The Phillip Stokes trained Hucklebuck is chasing Group 1 success first-up on Saturday, in the Goodwood Handicap (1200m) at Morphettville.
The 4-year-old was given a lengthy spell after his unbeaten spring campaign, which culminated with victory in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington.
Stokes was happy to bypass the riches on offer during The Championships in Sydney.
“He did more than we thought he would in the spring and we wanted to give him a long spell to look after him for the future,” Stokes told Fairfax Media.
“It worked out pretty well that this race was where it is and he is unbeaten on his home track, so we bypassed Sydney and waited.”
Stokes is unlikely to send Hucklebuck north for the Stradbroke Handicap, even if the son of Elvestroem makes a winning return on Saturday.
Stokes is not convinced he handles the Brisbane way of going after disappointing in two runs up there last winter, and is likely to spell the gelding in preparation for another Spring campaign in Melbourne.
Hucklebuck has tuned up for the Goodwood with two barrier trial wins, and is currently a $4.20 favourite with www.tab.com.au