In-form jockey Lucy Warwick is confident reigning horse of the year Material Man can go one better in this year’s Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), following his first-up third in the Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot yesterday.
Material Man settled just off the strong speed set by Wrinkly in yesterday’s $1 million event, before he battled on strongly to finish second.
Warwick said the gelding started to feel the pinch near the finish line.
“He really ran out of his skin,” Warwick told TABradio.
“It was a massive run but it was just the speed that was too hot in the end.
“He really lifted with the weight, but it was the last 50m he just got tired which I think he was entitled to.”
Material Man is now rated a $9 chance with TABtouch for the Kingston Town Classic, a race he finished a close second to Pounamu in last year.
WA Guineas winner Arcadia Queen heads up the Kingston Town Classic market at $4, ahead of Railway Stakes winner Galaxy Star, while Mackinnon Stakes winner Trap For Fools is a $5 chance.
Gatting finished second in yesterday’s Railway Stakes and is rated a $13 chance for the Kingston Town, with Damian Lane expected to retain the ride when he returns from suspension.
Warwick said she wasn’t deterred by the challenge presented by the Bob and Sandra Peters-owned Galaxy Star and Arcadia Queen.
When asked if she thought Material Man could turn the tables on Galaxy Star from yesterday, Warwick responded with a confident “yes”.
“He’s pulled up great, he’s fine and ready to go again,” she said.
“He can only improve off that.”
Warwick also finished third aboard Flirtini in the WA Guineas, with the Simon Miller-trained galloper rounding out a fillies trifecta in the Group 2 event.
Warwick said the filly may be suited being ridden quieter in future starts.
“1600 is as far as she wants,” she said.
“It suited her not being three-deep with no cover.
“She’s got a great turn-of-foot…it would be nice to see her sit back in more races and sprint home like we saw yesterday.”