Once bitten: trainer Lee Curtis and Damien Oliver.Once bitten: trainer Lee Curtis and Damien Oliver. Photo: Paul Rovere

Lee Curtis’ decision to dodge a heavy track at Rosehill and wait seven days is set to gift Turbulent Jet a first start in black-type company in the Civic Stakes on Saturday.

Mulling whether to run in a ratings-based race on his home track, Curtis opted to wait a week for the $100,000 listed feature, also at Rosehill, in a bid for a rare start in stakes company.

“If the track had have been a [soft] seven I would have run [on Saturday],” Curtis said. “It was as simple as that. With no rain around this week the track should improve a bit.

“It’s probably just a mental thing to be honest for us, given the fact he’s bled before. That was on a shifty track. I gave him a gallop once I scratched him [on Saturday] and he worked as good as he can. He went terrific.”