Opacity to have short break before spring

Opacity (closest to camera) on his way to winning at Randwick. Photo: bradleyphotos.com.au

Trainer John O’Shea has opted not to press on further into winter with promising Ocean Park gelding Opacity.

Opacity continued a rise through the grades with a narrow win at Randwick on Saturday in the third start of his campaign, taking his overall record to five wins from seven starts.

Immediately after the race O’Shea mentioned Opacity could back up this Saturday in a bid to further boost his rating, but the stable has announced the rising four-year-old will instead be sent for a short break.

“He’s pulled up great and will head to paddock for short break ahead of a spring campaign,” O’Shea said.

The Gr.1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) have been mentioned among the spring options for the rising four-year-old.

Opacity was purchased by Champion Thoroughbreds principal Jason Abrahams for $70,000 from the Landsdowne Park draft during Book 1 at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2018 National Yearling Sales.

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