ENTICING STAR OPENS WINTERBOTTOM FAVOURITE.
Tabtouch has installed unbeaten mare Enticing Star a $3 favourite for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
The daughter of Testa Rossa, labelled the next star of Perth racing, has yet to be beaten in her eight career starts.
Prepared by Adam Durrant, Enticing Star is the clear-cut favourite ahead of the Joe Pride-trained Ball Of Muscle ($9).
Last year’s Winterbottom Stakes champion Viddora, unplaced in Saturday’s The Everest, is rated an $11 chance.
Enticing Star shares second favouritism in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 24.
Enticing Star, Le Romain, Scales Of Justice and Hartnell ($12) sit behind Gaaalaxy Star ($10).
Hartnell, a winner of just over $5.5 million in prizemoney and a member of James Cumming’s team, is the $8 market leader in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Arcadia Queen holds $9 second favouritism.
Mitchell Pateman said he is delighted to have secured the Scales Of Justice mount and is looking forward to the return of the son of Not A Single Doubt.
Scales Of Justice has not raced since finishing 12th to Great Shot in his defence of the Railway Stakes last November.
A back injury threatened to end his career, but he looked back on track and very sharp after impressing in a trial win on Monday.
Trainer Lindsey Smith confidently declared Scales Of Justice to be near his top and said he could not have asked any more of him in the trial.
Vaughn Sigley said he was not put off by Missile Launch and his first-up run over 1400m at Bunbury on Saturday.
Sigley said the bay gelding, who ran fifth to Achernar Star, beaten 2 ¼ lengths, peaked on his run and would strip fitter second-up.
Sigley said Missile Launch would run in the Northam Cup (1600m) on October 28 or the Asian Beau a week later as he builds momentum to the Railway Stakes.
BAM’S ON FIRE
Bam’s On Fire has come through her trial success yesterday (Monday) in good order, according to trainer Mark Forder.
The Universal Ruler filly recorded one of the day’s fastest times in drawing away to an easy 950m victory.
Importantly Bam’s On Fire jumped quickly from the gates, in stark contrast to her runs as a juvenile last season.
Bam’s On Fire bombed most of her starts last season before charging home late and placing in three of five starts.
A relieved Forder said the three-year-old has overcome a number of setbacks including infections and a bacterial problem.
He said he hadn’t mapped out a programme for Bam’s On Fire, but the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) in October looked suitable.
Clint Johnston-Porter is eyeing a comeback to race riding by the end of the year.
The young hoop has not been in the saddle since he fractured a vertebra in a track accident last June.
The talented young rider believes he is nearing a return after commencing physiotherapy treatment last week.
Johnston-Porter said he is keen to commence the hard road back to full fitness after touring Europe for a month.
Trainer Arthur Mortimer is hoping for the best, but the signs are not promising for his tough stayer, Kirov Boy.
The nine-year-old returned lame after his run in Bunbury last Saturday and there is a suspicion he may have torn a suspensory.
A dejected Mortimer said Perth Cup plans are now over for Kirov Boy, but the full extent of his injuries won’t be known until Friday’s vet examination.