The spring campaign is over for I Wish I Win after his second placing in The Everest in Sydney.
Trainers Peter Moody and Katherine Coleman have elected to spell the New Zealand-bred sprinter and have already began planning the gelding’s autumn campaign.
Moody said the stable had considered returning to Sydney for the $3 million Giga Kick Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on November 4 or remaining in Melbourne for the Group 1 Champions Sprint (1200m) at Flemington the following week but instead have decided to give the gelding a decent break.
“If the Giga Kick had been another three weeks, we probably would have gone back for it because that was the race that’s worth money to him,” Moody said.
“And by the time you wait for Flemington, he’s had nearly half his spell, so we might give him an extended break.
“I don’t want to have him ready for the Lightning Stakes because then there’s nothing for him until the William Reid because he’d get too much weight in the Oakleigh Plate and the Newmarket Handicap I would imagine.
“So, I’ll probably have him up for the William Reid Stakes, the T J Smith, All-Aged Stakes and then maybe look to Brisbane.”
Moody said as a five-year-old gelding and if looked after with light campaigns as Chris Waller did with Nature Strip, I Wish I Win could race on for a number of seasons.
“The money is around in the sprints,” Moody said.
“He’s won $10 million in the last 12 months. He’s won more than Black Caviar in 12 months, so how cruel is that.
“He’s a gelding, he’s a five-year-old and as Luke (Nolen) said on Saturday, we could be here (The Everest) for the next four years.”
– RAS NewsWire