The connections of What's The Story are already looking forward to the spring and a return to Australia.

Runner-up in the group one New Zealand Derby, the Stephen McKee and Eddie Chippendale-trained Savabeel colt will return home for a break following his sixth placing behind fellow Kiwi Tavago in the group one Australian Derby at Randwick.

"He'll have a spell at Ascot Farm and then he'll get ready for a spring campaign - we're looking at Melbourne with him," Go Racing syndicate manager Albert Bosma said.

Confidence had been high in What's The Story's prospects at Randwick until the rain arrived.


"If it had been a firm track he would have been right in it," Bosma said.

"Blake Shinn said when he went for the horse he couldn't sprint in the ground so he's going to the paddock now."

Bosma said the three-year-old handled his first trip away like a seasoned campaigner.

"He travelled perfectly and he was a dream horse to bring over here. The only thing we couldn't do anything about was the weather."

What's The Story is expected to be in the paddock for five or six weeks before he returns to his Ardmore stable.

- NZ Racing Desk