TRAINER Mitch Beer has opted to head to Caulfield today with Matsumoto and avoid a clash with stablemate Jawwaal at Rosehill.
The pair were both final acceptors for the $70,000 Class 2 Highway Hcp, (1400m) in Sydney but Beer said Matsumoto will be scratched.
Matsumoto will instead contest the $110,000 3YO Hcp, (1440m) at Caulfield with Craig Williams booked to ride.
The lightly raced three-year-old steps up sharply in grade after winning his maiden at Wangaratta on debut earlier this month.
"Both horses galloped on the grass track on Wednesday morning and I couldn't be happier," Beer said.
"I think Matsumoto is a real X-factor and could potentially become a top-liner for the stable."
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Beer said he is well advanced in the completion of his new stables.
The young trainer had previously been based in Brett Cavanough's former stables since relocating from Mornington in September 2018.
He decided in April to expand his operation and build new stables and increase his capacity from 37 to 70 horses.
Beer moved 37 of his horses into the new stables on Tuesday.
"We have moved 37 horses in and have another 10 in there by the weekend," Beer said.
"The team has done a terrific job and we are a bit ahead of schedule.
"We have probably had six to eight blokes working full-time for about the past eight weeks.
"It has all come together really well."
Beer hopes to have the new stables finished in time for the spring.
"The stables will be finished by the end of the month and then they will start work on the office and owner facilities," he said.