A change of direction for Pappa Ragazzo will remain on hold for as long as he continues to perform on the flat.
The son of Patapan has given two excellent accounts of himself since returning from Hong Kong and he again looks to be a major player in the Adama NZ Ltd 1200 at Thursday's Hawke's Bay meeting.
Pappa Ragazzo was third behind Wooden Edge when resuming at Tauranga and last time out he finished fourth behind Selfie at Te Rapa.
"We got him delivered for free as a jumper, but he's doing everything right on the flat and he could possibly have finished a little closer each time after getting held up in the running," trainer Bob Autridge said.
Pappa Ragazzo was a juvenile winner for Roger James before he transferred to John Moore's Hong Kong stable and he was successful on two more occasions before he joined David Hall's operation.
The gelding subsequently added a further victory to his record in what turned out to be his final appearance at Sha Tin in July, 2016.
"He had a few problems in Hong Kong, he was always jarring up and his races were well spaced," Autridge said.
Pappa Ragazzo was acquired by Autridge through an association with bloodstock agent Ric Wyllie.
"I said to him I was looking for a big horse who could stay and this one's not that big and he's not really bred to stay, but he's looking pretty good all the same," Autridge said.
"I've done a bit of jumping with him and as soon as he stops earning on the flat we'll have a go – I love a jumper."