VAPORIZING just missed out on a fourth career win at the midweek metropolitan meeting at Ipswich, but trainer Tony Gollan was still delighted with our boy’s slashing run in a strong form race.

After drawing the widest gate in the Benchmark 72 Handicap (1100m), regular rider Ryan Maloney had no option but to ride for luck but unfortunately the gaps opened just too late as VAPORIZING went down by the narrowest of margins.

The son of Wandjina will now head to the paddock for a brief spell, before Gollan brings him back into work to target some of the sprint races towards the back end of the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

“It was a really good run, we just didn’t get the splits at the crucial time,” said Gollan.

“When he finally got out he hit the line terrifically well, so it was definitely a hard luck story. But if you look at the horses that finished around him like Plutocrat and The Big Goodbye, they’re genuine Saturday grade performers so that’s the sort of level we’ll look to get him to.

“He’s come through the race really well, but we’ll back off him a little bit now and send him out for a short break then bring him back into the stable in three weeks’ time so that he’s ready to pounce at the back end of the carnival. It’ll just be a short let-up, then we’ll see him back at the races in around six weeks’ time.”

We’ll keep you posted on VAPORIZING’s future targets when he’s back in work.