is quite a worry," Trolove said in jest.
"It's a lot harder training a fast horse than it is a slow horse, everything they do, even playing out in the paddock, you're always worried."