BISHOP AUCKLAND trainer Darren Golightly will resist the temptation to run Burnfoot Alpha in the Pin Point Invitation at Newcastle next month.

The dog, which he bred himself, clocked one of the fastest times of the year on Tyneside in 2014 when he posted a 28.26 for the 480 metres winning a supporting open on All England Cup Final night, but Golightly has opted to give him a rest and bring him back for the RGPTV Scottish Derby in April.

He says: “After he finished second in the British-Bred Final at Towcester last month I thought that he was a bit tired and I decided that I would give him a couple of months off then have a crack at the Scottish Derby with him.

“The Invitation race would have been ideal preparation if for Glasgow it had been a bit later in the calendar but I won’t be looking at bringing him back until the end of February.

“I am being careful with him as it would be hard for me to get another dog as good as Burnfoot Alpha and time isn’t on his side as he will be four in September.”