Dan O’Sullivan is happy to head straight to the Caulfield Guineas with his stable star Berkeley Square without giving the three-year-old gelding another start.
Berkeley Square took his record to three wins and a second when he charged home to win the Exford Plate (1400m) at Flemington on September 10.
O’Sullivan said he didn’t want to tinker with his campaign by giving him another run before the Caulfield Guineas on October 8 and he was comfortable with him having a month between runs.
“Since Flemington we’ve basically kept him in his routine. We went five weeks between the two Flemington wins and we’ve kept him in the same routine,” O’Sullivan said.
Supporting that strategy is Berkeley Square’s jockey Craig Williams.
“Speaking to Craig Williams, he said it’s up to you but you should keep doing what you’re doing as it’s working. You don’t need to add another race in because he’s been in work for such a long time,” he said.
O’Sullivan said he contemplated running Berkeley Square in the Stutt Stakes at The Valley but thought that could backfire by sending him over the top.
“He had a very quiet week after the Exford Plate. He had a couple of nice pieces of work this week and he’ll have a solid gallop on Tuesday,” O’Sullivan said.
O’Sullivan said he believed Berkeley Square had the talent to take on a Caulfield Guineas as he was potentially the best horse he had trained.
“That win in the Exford to win after being held up for so long and then get home like that was quite incredible,” he said.
“All of his starts have been terrific; they’ve all been different. We see him do it at home regularly.”
O’Sullivan said Berkeley Square was still in the Victoria Derby.
He said that Berkeley Square was still developing as a horse and would be better in six months time
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