For trainer John Sadler, there was not a hint of mixed feelings when three-year-old Big Night Out blitzed his rivals in what is likely to be his final run at Flemington on Saturday.
Sadler has known all season that the three-year-old will continue his career next season in Hong Kong after being purchased by Hong Kong owner Bon Ho last spring, and so he couldn’t have been more delighted to see the horse live up to his potential and win by a widening three and a half lengths in the Hall Mark Hall Of Fame Trophy.
"No, not at all," he said when asked if the win was tinged with regret.
"It’s just that hard to win so I’ll take a win here at Flemington every time.’’ Sadler said he had learned never to knock back a win.
"I came here thinking Superhard was close to a good thing (ran sixth in race three) but he went like a busted backside and felt a bit the same about this guy but we were worried whether he would get the run (from barrier one) but it was a great ride from Mick Dee.
"It’s hard to know where to go with him. If that other horse wasn’t about (Zoutori), it would be worth thinking about the (Queensland) Guineas.
"But I suppose you shouldn’t ever worry about one horse so we’ll give it some thought. I think he’s a pretty smart horse."
Big NIght Out ($3.10 favourite) enjoyed a soft trail in the race and found plenty of room in the straight before bursting clear to win by three and a half lengths over Junipal ($12) with a short neck to Thunderdome ($8) in third place.
Big Night Out has now won three races from his 10 starts and might just have one or two runs more for Sadler before he leaves for his new home.
"Mr Ho said the horse would stay here for his three-year-old career – so he might just have one or two starts left here," Sadler explained.
Sadler confirmed his two-year-old Sartorial Splendor was going out for a spell after the highly-rated youngster again got too keen when beaten at his third race start at Sandown during the week.
"He’s going to the paddock," Sadler said.
"He’s his own worst enemy. The thing that makes it hard about it, he walks around even behind the barriers like he’s had a sedative but once the gates open, it’s bang and he’s away.
"I think he’ll be really good if he learns to switch on. I don’t know whether he’s turn out to be an enigma or a good horse. Hopefully it’s the later."