The workload of the well-performed colt Savile Row has gone up a notch.
The gifted son of Makfi enjoyed a good spell and he is now slowly picking up the pace toward his four-year-old campaign.
"He's back in pre-training and he's just a different horse," said Jonathan Scully, racing manager for breeder-owner Kevin Hickman.
"Toward the end of his last preparation he was having immaturity problems and issues with his joints and he'd had enough.
"The time out has served him really well and he's lengthened and strengthened and he's much more well-balanced now."
Trained by Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard, Savile Row won his only start as a two-year-old and this season he ran third in the Listed Barneswood Farm Stakes before he finished runner-up to Ugo Foscolo in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas.
He came back from a brief let-up to win at Ellerslie and was then narrowly beaten in the Gr.1 Levin Classic. The colt later performed admirably against the older horses in the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa, where he beat all but Volkstok'n'barrell.
Savile Row was subsequently spelled following a below par performance when unplaced in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby.
"It will be nice to get a Group win under his belt after going close a number of times," Scully said.
"I'm not sure if he will race in New Zealand before the Melbourne spring carnival, it will depend on his progress and the weather here.
"We all believe we've got a very smart horse and all the form around him is excellent."