The David and Emma-Lee Browne-trained duo of Belle du Nord and Stratocaster were disappointing in their respective back-type performances at Te Rapa last Saturday and their connections are planning their next steps with the pair.
Belle du Nord tailed the field home in the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m), while Stratocaster finished unplaced in the Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m).
“They were a little disappointing,” Emma-Lee Browne said.
“I think the run didn’t go quite to plan for Belle du Nord and we’ll just have to write that one off. We are just in the stage of planning where we go next with her.
“Stratocaster has pulled up fine. He’s had quite a bit of racing lately, so we are just giving him a little freshen-up after that run and we’ll see after two weeks out in the paddock where we head to next with him.”