By Glenn Davis
Last year’s winter find, Supergiant, faces an acid test to determine his future plans when he lines up in the Listed Tails Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.
Trainer Michael Costa has a few options in mind with the four-year-old during the TAB Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, but won’t reveal his hand until after the 1630-metre feature.
“He’s coming off a disappointing campaign following last year’s winter when a few things went wrong,” Costa said.
“We were planning to send him interstate but he kept getting a few niggling problems.
“He had a temperature at one stage then a foot abscess which meant he couldn’t go away.
“We’ve got a plan A, plan B and even a plan C in mind with him this winter but we won’t know more until we see how he comes up this campaign.
“We could even take him away interstate if his form is up to it for a race like the Grafton Cup.”
Supergiant was raised at New Zealand's famous home of stayers, Mapperley Stud, and is related to the 2007 Victoria Derby winner Kibbutz.
He emerged from obscurity last winter after winning a mediocre Class 1 at Ipswich in April to run second to the Toby and Trent Edmonds-trained Vanna Girl in the Listed Daybreak Lover at Doomben in May last year.
He then led all the way to win the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) at Eagle Farm in May before finishing second in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2200m) at Eagle Farm the next month.