Trainer Martin Allan remains confident he can shape the outcome of Thursday’s Tabtouch Hannans Handicap (1400m), despite the scratching of stable pin-up, Neurological.
A winner of the Farnley Stakes (1400m) last month, Neurological has been denied an opportunity of going back-to-back in feature races after suffering a foot abscess.
“If the race was on Saturday he would have been a chance,” Allan told The Races WA.
“He is nearly right, but not quite there.
“It’s a setback, but there are other races for him.
“He will target the Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot.”
Allan’s hopes in the Hannans Handicap now rest with former Godolphin galloper Flow and he insists the Street Cry gelding will be a legitimate threat.
Flow won five races and placed in as many Listed races when carrying the Royal Blue silks under previous trainers John O’Shea and James Cummings.
He last raced in April and warmed up for his first WA appearance with a barrier trial at Lark Hill, finishing two lengths from Roger The Roman.
“He has improved out of sight since that trial and I’m quite excited,” Allan said.
“He actually gives me a better feel than Neurological.
“He should keep on improving and looks fit.
“The harder they go in front the better for him.
“He is definitely not there just making up the numbers.”
Flow will come into barrier nine with the scratching of Neurological. Brad Parnham takes the ride.
He is $13 with Tabtouch, firming from his opening price of $17.
Tellem We’re Comin is the $2.25 favourite, with Pym’s Royale, unbeaten in Kalgoorlie, next at $3.70.
Abdicator ($6.50) and Roger The Roman ($8.50) are the other runners in single figures.