The Villiers Stakes is likely to come too soon for Something Fast, although trainer Anthony Cummings has not completely ruled out making a belated bid for the Group Two race.
The five-year-old resumes in Saturday’s Ranvet Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill as the winner of three of his five starts, among them a victory over subsequent Coongy Handicap winner Wolfe.
He has not raced since rounding out his campaign with a Rosehill win in May and while Cummings would have liked to get him back in work earlier, he said the horse needed time to recover from a few minor “aches and pains”.
“One of the plans we had was to get him ready for the Villiers,” Cummings said.
“I think he is probably a little late for that but having said that, we’ll see what he does on Saturday.”
Something Fast has done most of his racing around 1400 metres and heads into uncharted territory over 1100 metres on Saturday.
Cummings has kept him fresh for the first-up assignment and will make more concrete plans depending on the horse’s Rosehill performance.
“The short course is a little bit of an experiment,” Cummings said.
“Typically, he has raced over more ground but this is what he’s ready for right now so we will see how it looks.
“He’s a nice horse, no doubt, and he has got better racing in store.”
Cummings won last year’s Villiers Stakes with Sky Boy but the horse injured a tendon shortly after and has not raced since.
While the issue has improved, Cummings says the five-year-old still faces a tough road to get back to the races.
“He still has a long rehab in front of him. He is part of the way through it,” Cummings said.
“I don’t expect to see him back in the stable until the New Year.”
The return of star filly Libertini is more imminent with Cummings confirming the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes placegetter will be back in the stable on Monday after a short break.