Promising four-year-old English Gambler has joined the stable of leading Victoria trainer Darren Weir.
Trained in New Zealand by Lauren Brennan at Cambridge, the son of Casino Prince won two races and was runner-up in his four other starts in New Zealand.
Although disappointed in losing the gelding, Brennan was philosophical about the move.
“English Gambler has gone to Darren Weir, it’s unfortunate to lose him, but business-wise it’s a good idea for the owners.”
Meanwhile, Brennan will have to play the waiting game for the return of Group performer Aim Smart to her stable.
The China Horse Club-owned four-year-old hasn’t been seen on the track since his runner-up effort at Hastings in September and has undergone an operation on a hock that will result in the gelding recuperating on the side lines for some time.
“Aim Smart is spelling at Lyndhurst Farm,” Brennan said. “He ended up having an operation to his hocks and had a couple of screws put in, so he’s out for a while.”