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No Rush With Gr1 Easter Stakes Winner
Group One winner Sound Proposition (Savabeel-Ebony Babe, by Ebony Grosve) is unlikely to return to the track until the summer, reports NZ Racing Desk. "We've had a good meeting with the owners and they are in no hurry and the horse will enjoy a good long break," said Andrew Scott, who trains the Savabeel gelding with Lance O'Sullivan. "His first goal will probably be the Tauranga Stakes in November and then we'll head toward the Group One weight-for-age Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day." Scott added: "His form is better going right-handed and we're not in any hurry – he's a firm track horse." The lightly-raced Sound Proposition hasn't raced since winning the Gr1 Easter Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie in April and his trainers liked what they saw when they recently inspected the four-year-old. "We had a look at him last week and he has grown and developed," Scott said. Sound Proposition was successful in the Easter at just his 11th start and he is expected to be at his peak next season. "He was incredibly immature at three and he's had a quiet four-year-old year – we've always thought he would be best at five as he's a lightly-framed, athletic type," Scott said.