Craig Newitt will reunite with Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick on April 12. Chad Schofield, who rode the Mick Price trained galloper to victory in the Newmarket Handicap, was initially booked for the TJ Smith but connections have decided to reinstate Newitt as the rider due to his previous commitment to the horse, reports Racing Network.

"This is no reflection on Chad Schofield, the question was put to the owner and he said because of Craig's connection with them over the years and the fact that he had ridden the horse in all starts except the Newmarket, they thought he deserved the TJ Smith ride," Price said.

Newitt had been in line to ride stablemate Samaready but she is now heading to Adelaide for the Sportingbet Classic and Goodwood.

Price had been keen to run Samaready in the TJ Smith Stakes but owners Vinery Stud were mindful that she had been easily defeated by Lankan Rupee in the Newmarket and heading to Adelaide was clearly an easier option.

The leading Caulfield based trainer also indicated there is a chance Jabali may still contest the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Price is set to meet with the new owners of the colt on Friday to discuss the Golden Slipper picture, despite initially indicating he would like to send him to the paddock following his disappointing seventh in the Todman Stakes.