Cambridge trainer Lauren Brennan is not sure where the future lies for lightly-tried four-year-old English Gambler.
The Singapore-owned gelding dominated his rivals to win the Ultimate Motor Group 1600 at Tauranga by ten lengths in the hands of Jonathan Riddell.
“That was quite impressive,” Brennan said.”I didn’t expect him to win by that much. Johnathan rode him really well right in behind the pace and he peeled off at the top of the straight and dealt to them.
“Going from 1200m straight to a mile, it was a good effort. We knew in the back of our minds he wanted more ground and he might be a nice 2000m horse in time.”
Brennan is no stranger to preparing horses for their future racing in Asia and English Gambler is owned by English owner Paul Hickman, who has a number of horses in work with Stephen Gray in Singapore.
“He’s owned in Singapore, but because he is bred to stay he is limited in terms of race options up there. Hopefully he can stay down here and he can run in some distance races.
“Ninety per cent of our horses end up in Hong Kong or Singapore and then we get the odd one to race, which is quite nice,” Brennan said.