Bunbury trainer Michael Lane admits the end is near for his respected campaigner, Resortman, but thoughts of retiring the seven-year-old may have been shelved for now.
Lane had intended on retiring Resortman after a two start campaign in the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) and Gold Rush (1400m), but Lane’s had a slight change of heart.
The final word on Resortman going forward will be made in the next fortnight, but Lane holds hopes he can extend the gelding’s career until early next year in Albany.
“He’s getting no younger, that’s for sure, but he still has the will to win and race some more,” Lane said on Tabradio.
“I was sort of thinking these were going to be his final two races, but I don’t think that’s on at this point in time and I’m not prepared to say it.
“Obviously the horse always come first in our stable and had a good discussions with the vest about him.
“We’ve managed him all the way along and the vets can see no reason why he can’t keep racing without doing the hard work.
“There is going to a plan put in place for him and we’ll go to the next race wherever that will be.
“He will stay in work as being an older horse I don’t want to tip him out.
“I’m thinking of the Bluff Knoll, maybe and there is a lot of Albany connections in the horse.
“There’s a lot to think about going forward, but I would love to go down and support the Albany race club.
“He’s not an easy horse to place, in racing, but a hard horse to replace in your stable.”
The $350,000 Bluff Knoll is WA’s newest slot race and will be run on March 10, 2024.
The 1099m race distance is the same height as Bluff Knoll, the highest peak in the Stirling Range National Park.
Similar in concept to The Everest in Sydney and the Quokka in Perth, the Bluff Knoll is WA’s richest provincial event.
Resortman, who scored on debut at Bunbury, has won 10 races for $803,300 in stake earnings.
A son of Helmet, peak wins came in the Group 3 Eurythmic Stakes (1400m), Listed Bolton Sprint (1200m), Listed Idyllic Prince Stakes (1300m) and Listed Farnley Stakes (1400m).