Jason Coyle isn't wasting time thinking what might have been with Va Pensiero in the Golden Rose. He is just concentrating on the future, starting with the Heritage Stakes (1100 metres) at Randwick on Saturday.
Va Pensiero is unbeaten this spring, after winning the San Domenico Stakes and the Run To The Rose, but Coyle backed his judgment and didn't run in last week's $1 million Golden Rose making it clear his spring target is at Flemington.
When Zoustar and Dissident fought out the finish, having finished fourth and runner-up respectively in the Run To The Rose, it would have been easy for Coyle to doubt himself. ''We made the decision and moved on. I thought the Coolmore Stud Stakes [at Flemington] down the straight was the right race and wanted to make sure he got there the best way,'' Coyle said. ''What those two did last week doesn't worry me at all, it just shows the form is very strong.''
Coyle said Va Pensiero was under the radar of a lot of punters. ''It is nice to have a good horse at this time of the year which is very competitive,'' he said. ''I think people aren't sure of his form. He won the San Domenico and then went out a $31 chance in [the Run To The Rose] and I couldn't understand why he was that price. Maybe they thought under the conditions of that race [set weights and penalties] he wasn't well treated, I don't know.''
Coyle said, considering what he had achieved this preparation, Va Pensiero was ''well in'' with the 58.5 kilogram top weight but might take a sit from the awkward gate of seven.
''The conditions are in his favour but it is a sticky gate,'' he said. ''There is plenty of speed in the race with Gary [Portelli's] horse [I'm All The Talk], so Nathan [Berry] will have to sum it up when he is out there.''