As a last-start runner-up in the Group Three C S Hayes Stakes at Flemington, it would have been easy to assume Age Of Chivalry would progress to the Group One Australian Guineas as a genuine contender.
But that is not the case, with the lightly raced three-year-old gelding instead set to run in the $135,000 Seppelt Wines Plate (1400m) on the undercard to Saturday's $1 million Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington.
Age Of Chivalry was not nominated for the Guineas and connections opted not to pay a late entry, with co-trainer Simon Zahra saying the three-year-old was still not the furnished product.
“He's still doing a bit wrong and being a bit fierce in his races,” Zahra said.
“He's got to step up but I think he looks really well placed on Saturday.
“If he was doing a lot right we probably would have paid the late entry, that wouldn't have been the problem, but he was still going a bit fierce over the 1400 and to us it would have been maybe just a waste of time going there.
“We were happy to stay at the 1400 metres and just teach him, and we can bring him back for the spring as a four-year-old.”
Age Of Chivalry has two wins and two seconds from five starts.
Age Of Chivalry was the $2.80 favourite for Saturday's race on Friday.
“I think he looks better now than he did two Saturdays ago,” Zahra said.