Sean Mott with Our Lone Star (Image: Racing Photos)
Four weeks since his latest Flemington success, Sean Mott is confident he will return to Headquarters with a better horse on Saturday when he saddles up Our Lone Star in the $135,000 Off The Track Community Trophy (2000m).
The usually modest 54-year-old and his pint-sized orphan foal, one of three horses on the books at his Bendigo stable, come in with their tails up after saluting on Anzac Day.
"At the last run on Anzac Day I thought I could run top four, this time I am confident I'll run top four," Mott professed.
A son of Magnus, Our Lone Star will step beyond 1700 metres for the first time on Saturday with Teo Nugent retaining the ride from a favorable barrier four.
"He had just had a quiet week off the pony, swimming and on the water walker but he actually did that well, I had no intention of riding him that week but I had to put the saddle on him by the end of the week he was just bouncing," Mott explained of the gap between runs.
"Pedigree-wise, 2000 metres is his sweet spot, his data on his pedigree says anywhere between 1600 to 2400 metres.
"He had a lovely jumpout last Tuesday and he is in great shape."
Our Lone Star will meet placegetters from his previous Flemington success in Horrifying and Redwood Shadow again, rising three kilograms in the weight, and do so with a gear change.
"I've put a norton bit on him, I've trained him in it all preparation," said Mott, who rides his own trackwork.
"The norton bit just regulates his gait just in case you get to 2000 metres and the tempo comes off and Teo needs to regulate his stride, it just gives him that extra bit of control to do that."
While focused on the task at hand on Saturday, the meticulous planner is also eyeing off some bigger riches at Flemington later in the year.
"Listening to Deane Lester last Sunday, he said if you've got a three-year-old in this window you should keep going, so that's in my mind," Mott revealed.
"But I am also conscious, just where his rating is at the moment, he can afford another win.
"There is a race I'd like to set him for on Oaks Day, the Country Championship, it's a Benchmark 80 worth half a million dollars, so there is a temptation to throttle back and just give him six weeks off and aim at a race like that."
Our Lone Star is the half-brother to stablemate In Her Honour, who is named after Mott's late wife Deanna, who passed away suddenly in 2017.