Owner Bob Peters confirmed first-up targets for Enticing Star and Galaxy Star after the Ascot carnival prospects trialled impressively at Lark Hill yesterday.
Galaxy Star settled third for William Pike in a 950m heat and ran on strongly to win by a long neck from Karrakatta Plate winner Valour Road in 56.55sec.
Earlier, Pike allowed Enticing Star to find her feet and she also worked to the line powerfully to finish third behind Great Shot in 55.86.
The Grant and Alana Williams-trained Galaxy Star, a winner at eight of 10 starts, resumes in the $150,000 Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on October 20.
“Galaxy Star trialled well and I think she’ll be suited by the Northerly’s conditions,” Peters said.
“She should come in reasonably good under its set weights and penalties.”
Galaxy Star will have options ahead of the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 24.
Lead-ups include the $150,000 Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) on November 3, the $250,000 Group 2 Lee-Steere Stakes (1400m) a week later and the $150,000 Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) on November 17.
Peters confirmed unbeaten mare Enticing Star would launch her campaign for trainer Adam Durrant in Saturday week’s $100,000 Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m) at Belmont Park.
“Enticing Star was unextended and we’re happy with her trial,” Peters said.
“She’ll face tough rivals such as Great Shot when she makes her stakes-race debut in the Birthday.
“I considered starting her in a 72 event, also over 1200m, on Saturday week, but she needs to get her ratings up before the good races.
Enticing Star’s main carnival mission is the $1 million Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on December 1.
Action, a brilliant last-start winner of the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m), pleased Peters when he ran on wide to finish fourth behind Galaxy Star yesterday.
“He’s come back really well,” Peters said.
“I think he’s a different horse this time in.”