Phillip Stokes is already looking to next year’s Spring Racing Carnival with stable star Hucklebuck, reports Racing Victoria.

The Adelaide trainer plans to give the Emirates Stakes winner a light campaign in his home state in late autumn so he can be at his best for the 2015 spring.

Stokes said Melbourne autumn features such as the Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes, both Group 1 weight-for-age races over 1400m, had appeal along with The Championships in Sydney, but he was keen to give him a lengthy spell after a testing 2014.

“They’re all worth good money, but I’ll just put the horse first and we’ll give him a decent break,” he said. “The owner’s not a greedy man, so he’s happy to give him time.

“We’re keen to give him a decent break because he didn’t have much time off between Brisbane and spring (this year).

“We’ll probably just run him in something like The Goodwood over here and then target the spring again.”

The $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m), a set-weights-and-penalties event, will be run at Morphettville in May.

Hucklebuck competed in Melbourne last autumn, finishing eighth as favourite in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) before heading to Brisbane for a two-run campaign that ended with a sixth placing in the Group 1 Stradbroke (1400m).

After a first-up win in Adelaide in spring he came to Flemington for Melbourne Cup Week, where he won the Group 2 Yellowglen Stakes (1400m) on Derby Day beforeGroup 1 success in the 1600m Emirates Stakes in the final day of the carnival.