Star Witness waiting for the spring

Trainer Danny O'Brien is likely to resist the temptation to seek more fame and fortune this season with Blue Diamond Stakes winner Star Witness, preferring instead to look ahead to the colt's classic year.

''You can't dance every dance and I'm very mindful that last Saturday was his grand final, so there's every chance he'll go to the paddock and have a nice long rest until the spring,'' O'Brien said yesterday.

Star Witness, who came from near the tail of the field to score an extraordinary win, is not among the entries for the Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill in six weeks and will not be paid up for as a late entry.

The only race O'Brien had entertained for the unbeaten Starcraft colt was the group 2 Sires' Produce Stakes at Flemington in 12 days but he said the downside of running in that race probably outweighed the upside.

''He doesn't have anything to prove and there's a lot to be said for giving him a long break into the spring, where we have high hopes obviously for him as a [Caulfield] Guineas type.''

Blue Diamond Stakes history is littered with winners who have gone on to chase races like the Golden Slipper in Sydney but have subsequently fallen to injury or poor form. Four of the last five winners of the Blue Diamond went on to be unplaced in the Golden Slipper and have not won another race since.

''I am conscious that he had his first start in November and we've spaced his runs to get him into the Blue Diamond in the best possible shape. We've achieved that and we don't really need to go again,'' O'Brien said.

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