Madison County won the New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) and Levin Classic (1600m) as a three-year-old but hasn’t won in four Australian starts.
Baker said Madison County’s three-year-old form was impressive, but he expected the son of Pins to be at his top in his four-year-old season.
“He had a good year last year and he won a million (dollars) in nine starts,” Baker, who trains Madison County in partnership with Andrew Forsman, said.
“He’s just a plain bay horse. The Pins breed take a while, but he should be at his best as a four-year-old.”
However, Madison County started his Melbourne campaign with a luckless effort in the Group I Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 21.
Stewards noted Madison County was “held up from the 400m before gaining clear running passing the 150m” when ninth behind Begood Toya Mother in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
“He got shut out twice and didn’t have any luck,” Baker said.
“He hasn’t had any luck in Australia but he’s a good horse.”
The stable kept Madison County up to the mark with a jumpout at Flemington last Friday to prepare for the Toorak Handicap, which will be run at 1600m, the distance of his two Group I wins.
Baker said the stable would decide the rest of Madison County’s spring program after the Toorak Handicap but there were several options in his distance range.
“He can go a mile or 2000(m) and there’s some good races coming up in the carnival if we can get him into form,” Baker said.
“We’ll make a decision after Saturday.”
TAB has Madison County as a $15 chance in its ‘all-in’ market on the Toorak Handicap.