Crossland said The Bohemian would go back to the trials for a couple of runs before racing again.
“Once he gets out on that track he’s so competitive – he probably has a bit of white-line fever – so it’s my fault I didn’t take him to the trials first,” the trainer said.
“Once he starts trotting for a full race again he’ll be back to his best.”
Crossland said his trotter had grown significantly during his break and would continually improve this campaign.
“He’s such a big horse now and he probably gets too worked up when he’s fresh – we saw that in him last year as a three-year-old – so the longer his preparation goes the better he’ll get.”
One horse sure to get heads turning on the track this year is Rapid Art Beat.
A winner of this month’s Donald Pacing Cup at Charlton, the former New Zealander has plenty of ability.
Getting him to the track, however, has been the challenge.
“He’s had two starts here (in Australia) for two wins. The only problem is they were 10 months apart,” Crossland said.
Rapid Art Beat was a brilliant winner at Cranbourne in August last year when he had the toughest run in transit but still managed to win comfortably.
“It was a huge run,” Crossland said.
“We started from three-wide on the second line and then moved up three-wide to find the death seat and then a couple came around to give us cover. Then we led them up again in the turn for home and won by three or four metres.
“It was a tough win and he found the line quite well.
“He’s only pony-sized but he has a heart like bloody Phar Lap’s.”
Being tough doesn’t make you immune from problems, though.