Unbeaten three-year-old Dawn Patrol pleased trainer Frank Ritchie with his victory over 1400 metres at Matamata on Saturday, but his path towards the Gr. 1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas at Riccarton is currently undecided.
The Dawn Approach gelding will bypass Monday’s Gr. 2 James and Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes at Te Rapa and could head towards the trials in the lead-up to next month’s Christchurch classic.
“We’re still mulling over Christchurch, he’s pulled up tremendously well (since his last-start),” Ritchie said.
“I haven’t put him in the Sarten, I thought it might have been a bit soon, so we’ve got to find some way to give him another run, maybe only a trial.”