Forgot You (Image: Racing Photos)
Temptations in racing don't come much bigger but, in the end, Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young are sticking to their long-term plan.
After much thought, the pair decided not to run their rising star Forgot You in Saturday's $5 million Cox Plate, despite having the chance to.
"The main aim has been the Derby, while it's very tempting to run in a Cox Plate, we've still got a $2m race that he's favourite in, we feel it's just a better lead-up for the horse into the Derby," Trent Busuttin said.
It was feared that a potentially tough run in the Cox Plate may have hampered preparations for the initial goal of the campaign - the Victoria Derby.
"You can't have too many grand finals, and our one's next week," Busuttin said.
Instead, the three-year-old will run in the G2 Vase (2040m) at The Valley on Saturday - in what's expected to be a far less gruelling affair.
"Whatever run he has is not going to be as hard a run as the Cox Plate," he said.
"We'd rather give him a nice run on Saturday without giving him a gut buster, and hopefully line him up in the Derby 100 per cent.
"He's probably going to go into the Vase a dominant favourite, I'd be disappointed if he's not winning, but it's never that easy, I'm sure there are nice three-year-olds in there and it will be a good race."
It's a move Busuttin and Young will be hoping pays off seven days later, with Forgot You on the second line of betting in the Derby as a $5 chance with Sportsbet.