The awakening of Asclepius
A pleasing return at Canterbury on Wednesday leaves Canberra based trainer Len Hodgson bullish stable star Asclepius is in for another fruitful preparation.
Having made the successful rise to prove competitive in the Listed Canberra Cup the son of Reset was unsuited over the shorter trip on Wednesday but still proved solid in the run home.
"When the winner [That's A Good Idea] got away like he did and our horse wanted to relax in the race, the young bloke had to move on him from the 600m and I don't think it suited him," Hodgson said.
"He had to make his run around the whole field and I think it was a good even performance.
"The best thing I can take out of his effort is that young Lester Grace was pretty happy with him, he sent he went really well."
Likely to line up at Moruya next start Hodgson is confident the step up in trip will prove more than ideal.
"We'll look to go to Moruya with him in two weeks there is an Open company event over 1425m," Hodgson said.
"We'll take him there and see how he performs he's almost got to win that to warrant heading back to town.
"He's definitely more relaxed this time in, he's done everything right and although we would have liked to see him run home a bit better the race wasn't run to suit and he was a victim of circumstance.
"All in all we were pretty happy with where he is at."
While still undecided as to whether he is better over the staying trips or more as a miler, Hodgson said he will take each race as it comes but is confident he is open to plenty of improvement.
"I think he is better over a bit more ground it's just whether or not he is at his best over the mile or at 2000m, that is still up in the air," Hodgson said.
"He really wanted to relax yesterday so we'll just be guided by each run at this stage.
"I thought he might have been a fraction underdone for Wednesday but he wasn't really blowing so I was pretty happy with that.
"We'll just take it as a barrier trial and aim him up for something more suitable next start.
"We are more than happy with how he has come back and we are really looking forward to this coming preparation."