Spring carnival put on hold for unbeaten runner

The talented type will be saved for the autumn following its run this Saturday
Sir Elton
Sir Elton won't be running during the spring carnival but will be in action this Saturday

Sir Elton looking to remain unbeaten after city test


Unbeaten runner Sir Elton has looked good in three starts to date and will be given its biggest test so far on Saturday.

The Adam Duggan-trained gelding has looked mightily impressive to date and lines up in the Spring Hospitality Handicap at Randwick this Saturday. However, Duggan won't be running him during the spring.

"I'm not going to get too cute in terms of giving him a short spell and aiming at the end of the spring. I'm going to give that a miss," Duggan said.

"We're completely in at the wrong time and I want to make sure we do the right thing with him."

With the Sydney spring carnival off the agenda this year, Duggan's immediate focus is on Saturday and Sir Elton's quest to remain unbeaten.

Hugh Bowman rode him for the first time last start and while impressed by the horse's raw ability, he was particularly glowing in his appraisal of Sir Elton's attitude.

"He was taken by his temperament," Duggan said.

"Hugh said that usually if they've got some ability like he has, that his temperament for such an inexperienced horse is a good sign for the future."

Bowman will again be in the saddle on Saturday when Sir Elton faces his toughest task yet against a field that includes Group Three winner Danawi and the Chris Waller-trained up-and-coming filly Haut Brion Her.

It will also be the first time Sir Elton has been extended to 1200 metres, although Duggan doesn't expect the 100-metre distance rise to pose a problem.

"I thought racing on the real heavy track might have taken a little bit out of him but I was pleasantly surprised, he bounced back from the run really well," Duggan said.

"He looks that little bit tighter to me, but he's still got enough condition on him."

Sir Elton is the firming $1.70 favourite at BetEasy.

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