STAR Wagga two-year-old Rocket Tiger will return to the stables of Scott Spackman in coming days ready to embark on a spring campaign.
Rocket Tiger has been in the paddock for three months after his exciting autumn campaign and will return to Spackman's stables by Monday, at the latest.
A paddock mishap meant Rocket Tiger spent a little longer in the paddock than first anticipated but Spackman is confident a good spell will have done him the world of good.
"I was going to bring him back in a little bit earlier but just with the little hiccup we had, we gave him a little bit longer," Spackman said.
"That still gets him in in time for September because he comes up pretty quick.
"It could be the best thing that ever happened to him because he had a pretty tough campaign."
Rocket Tiger became the first horse from Wagga to run in the group one Golden Slipper, back in March.
Owner Noel Penfold forked out the $150,000 late entry fee and he went on to run a creditable 10th, after being caught wide for the trip.
His two wins and two placings from five starts helped him amass $188,000 in prizemoney already.
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Spackman is yet to map out a spring campaign for the son of Cluster but expects to test the waters in some of the better three-year-old races in Melbourne at some stage.
He is also already nominated for the $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 25.
"Obviously we'll be looking at the better races but which ones, I don't know," he said.
"I think he'll go to Melbourne, there's some nice races down there. I think he's already nominated for the De Bortoli Wines 1400 metre group one (Golden Rose).
"The 1400 is probably stretching him but we'd probably just have to ride him a bit different.
"I'll know more in the next four weeks."
Spackman also did not rule out the $1.3 million Kosciuszko (1200m), for the best of the country NSW sprinters, at Randwick in October but admitted it was probably less likely given he will only be three.
"That's up to Noel (Penfold). There's a fair bit of water to go under the bridge," he said.
"I think Gary Colvin's horse (Another One) is the best chance there as a four-year-old at this stage.
"I'm not going to dismiss it, if someone rings up and asks. I'll put them in contact with Noel Penfold and he can sort it out."
Spackman also mentioned that a couple of quality jockeys had already enquired about trialling Rocket Tiger once he is back in work.
Kathy O'Hara rode Rocket Tiger in four of her five starts to date.
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