After watching runners struggle through the testing track conditions in the first race at Randwick on Saturday Kiwi trainer Tony Pike was relieved the decision had been made to scratch the promising two-year-old Not An Option.
Temporarily in the care of Rosehill trainers Richard and Michael Freedman due to Covid-9,which keeps Pike in New Zealand, the Not A Single Doubt colt was set to have his first run back after a brief freshen up on Saturday but Pike was pleased the colt avoided a gutbuster before embarking on a hit and run raid to Queensland in a fortnight.
The Gr.1 JJ Atkins (1400m) is the main assignment for Not An Option who will now trial before venturing north for the juvenile feature at Eagle Farm on June 6.
“A heavy track and carrying 60kgs wasn’t ideal for him, so after watching the first race I was happy he didn’t run,” Pike said.
“He will go to the trials at Canterbury next Friday instead and if he goes well then he will head to Brisbane for the JJ Atkins.
“We will probably put the blinkers on him and the 1400m at Eagle Farm will be perfect for him.