At The Races Racing News
David Eustace says a trip to WA for imported stayer, Dal Harraild, will become clearer after he runs in Saturday’s Pakenham Cup (2500m).
Dal Harraild and the James Cummings’-trained Tally were two of 34 nominations announced yesterday for the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) in January.
“We will assess the Perth option after Saturday,” said Eustace, who shares a training partnership with Ciaron Maher.
“He worked over a half mile this morning and came through it well. We will see how he goes after the Pakenham Cup.”
Dal Harraild, a six-year-old son of Champs Elysees, has been placed twice from three starts since racing for Eustace and Maher.
The chestnut gelding ran second in the Bendigo Cup (2400m) and filled the same placing last-start in the Sandown Classic (2400m).
PERTH CUP/TED VAN HEEMST NOMINATIONS
Dal Harraild and Tally headline interstate nominations for the Perth Cup.
Tally, a member of James Cummings’ team, was a last-start winner of the Group 3 Eclipse (1800m) at Sandown.
In 2016 the gelding won the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield and the Group 2 Alister Clark (2040m) at Moonee Valley.
He also holds four placings at stakes level including the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) in Sydney and Group 1 Turnbull (2000m) at Flemington.
Tally, Trap For Fools and Holy Snow lead the interstate contingent in the Ted Van Heemst Stakes (2100m), the Group 2 race to be run on December 22.
TRAP FOR FOOLS
Perth-owned stayer Trap For Fools will wear concussion plates on both fronts for the Group1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on Saturday.
The five-year-old returns to home soil for the first time since running sixth to Material Man in January’s Perth Cup.
The popular Jarrod McLean-trained gelding has not raced since his fighting win in the Group Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington in November.
BAMS ON FIRE
Eustace says there is definitely a win approaching for former Perth filly, Bam’s On Fire.
The Universal Ruler three-year-old debuted for Eustace and Maher at Bendigo last month and ran second.
“She did a few things wrong and didn’t get the right run,” Eustace said.
“She’ll be winning a maiden soon and there is plenty of improvement to come.
“She will race at Cranbourne next Saturday.”
KINGSTON TOWN BARRIER DRAW
The Kingston Town barrier draw will be held at Ascot this afternoon.
Pre barrier markets has Arcadia Queen, a winner of the Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) and WA Guineas (1600m) the $2.75 favourite.
Stable mate and Railway Stakes victor, Galaxy Star, ($4.60), Trap For Fools ($6) and Material Man ($8) are the only runners in single figures.
SCALES OF JUSTICE
Trainer Lindsey Smith says Scales Of Justice will race first-up in the A.J.Scahill Stakes (1400m) after missing a trial on Monday.
Smith said the six-year-old had not fully recovered from bruising to his off side front hoof and he was taking a cautious approach.
Mitchell Pateman has been confirmed to take the ride on December 15.