A trip to Riccarton has been ruled out for the promising three-year-old The Austrian Oak.
Trainer Roger James said the Gr.1 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas would be too stern a test at this stage of the Thorn Park gelding’s development.
“He’s too new and needs more experience.”
The Austrian Oak was well-supported at his Taupo debut and finished a sound fourth after he was tightened for room in the closing 200 metres.
He will make his second appearance on Wednesday at Te Aroha where Rory Hutchings is booked for the ride.
- NZ Racing Desk