Cambridge owner-trainer Ngaire Fraser had a good reason for resisting the temptation to head to New Plymouth last Saturday with her smart four-year-old Lewis Caroll.
Fraser had entered the Darci Brahma gelding in the open sprint, but elected to bypass the meeting and wait for a richer option.
"The weather wasn't good and, though the track improved a bit, I'm happy we didn't go down," Fraser said.
Fraser is focused on starting Lewis Caroll in the $50,000 Hanley Formula Autumn Sprint Championship Final (1200m) at Trentham on May 27.
"Unfortunately he's on an 85 rating so he'll get 60 kilos, but it will be a nice race to have a go at," Fraser said. "There is also the option of going to Ellerslie the same day for an open 1200 metres if it's too wet at Trentham.
"It will all depend on what the weather does. As soon as the really heavy tracks set in he'll go out for a spell.
"We have been protective of him. He's not a big horse and there's next season to look forward to."
Fraser plans to take Lewis Caroll to Matamata on Thursday for a hit-out with her grandson, Isaac Fraser – Hayes aboard.
"It will help keep ticking him over," she said. "It's been a while now since he had his last run and he's done well."
Lewis Caroll has won five of his eight starts and has not finished further back than third. Three of those wins have come in his last four starts with the most recent being in his latest appearance at Te Rapa on April 8.