Railway Stakes winner Great Shot trialled stylishly at Lark Hill yesterday ahead of a return to racing in Belmont Park’s $100,000 Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m).
The Rhys Radford-trained gelding, with regular jockey Craig Staples aboard, was not extended when he led and clocked 55.69sec. in a 950m heat.
“He’s feeling really well,” Staples said. “I didn’t ask him for much and he travelled easily.”
Part-owner Frank Edwards said Great Shot, who narrowly won last year’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) from Black Heart Bart, would tackle the Birthday Stakes first-up on October 6.
“He’ll trial again before the opening race of his campaign,” Edwards said. “We couldn’t be happier with his progress and it’s all systems go as he heads to the Railway again.”
Great Shot, seeking to be the first winner of consecutive Railways since Tudor Mak (1966-67), could start second-up in the $150,000 Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on October 20.
He is likely to contest the $250,000 Group 2 Lee-Steere Stakes (1400m) on November 10, two weeks before the $1 million Railway.
Meanwhile, the Simon Miller-trained Marcee A Lady impressed when she won a 400m two-year-old trial from stablemate Niccovi yesterday.
Miller said the fillies would be entered in this season’s first Perth juvenile race, the Initial Plate (1000m) on October 6.
Marcee A Lady, by first-season sire Safeguard, is a half-sister to Miller’s Karrakatta Plate and WA Sires’ Produce Stakes runner-up Lady Cosmology.
Safeguard also sired Miss West Coast, a Belmont trial winner last week for trainer Trevor Andrews. Hall Of Fame jockey Paul Harvey, who fractured ribs at Belmont on July 21, resumed riding at yesterday’s trials.
“I plan to take race mounts from Wednesday of next week,” Harvey said.
Trainer Vaughn Sigley said Friaresque pulled up well after he struck interference and was an unplaced favourite in Sunday’s Coolgardie Cup (1760m) at Kalgoorlie.
“He’ll be freshened to tackle the Hannan’s Handicap in three weeks,” Sigley said.
False Statement, trained by Tiarnna Robertson, has tested positive to prohibited substance clenbuterol after winning on June 27 at Belmont.
Stewards will open an inquiry on September 21.