Even an abandoned trial can be a sign of progress in some cases.

Monday’s abandoned Cranbourne trials were one of those times for the owners of import Gold Trip.

Gold Trip was a high-priced purchase that was ruled out of last year’s Cox Plate before hard tracks in Sydney prolonged the owners’ wait to see their investment in action.

Trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace have steadily brought Gold Trip along until he was ready to trail but weather intervened on Monday.

However, Australian Bloodstock co-founder Luke Murrell said the fact Gold Trip was so advanced in fitness was a pleasing sign.

“He was ready to go in Melbourne and things didn’t go well with the vet and he was right to go in Sydney then we got the rock-hard tracks,” Murrell said.

“It hasn’t been a major concern but more a matter of doing the right thing by the horse.

Racing Victoria vets ruled out Gold Trip from last year’s Cox Plate. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty Images

Racing Victoria vets ruled out Gold Trip from last year’s Cox Plate. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty Images

“It’s just to get them in and give them a preparation because he’s been so long off the scene.

“The fact that being up and ready with no real issue is great.”

Murrell said Maher and Eustace would aim Gold Trip for another tilt at the Cox Plate, which was aborted after a Racing Victoria veterinary ruling last year.

He said Gold Trip would probably have another short break before his spring campaign begins in earnest.

“The Cox Plate is the main aim and that’s a long way away but the intention was to get him up then back off him for a couple of weeks,” Murrell said.

“Then he’ll have that residual fitness without any racing.”

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