New Zealand colt Not An Option will return to his homeland later this month after finishing tailed off in a roughhouse affair in last Saturday’s Gr.1 J.J. Atkins Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm.
The Group Two winner was left in the care of Sydney trainers Michael and Richard Freedman due to COVID-19 restrictions but did not get the rub of the green last weekend.
“Not An Option is booked to come back on the 29th of this month,” Pike said.
“He is at the spelling farm in Queensland at present.
“He basically got put through the running rail at about the 1100m mark and first time with blinkers he panicked a bit.
“We will get him back, his form in Sydney was solid, have a chat to everyone and he will be much better as a three-year-old.”
The Not A Single Doubt colt is raced by a syndicate which features a number of New Zealand breeders including Cambridge Stud’s Brendan and Jo Lindsay.