Albury Gold Cup winner Willi Willi won’t race again until the autumn.
Wodonga trainer Craig Widdison says there’s no injury worries after the five-year-old finished out of the placings in his three starts since the Cup win in March.
“We had a gut-buster (run) first and second up, I just think the best thing for the horse would be to stop and start again fresh,” he said.
Willi Willi finished 10th at Caulfield (1400m) in early September and was 11th a fortnight later at Flemington (1700m).
He completed his spring campaign with a sixth placing at Randwick (1600m) last month.
We had a gut-buster (run) first and second up, I just think the best thing for the horse would be to stop.Craig Widdison
“He probably got ridden upside down the first time,” Widdison said.
“Over those distances he was probably too close in the run, it was nobody’s fault, it just happened like that.
“It probably knocked the stuffing out of him, those first two he needed to be ridden cold and let him finish off.”
Widdison admits he has no definitive plans when his star returns.
Willi Willi’s boom or bust style has resulted in five wins and a runner-up finish in his 15 starts, racking up almost $347,000 in prizemoney.
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