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Next Few Weeks To Decide Happy Trails Future
Trainer Paul Beshara says he will monitor the progress of Happy Trails (Good Journey-Madame Flurry, by Perugino) over the coming weeks before deciding whether or not to commit to a spring campaign with the triple Gr1 winner. Now a rising 9YO, Happy Trails failed to make an impact in the autumn with his best performance being a fifth place finish behind Lucia Valentina in the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April. Beshara knows Happy Trails isn't getting any younger and will shortly step up his workload to gauge whether he still retains a zest for racing. "We'll start increasing his work and we'll know over the next six weeks whether he's competitive enough to race again," Beshara told AAP. "We'd like him to but it's up to him. He's eight years old, rising nine. We'd just like to see how he goes." He added: "The owner Erica Dickmann has always said to me, 'any sign of him not wanting to be there, we'll just retire him'. If he looks all good he'll definitely have a spring campaign and we might even look at Perth. It all depends on the next six weeks and how he wants to be." Happy Trails, who is a half-brother to the talented Kris Lees-trained mare Danish Twist, has won 7 of his 61 starts for $3.27 million in earnings.