Ayrton (Image: Racing Photos)
Co-trainer Mick Price knows there's still 'a bit of water to go under the bridge' - not only this winter, but also in the spring.
However, draft plans still have to be made and Price says he would love to see rising star Ayrton stretch out to 2000 metres, opening the possibility of a Cox Plate run this spring if the horse earns it.
The talented three-year-old opened $51 for the Cox Plate and has already moved into $15 favourite with Sportsbet, firming after his last win at Caulfield.
But first, there's a Queensland campaign, with connections hopeful of running in this year's Stradbroke Handicap.
"He leaves tonight and will land at Eagle Farm at 4am tomorrow morning," Price told RSN927.
"So I think it's 11pm flight, door-to-door its four or five hours.
"I'm not trying to hide the horse. It will be a big job, if he is right, he will run in the Stradbroke, if he is not right, he doesn't have to run there.
"But I think it's a good idea to take the young, big type of Kiwi gelding to Brisbane. Fred Best looks good for him, that'll be J. Kah and after that we will make a decision.
"He can have a spell up there, do a bit of racing up there and come back a beautiful four-year-old.
"I actually think a good distance will be a mile, to 2000m with him. I know (Michael Kent) Junior is talking about The Golden Eagle for the money. But I suppose we will have a chat about it.
"You'd love to win a Cox Plate. But that's all to be discussed."
A win in the Fred Best would secure Ayrton's spot in the Stradbroke field, where he would likely carry 49.5kg.
That's a weight Jamie Kah can't make, with Price revealing there are a handful of jockeys in the mix to ride the rising star in that Group 1.
"There's a bit of water to go under the bridge. We'll get to the Fred Best and we will fine tune it from there," Price said.
"There's probably half a dozen names there, roughly."