Clint Johnston-Porter’s comeback to racing has moved a step closer after he was given a medical clearance to ride track work.
It’s positive news for the top young rider who has been on the sidelines since March after fracturing a vertebra in a track fall.
The Perth trainer was more than pleased by the trial of Wilchino at Lark Hill on Tuesday.
Under the hands of William Pike the Maschino filly raced clear to win by eight lengths and clocked the fastest heat time.
Wilchino ran fourth to Divide By The Sea when on debut at Ascot last March.
“There is a lot to like about the trial,” Morton told The Races WA.
“She really hit the ground running and looks in good shape.
“She will go straight to the races without another trial.”
Morton believes Lady Sass could be his top ace at the upcoming Ascot carnival.
The Unencumbered mare ran fourth in the WA Derby and eighth in the WA Oaks, but Morton says she will be more effective over a shorter distance range.
“I think she will be better over 1600 and 1800m,” Morton said.
“I never really thought she was a genuine stayer.
“I believe she could the X-Factor later in the year.
“She will target the Railway Stakes (1600m) and Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Morton confirmed a change of plans for Man Booker with the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) the chief goal.
The seven-year-old ran fifth to Galaxy Star in last year’s Railway Stakes, but Morton has adopted an alternate path.
Man Booker has not raced since winning the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich last June.
The veteran nine-year-old will extend his campaign to the goldfields.
Runner-up in the Broome Cup (2200m), the gelding will chase a feature treble in the Coolgardie Cup, Boulder Cup and Kalgoorlie Cup.
Disappointing news with one of Andrews’ Ascot carnival drawcards Blackfury sustaining a tendon injury.
“It’s not a major tendon, but a tendon is a tendon,” Andrews said.
“He is undergoing extensive rehabilitation.
“He will be out for this year, but I’m optimistic he will get back.”
The son of Blackfriars posted an eye-catching maiden win at his second start at Ascot in March.
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Andrews says the talented colt will be back in his stable in a month to prepare for his three-year-old campaign.
Last season he ran third in the Listed Perth Stakes (1100m).
Andrews has recommend the son of Written Tycoon seek a change of environment.
After a sizzling start to racing with three consecutive wins, Illustrious Tycoon has since been well beaten, finishing 12th of 13 and seventh of nine at his subsequent outings
“He has been gelded and I’ve recommended he should go to another stable, somewhere near the ocean to revive his interest in racing,” Andrews said.
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The Safeguard filly is a fortnight from trialling.
She flashed potential as a juvenile last season when placed in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m), Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) and Karrakatta Plate (1200m).
A new name is about to enter the jockey ranks after Conway received her permit to ride.
The 22-year-old, born in Kalgoorlie, rode track work for goldfield trainers Peter Fernie and Brett Mathews and also worked as a barrier attendant for the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club.
Conway’s mother, Georgina Rolton, is a licensed track work rider and a former jockey who won nine races.
Conway is indentured to Dion Luciani.
BAM’S ON FIRE
The former Western Australian could be headed back home later this year.
“She is in pre-training and resumes full training in the next couple of weeks,” said co-trainer David Eustace.
“It’s a long way to go but her long range goal is the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).”
Bam’s On Fire has won three races and been placed twice from her five starts since going to Melbourne.
Despite opening his campaign with a bang, trainer Sharon Miller believes the four-year-old wasn’t suited at Belmont.
Miller said after two wins and two placings, the four-year-old will have a month in the paddock.
“I don’t think he appreciated the soft tracks,” Miller said.
“He will have a freshen-up and come back for Ascot.”
Miller also confirmed Prying Tom had been retired.
He won nine races, ran seven placings and earned $313,485 in stake earnings from 35 starts.
He best run was arguably a fifth to Arcadia Queen in last year’s Kingston Town Classic.
Three intersate rides have accepted an inviation to ride in Saturday’s $70,000 race.
Chris Graham from Tasmania and Victorian Harry Grace.
Fred W Kersley, now domiciled in Melbourne, makes a welcome return home.