Gai Waterhouse, Peter Moody, Peter Snowden and Mark Kavanagh headline a list of gun interstate trainers to have shown interest in targeting Ascot's Super Saturday on November 24.
Top sprinter Buffering, the Waterhouse-trained and WA-owned Hallowell Belle and the Kavanagh-trained We're Gonna Rock are the strongest chances of heading to Perth this summer at this stage.
The likes of Moody, Darley head trainer Snowden, Patinack Farm and David Hayes have expressed strong interest.
Perth Racing officials held a promotional lunch for the Festival of Perth Racing in Melbourne last Friday and also met trainers in Sydney earlier in the week.
Trainer John O'Shea confirmed the Group 1 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) remains an option for star sprinter Sea Siren, who is owned by WA businessman Keith Biggs.
_The West Australian _reported in June that Biggs was interested in targeting the $500,000 sprint.
The Winterbottom is firmly on the radar for Buffering, Hallowell Belle and Howmuchdoyouloveme, a brilliant winner of the Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton in July. Spirit Of Boom and Adelaide sprinter Stirling Grove are also possible contenders.
Kavanagh is eyeing the $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) with We're Gonna Rock, who ran second to Black Caviar in The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville in May. Connections of last Saturday's Memsie Stakes (1400m) runner-up Happy Trails, boom Queensland horse Solzhenitsyn and Speediness could also target WA's richest race.
Perth Racing general manager of racing and vision Marty Young confirmed a charter plane was scheduled for November 13, flying from Sydney to Melbourne before arriving in Perth.
PR announced a flight incentive scheme in February, with eight return airfares on offer for horses that win or are placed in eight Group 1 races across the nation this year.
"I think we're in the best position we've been at this time of the year heading into a Festival of Perth Racing," Young said. "Obviously it all comes down to the last day at Flemington but Buffering, Hallowell Belle and We're Gonna Rock are the ones we've been working on.
"We've had interest from all the big guns - Darley, Patinack, Waterhouse, Moody, David Hayes and others.
"Rob Heathcote and Tony Gollan came down from Queensland for the lunch and they're looking at bringing Buffering and Spirit Of Boom across. Rob is also keen to bring a three-year-old over for the (WA) Guineas and Solzhenitsyn could be a nice Railway horse. And the Kavanaghs are coming for the Railway with We're Gonna Rock.""We've had interest from all the big guns - Darley, Patinack, Waterhouse, Moody, David Hayes and others."" PR general manager of racing and vision *Marty Young *
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