Sirius Suspect (Image: Racing Photos)
Sirius Suspect is conditioned to racing at home but his preparation for a Flemington straight-track campaign will include a trip away to gallop around Melbourne's tightest circuit on Tuesday morning.
Saab Hasan will take Sirius Suspect to The Valley on Tuesday ahead of his intended resumption in the $200,000 G3 World Horse Racing Aurie's Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on August 7.
"He's had two jumpouts at Flemington and ordinarily I would have given him another one this week but due to the race-free week there's no jumpouts at Flemington this Friday or any official trials," Hasan said.
"So without having that additional jumpout option available, we've decided to take him to Moonee Valley to gallop him on Tuesday morning and then he'll gallop at Flemington on Saturday morning and that will be his final hit-out before running in the Aurie's Star.
"He can get himself a bit excited so a trip away from home ahead of his first-up assignment is exactly what he needs."
Sirius Suspect has won both his Flemington 800-metre jumpouts during July, each time running the quickest time of the morning and clocking a time more than a second faster than the average heat time for the session.
The rising seven-year-old son of Wanted wasn't placed under any pressure winning his July 2 jumpout in 46.29 seconds and then was given a stronger hit-out two weeks later when winning in 47.82s.
"I'm happy with how he's come back, he's come back stronger," Hasan said.
The Aurie's Star, which is traditionally the first Group race of the Victorian season, will be the first of three 1200-metre Group races at Flemington on Sirius Suspect's agenda this campaign, along with the $300,000 G2 Bobbie Lewis Quality on September 11 and the $300,000 Gilgai Stakes on October 2.
His performances in those three races will determine the pathway Hasan takes with Sirius Suspect for the remainder of the season.
Bypassing the Lexus Melbourne Cup Carnival in favour of freshening for the G3 Standish Handicap (1200m) ahead of the G1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) is one possibility, with Hasan keen to atone for last year's Newmarket loss.
"If you study the Newmarket Handicap sectional times, from the 1000 to the 200 metres we ran the fastest time of the entire day and ended up running seventh," Hasan said.
"We were taken out of the race at the start, impeded mid-race and it took its toll on him towards the end.
"We should have gone to the paddock after that, but we rolled the dice and went to the Hareeba Stakes and it didn't work out," he added, reflecting on his sixth in Mornington's premier sprint race.
Sirius Suspect has raced 27 times for eight wins and eight minor placings, with prizemoney of $514,250. He won four of 11 starts for Darren Weir before joining Hasan and graduating into Stakes company, notching his first black-type win in this year's Standish.
Flemington-based Hasan has kept Sirius Suspect to the straight course at Headquarters, with eight of his 16 starts over 1100 or 1200m at his home track.
The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained La Mexicana is anticipated to be among the entries for the Aurie's Star when they are released next week, along with several horses who contested last Saturday's G3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) won by Sansom.