Olive excited about the Chief

Canberra based trained Trevor McIlrick resisted the temptation to start Got The Goss in the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes on Saturday despite his very impressive victory at Canberra last start.

Successful in defeating the older horses with ease at both starts back this time in McIlrick felt his latest victory had told on the promising galloper and elected to give him more time between runs.

"He's had two hard runs this time in and they were only a fortnight apart were as last time in he had three weeks between runs so I think it might have just knocked the gloss off him a bit,"

"Given he has taken a while to recover after his last win and given the strength of the Brian Crowley on Saturday we decided not to run him," McIlrick said.

While showing good ability as a two-year-old McIlrick is confident he has taken the next step this time in and feels there is more improvement to come with the son of Eavesdropper.

"He's not a proper three-year-old until the end of next month and still has a bit to learn," McIlrick said.

"He's come back great, his last two wins he has run good sectionals his latest win just told on him a bit it was a pretty hard run in what was just his second run back from a spell.

Having already proven very dominant over five furlongs McIlrick is confident he will get further and will look to step him up in trip next start.

"Next start we'll look to step him up to either 1200m or 1300m and I wouldn't be surprised given the way he relaxed the other day that he could get a mile," McIlrick said.

"He gives the impression that he could get a bit further at this stage anyway."

Given he has already lined up in metropolitan company McIlrick does have a few options as to which way he heads with Got The Goss but is undecided as to where he will line up next.

"At this stage we are just going to wait for him to fully recover before we decide which way to go with him," McIlrick said.

"I'd say you'll definitely see him before the end of month but at this stage we're not sure where."

A victor of four of his five career starts to date McIlrick's only concern moving forward is whether or not he will handle racing tight between runners.

"My only concern with him at this stage is he is yet to race in amongst the field," McIlrick said.

"It will be interesting to see what happens when he gets boxed up, I think he will handle it but until he does you just don't know."

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