Redkirk Warrior indicated he is back to his old self at Flemington jumpouts on Friday morning with an impressive performance, but will not defend his Black Caviar Lightning and Newmarket Handicap crowns this autumn.
Off the back of a busy six months which included a Royal Ascot trip, the globetrotter will now be aimed at The All-Star Mile and take a weight-for-age path to get there.
"We are training him for The All-Star Mile so he is going to have a different preparation than what we are used to seeing," David Hayes said on Friday morning.
"He is going to kick-off a bit underdone in the Australia Stakes (1200-metre Group 2 on Friday, January 25 at The Valley).
"Then hopefully he'll hit his form via the C.F. Orr Stakes and the Futurity Stakes so he can put his hand up for The All-Star Mile.
"I think at the weight-for-age level at The Valley first-up that he'll be a risk but it will set him up for a big autumn.
"He was a miler-2000-metre horse before he came to Australia … I think in the middle distance he'll be very, very good.
"He's had one run in Melbourne over 1500m and he beat Stratum Star, who's a Group 1 performer and that is good enough form for me."
Redkirk Warrior didn't fire a shot down the straight in the Darley Classic last spring but since then, the eight-year-old has enjoyed a good break.
His slick work in his jumpout on Friday also coincides with his trainer's belief that he produces his best at this time of year.
"He didn't compete well away from Lindsay Park and when he got home it was out of quarantine so it was a funny sort of preparation into the Darley and he was below his best," said Hayes.
"It's funny, some horses come good and are very seasonal and I think he is, and he's coming good like he has for the past couple of years in the autumn."
Lindsay Park also had a number of two-year-old fillies jump out in different heats and while the Hall of Fame trainer is hoping they all live up to warrant a Blue Diamond bid, Hayes explains they will be split up over the coming weeks.
BISCARA: "She's been very competitive at her first two runs in the spring and she had a break after her run at The Valley, and she'll be set for the Blue Diamond Preview on January 26. Her major goal is the Inglis Millennium (at Warwick Farm on February 9). I think she's a 1000-metre sprint specialist, being by Rubick, and off what I saw today she'll be competitive in whatever she runs in."
ART COLLECTION (half-sister to Lankan Rupee): "I was very impressed with her today, she sat wide and wasn't asked to do a lot and won the trial, I would say she would be one of the stable's number one Blue Diamond contenders and she was only narrowly beaten during Cup week (in the Maribyrnong Plate on Oaks Day) and she will probably run in the Chairman's Stakes (1000m at Caulfield on February 2). She is the one I've had the big opinion of right through."
PELICAN: "We are taking a view on her for more of a Sires Produce (1400m at Flemington on March 9), she's a lovely filly and bred in the purple and the further she goes the better she will be."
LANKAN STAR: "She's by Nicconi, she was beaten half an inch on Melbourne Cup Day (in the Ottawa Stakes) and she wasn't knocked about in her trial today and she will run in the two-year-old fillies race next Friday night at The Valley."
Redkirk Warrior's jumpout (white, black cap)