Thereafter, the Perth summer carnival continues this weekend with a small but capable field of six runners set to face the starter in the Group 3 Scahill Stakes (Race 4) over 1400m.
Though they did taste success with Silverstream in last Saturday’s Jungle Dawn Classic, the training partnership of Grant & Alana Williams have endured a fairly barren time of it thus far so they’ll be hopeful Chocolate Holic can deliver them a feature win in this WFA event.
An impressive winner of the Carbine Club of WA Stakes here at his most recent start, Chocolate Holic will have William Pike back in the saddle for arguably the toughest test of his career but we like what we’ve seen from him and are expecting a prominent performance.
Daniel Morton has won this race in consecutive years with Watermans Bay and will be looking to make it three in a row with the only three-year-old runner, talented gelding Lusaha, who is on the seven-day backup after finally getting the better of Caipirinha in the Sir Ernest Lee Steere Classic.
Boxed in for a run for much of the straight, he only found clear running room in the final 150m but really hit the line hard and the 5kg weight advantage over the rest of the field makes him a legitimate contender for this.
With most of the state’s leading stables represented, Simon Miller’s First Among Equals was an eye-catching run in the Winterbottom and will surely have his admirers here.
The bay appears well suited at WFA level and is unlikely to be spotting them as much of a start this time, with the camp said to be very confident in his chances under Aaron Mitchell.
Vega Magic had every opportunity in the Winterbottom and we’ve got a big query about his ability to run out a strong 1400m so will be looking to oppose him come raceday.