Trainer Roy Rogers has warned punters not to dismiss his stable star Captain Stirling in Saturday’s Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m) at Belmont Park.
The gelding will tackle the race on the quick back-up, following his second placing to Don’t Fuss last Saturday.
Prior to that, Captain Stirling finished a credible fifth to Rock Magic in the Northam Stakes (1100m), his first attempt at blacktype level.
Rogers said the quick back-up, if anything, would suit Captain Stirling.
“The last time I buttered him up a week out, he nearly broke a track record at Pinjarra,” he told The Races WA.
“I think he’s benefitted a lot from his last run.
“I expect him to run a really good race.”
Andrew Castle has the ride on Captain Stirling from barrier two and will have only six rivals in the race.
The four-year-old is on the minimum weight of 54kg along with Electric Light and Market Ruler.
Rock Magic has been allotted top-weight of 62kg for the race he won in 2015.
Despite being defeated by Rock Magic at Northam, Rogers was confident the weight swing would be telling on Saturday.
“His fifth in the Northam Stakes was a really good test for him,” Rogers said.
“He was only two-and-a-half kilos off Rock Magic’s weight in that race.
“It’s a lot better this week, he’s carrying 54 and I think he’ll give them something to chase.
“If this horse is going to go to the next level, he’s got to be competitive.”
Misty Metal, a multiple Listed race winner during the recent Ascot season, heads up TABtouch’s market for the $100,000 event at $3.30.
Electric Light ($3.90), Market Ruler ($5), Rebel King ($5.50) and Rock Magic ($5.50) are the other runners in single figures.
Captain Stirling is the outsider of the field at $14.
Saturday’s Belmont meeting gets underway at 12.09pm.