Chouxting The Mob winning last start at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Chouxting The Mob has been shooting up in the ratings since his win at Flemington earlier this month and is set to attract another ratings surge when he runs for four wins in a row at Headquarters on Saturday.
So well has Chouxting The Mob been going - with three 2400-metre wins in a row to his name - that connections have been tempted to spell the horse and give him an ambitious spring campaign.
But trainer Simon Morrish said on Friday that it had been decided to attempt to continue the winning run for the Kiwi-bred stayer who has already had 11 starts this year.
"I've been looking very hard for a reason to put him out because you just can't keep going," Morrish said from his Ballarat stables on Friday. "But he hasn't put a foot out of place here.
"I've stuck to a training regime that we've had for the past few weeks so I can't find a reason not to run him, but I did say to the owners that unless you're a Winx or a Black Caviar, these things do come to an end."
WATCH: Chouxting The Mob's last-start win
Saturday's Great Ocean Road Handicap (2520m) became a whole lot winnable for Chouxting The Mob with the confirmed scratching of topweight Pacodali on Friday morning and the expected withdrawal of stablemate Azuro.
Punters have latched onto the in-form galloper with Chouxting The Mob firming in from $3.80 earlier in the week to $2.40 following Pacodali's official withdrawal.
Morrish said Chouxting The Mob had been recognised in the ratings for his terrific form this campaign.
"He got smashed in the ratings after his win the other day," he explained. "He went up 18 ratings points, so he went from 73 to 91 and that's nine kilos so that's a hell of a jump.
"We're now in that serious Saturday level, if not slightly more but we'll strike while the iron is hot.
"He's in good order and he gets really well in the weights tomorrow with Pacodali accepting for the race and now coming out.
"It's about getting some scores on the board. As I've said, I honestly don't know where he ends up. Is this his level or is he better than this? Only time will tell.
"You can put them out now and wait for the Lavazza (on Melbourne Cup Day) and it's only worth about $30,000 more than these races.
"We're fit, we're here now and as we've seen, you give horses spells for the right reasons and they get injured in the paddock or they pull a shoe or something and you start thinking 'Why didn't we just keep going'?.
"It's very hard for a trainer to turn a last-start winner out. The temptation is always to press on. It's different if they are a young horse but he's a rising six-year-old with no more growing or maturing to do."