Leading Goldfields trainer Peter Fernie admits he’s spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding the immediate future for Hahn Electrical-Coolgardie Cup (1760m) winner Western Temple.
Western Temple, formerly trained by Adam Durrant and owned by Bob and Sandra Peters, finished second to Massimo in his first two runs for Fernie, before taking out yesterday’s $100,000 feature.
The seven-year-old settled midfield for jockey Kyra Yuill and wore down a tiring Superior Smile over the closing stages.
Fernie, who scored his first win in the race, said he would consider stepping up the gelding to the 2100m of the Boulder Cup but hinted a drop back to the Hannans Handicap (1400m) was also on the cards.
“Everyone doesn’t reckon he stays,” Fernie told TABradio.
“Bob (Peters) told me not to try and make him stay, so I think he’s the smartest bloke in WA.
“It’s most probably where Andrew (Inglis) wants to go.
“If Andrew wants to have a go at the Boulder Cup we will have a go.
“If not we will go back to the Hannans.”
The son of Dream Ahead has just a second and third placing to show from his four starts beyond 2000m, the most recent of those was an unplaced run behind Utgard Loki in May’s Eurythmic Stakes (2100m).
Fernie said he had enjoyed his time training the gelding and added some credit had to be paid to Durrant for his good form.
“He’s a beautiful old horse,” he said.
“He does everything you want him to and he’s pretty stress free.
“Adam advised us to buy him and I thank Adam for that.
“It’s been pretty easy actually.”
Meanwhile, star Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller said Group 1 winner Dreamforce could be the ideal horse for the TABtouch Masters series at Ascot, following his second straight win in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Rawiller, who won the 2009 Railway Stakes aboard Snipers Bullet, said the eight-year-old could be the perfect contender for Perth’s premier mile.
“He’s the sort of horse that could definitely do it,” he told TABradio.
“I’ve had the privilege of winning a Railway and it’s obviously your main time of year.
“He’d travel over there fine and settle in and it might be something worth looking at.
“There’s not many options for him over here at Group 1 level.”
Dreamforce’s trainer John Thompson expressed his desire to bring Listed winner Fituese for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on TABradio last month.