Champion trainer Darren Weir is plotting a last-ditch Sandown mission in a bid to secure Fifty Stars a start in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 24.
Weir said he would encourage owner Gerry Ryan to send the Flemington carnival winner to the Group 2 Sandown Stakes (1500m) a week tomorrow.
He is currently an $8.50 second favourite for the Railway Stakes behind Galaxy Star ($4.65) despite not being qualified.
The four-year-old has won five of his seven starts and finished second in the other two. He was a strong winner over 1400m on Tuesday at Flemington.
“He may have to run at Sandown and then back up the next week, so it’s not ideal,” Weir said.
“But we want to take him and it will do him good, anyway.
“They’re not easy races to win, but he’s a beautiful, big, strong horse and pretty simple. Last time in, he was a bit of a fierce-going horse, so we concentrated on getting him to settle and now he’s a bit too relaxed.
“The Railway is a nice race for him, it’s just whether he’s up to it or not. I think he’s the right sort of horse.”
Weir confirmed Peaceful State and Iconoclasm would make the trip to Perth, but ruled outstablemates Land Of Plenty and Cliff’s Edge.
Flemington trainer Tony McEvoy said he was likely to resist the temptation of taking former Perth mare Cool Passion back to WA despite a courageous win at big odds over 1400m on Tuesday.
He was sceptical about her ability to run a strong 1600m, but was still hopeful of being represented strongly during the carnival, with last-start Group 1 runner-up Bring Me Roses shaping as his No.1 seed.
Meanwhile, Caulfield trainer Andrew Noblet indicated he was unlikely to send Super Cash to WA for the $1 million Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on December 1 after she floundered first-up yesterday.
The daughter of Written Tycoon ran 14th of 16 in the Listed Absolut Stakes (1000m).
Co-trainer Ben Hayes said he was still unsure which, if any, gallopers Lindsay Park would commit to a Perth raid.