Eagle Farm trainer Tony Gollan says Alma’s Fury has been specifically set for the Railway Stakes (1600m) and is confident the seven-year-old gelding will be at his peak for the Group One feature at Ascot on Saturday.
Alma’s Fury enjoyed a four start campaign in Melbourne and rocketed into Railway Stakes contention when he ran on for second behind Hucklebuck in the Group 3 Yellowglen Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.
The form line out of the race holds strong and further boosted Gollan’s confidence when Hucklebuck completed the third leg of a feature race treble in the Group One Emirate Stakes (1600m) a week later.
“His form out of that last race at Flemington was terrific,” said Golan on TAB Radio.
“I elected not to back up in the Emirates and rather target the Railway.
“It’s been on the agenda all preparation to get to Perth.
“The horse has arrived in good condition and will give it a crack on Saturday.”
Alma’s Fury, quoted a $17 chance on Tabtouch, will be in the hands of Michael Rodd from barrier 18.
Gollan says while it’s not ideal Alma’s Fury has the capacity to overcome an awkward draw.
“He has good gate speed and will position in the first six,” said Gollan.
“I have no concern if the horse races without cover.
“Michael is a world class rider and will be giving him the best run possible.”
Tasmanian galloper The Cleaner holds favouritism at $4.80 and his pattern of racing will see him take on the lead from barrier eight.
The bay gelding led throughout when winning the Group Two Feehan Stakes (1400m) and JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley.
The Mick Burles-trained seven-year-old attempted to lead all the way in the Group One Emirates Stakes and bravely hung on for third.
“I hope something does take The Cleaner on early,” said Gollan.
“He tends to want to build the tempo from the 800m
“Hopefully Steven (Arnold) is not allowed to conduct the race at his leisure.
“Alma’s Fury won’t be far off them and as long as we are close enough coming off the bend we will give it every chance.”
Julio Santarelli: RWWA