Dont Tell William will continue to target shorter races as he looks to make his way through the grades, horseman Toby Ryan has revealed.
Dont Tell William picked up his ninth victory at Port Pirie on Saturday night but is yet to score over a distance longer that 1800m. That is fine by Ryan though after he clocked 1:57.1 over the mile in his latest win.
"He likes the shorter course racing," Ryan said. "If you break his record into two halves, one for 1800 metres or less and the other for races over a long trip, you will see two very different tallies.
"He just doesn't get the full 2200 metres and is often found wanting. The hope is he can strengthen up, but he just can't seem to get that extra distance in him."
Ryan's reinswoman-wife, Lisa, was in the sulky as Dont Tell William worked to the lead from barrier six before being eased to take a trail behind The Shooting Star.
The son of Bettors Delight then sprinted to a two-and-a-half metre win from Rhyflective, with The Shooting Star a metre-and-a-half away third.
"That was a nice run from him," Ryan added. "He did a bit of work early before gaining the trail and then had enough left to finish it off nicely.
"I've got nothing particular picked out for him at this stage, just stay locally and hope can progress through the grades."
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