Rock Prophet winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Ray Besanko plans for Rock Prophet to make two further visits to Flemington this season following his first victory down the straight earlier this month.
Rock Prophet notched his first city win, and Besanko's first metropolitan success since Emperor's Chariot at Sandown Lakeside in a mid-week race in January 2016, by claiming the $125,000 Breeders' Handicap (1000m) at Flemington on May 15.
The 1000-metre victory came in the opening heat of the All Victorian Sprint Series and Rock Prophet will race just once more, possibly in the final heat of the series on June 19 over 1100 metres at Flemington, ahead of the $160,000 Listed final at the same venue on July 3.
"He races best with his runs spaced, we found out that if you race him with his starts too close together, he doesn't race as well," Besanko said.
Rock Prophet has displayed a clear preference for sprinting down the Flemington straight, finishing runner-up twice - to Wilmot Pass and Octane respectively - last winter, prior to finishing seventh of nine starters, beaten 2.5 lengths by Zoutori, in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) on September 12.
The four-year-old Moshe gelding didn't feature behind all-the-way winner Sartorial Splendor when fifth at Flemington over 1000m on Anzac Day but atoned last start when working over the top of his rivals on a softer surface, and he is yet to miss a top-two finish from four starts on a Soft 7 track.
WATCH: Rock Prophet win the Breeders' Handicap
Besanko also credits his property, situated 15 minutes from Cranbourne Racecourse in Pearcedale, as allowing horses such as Rock Prophet to remain in training for longer.
"I was at Epsom with Dad (Jack) and when Epsom had shut down (in the late 1990s) we had the choice to have boxes at Caulfield or Flemington and Dad said 'No, if we can't have yards, I don't want to go there'," Besanko recalled.
"We came down here (to Cranbourne) and I rented for probably 15 years and I got sick of that.
"I then bought my own property, which just had a house on it, it was 10 acres and I built everything - the yards, the stables and everything from scratch.
"My horses get the best of both worlds as they are in a yard all day and then they come into a box in the night.
"They go to the track, go into the yard all day, we give them a five to 10-minute pick of grass and bring them into the tie-up stalls, clean them up and put them in their boxes. You can definitely extend their preparations for longer because they are in a yard and not locked in a box."
Meanwhile, Besanko will accept with Rock Prophet's two-year-old stablemate Soobooma for both Sale on Thursday and Caulfield on Saturday before determining where he runs.
The Sooboog gelding finished third, beaten by three lengths by Rambeau in a 1000-metre two-year-old maiden on debut at Pakenham on May 12.
"It will be his final run for the preparation and he will be better horse next season," Besanko said.