“All of those options are there.
“Jonathan Munz will stay down as the manager alongside myself and we’re pretty much on the same track with whatever discussions we’ve had around racing anyway.
“One question he did raise was he had the feeling we would like to see him win over 2000 metres but to be honest, that does not worry me at all. We love a good miler and he’s shown that he is that. If he won more top races at 1400 and a mile I’d be totally satisfied with that.
“He doesn’t need to win over 2000 metres for mine.”
The Orr Stakes (February 8) and Futurity Stakes (February 22), both over 1400 metres, would lead into the Australian Guineas (February 29) and potentially even the All-Star Mile on March 14.
Waikato Stud spent $10 million to secure each of Savabeel, Ocean Park and Sacred Falls to their stallion roster, but their investment in Super Seth exceeds them all.
“We just love a horse that has raced in that top echelon of racing in Australia,” Chittick said.
“Australian carnival racing is the toughest racing in the world and if you can have a horse that has performed at that top level in that racing environment, to show that turn of foot to run down an unbeaten horse [in Alligator Blood], and run a very, very slick last 600 metres, that was the big thing for me.”
Chittick said fellow Dundeel colt Castelvecchio also appealed, but Super Seth was a better fit for his book of broodmares.
Meanwhile, the Cox Plate runner-up is more likely to target a late autumn preparation in Sydney under the new ownership group which involves Arrowfield Stud.
Stud principal John Messara said he could follow the same preparation as sire Dundeel, who ran fourth in the Hobartville (1400-metre) before winning the Randwick Guineas (1600m), Rosehill Guineas (2000m), ATC Derby (2400m) and ran second in the open weight-for-age Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
“I am thinking he will follow [a campaign] more like Dundeel than The Autumn Sun, and when he gets the longer distances we will decide if he goes to the Derby or the Queen Elizabeth,” Messara told ANZ Bloodstock.
“We will wait and see.”
Connections have not ruled out targeting next year’s Cox Plate with Castelvecchio.
Damien Ractliffe is the Chief Racing Reporter for The Age.