Warrnambool trainer Simon Ryan has put on hold plans for his tough stayer Tarquin to run over jumps after the six-year-old ran second behind Second Bullet in a $125,000 open handicap on the flat over 2000 metres at Flemington on Saturday.
Ryan said Tarquin, who was formerly trained by James Cummings, will be focused at similar types of flat races in the future.
“We got Tarquin as a jumper but after his run on the flat at Flemington I’ve had a rethink,” he said.
“It was a top run. He just got beat by a seasoned performer. He’s only had the four runs for me.
“His two runs this time in work have been excellent. The first-up effort to run fourth in the Woodford Cup was sound and he backed that up with a top run at Flemington.
“I’m quietly confident he can win a distance flat race in town after his second placing. They have those distance type of flat races in town every fortnight so we’ll go down that path before looking at the jumps races.”
Tarquin picked up $24,300 for his second placing to Second Bullet.
Guizot performed the best of the other local runners running third in a $125,000 race over 1600 metres at Flemington, for Aaron Purcell, after winning the Woodford Cup at his previous start.