Pauper has been struggling with a bruised foot since returning to the stables more than a week ago. He has only been able to work a couple of days and although the sole is hardening, he will come right much faster if he is given a week or two on the grass.

The Moruya Cup has been rescheduled for April 12th so having a couple more weeks off now and starting afresh at the beginning of February will be good timing for that too. The video above is when we let him go in the paddock this morning. He is 100% sound when he is running on the grass which is a great sign for a quick recovery.