Trainer Grahame Begg (Image: Racing Photos)
Saturday's Byerley Handicap could be used by some in the field of 12 as a stepping stone towards the Penfolds Victoria Derby in the spring, but that's unlikely to be the case for Grahame Begg's Mamool.
"I think that'll come up a bit early, I would certainly like to, once he's had this run, possibly put him out for the spring, give him more time to develop," Begg said.
"We've been very patient with him, he hasn't raced until late as a two-year-old, so we think whatever he does this preparation, he'll certainly be a much better horse in six months' time."
The son of Dissident made an encouraging start to his career, finishing off nicely for third at Geelong despite being sent off at big odds.
"He worked to the line very, very well," Begg said.
"We didn't want to force him too much early in the race, let him find his feet and find the line."
Begg reported that Mamool had come through his debut outing 'extremely well'.
"He certainly feels to us that he'll run a middle distance, but I think he's a pretty progressive little horse," he said.
Given that assessment, the former Randwick-based trainer has no issues with the distance of Saturday's assignment for his two-year-old, who has come up with barrier four.
"He'll relax, he's drawn a gate where he can just put him to sleep and give him his chance to finish it off," Begg said.
"We feel probably the big stretch of Flemington will suit him well, obviously the step up in journey from 1300m to 1800m, but they've all got to run it and I don't feel there'll be a lot of pressure in the race, so it might come down to who's got the best turn of foot."