Charles Road's two Sydney starts produced a Gr. 2 Chairman's Quality victory and a Group One placing in the Sydney Cup.
Charles Road will return home this evening after going a long way toward realising his staying potential in Australia.
His Matamata trainers believe the trip will prove a coming-of-age experience for the four-year-old, who excelled in both of his Sydney outings.
“We were all very proud of him and he left it all out on the track, he tries so hard,” said Andrew Scott, who prepares the gelding with Lance O’Sullivan for owner David Archer.
“He’s one of the big improvers and the trip will be the making of him. There’s a lot of improvement to come.”
Charles Road won the Gr. 2 Chairman’s Quality at Randwick and backed up strongly last Saturday to finish third in the Gr. 1 Sydney Cup. He banked more than A$265,000 from his two appearances.
“He has lacked experience and maturity, but this season he has gone forward and really hardened up,” Scott said.
“He’ll get home and go out to David Archer’s property for a well-deserved break and we’ll work out a spring plan in due course.”