Group 1 Epsom Handicap winner Fat Al is rated a big chance of joining stablemate Hallowell Belle in Gai Waterhouse's raid on Super Saturday at Ascot.
Fat Al will be set for the Group 1 $1 million Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 24 if he performs well in tomorrow's Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
Waterhouse's racing manager Bruce Slade yesterday indicated the all-conquering stable was keen to head to Perth with Fat Al and Hallowell Belle, who tackles tomorrow's Patinack Farm Classic (1200m).
Hallowell Belle, raced by WA businessman Craig Thompson, is being set for the Group 1 $500,000 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on Super Saturday.
Four-year-old Fat Al has won six of his 10 starts and scored a brilliant all-the-way win in the Epsom (1600m) at Randwick last month.
"He's a very big chance to go to Perth," Slade said.
"Provided they both run well on Saturday, they'll both be there."
Fresh from victory in last Saturday's VRC Derby with Fiveandahalfstar, trainer Anthony Cummings is considering the Railway for Strike The Stars, and Winterbottom for Fontelina.
Strike The Stars is fourth emergency for the Emirates, but is also in a 1600m race at Flemington tomorrow.
Fontelina tackles the Patinack.
Queensland trainer Tony Gollan is keen to start either Temple Of Boom or Spirit Of Boom in the Winterbottom.
Gollan will make his decision on which of the half-brothers head to Perth after they clash in the Patinack.
"I feel both horses are hitting their peak," Gollan said.
Ace Melbourne jockey Glen Boss is booked to ride local sprinter Travinator in the Winterbottom.
- Ranger will start first-up in the Railway Stakes after breeder-owner Bob Peters opted not to accept with him for tomorrow's $200,000 WAROA Lee-Steere Stakes (1400m).Paul Harvey will replace Peter Knuckey on King Saul in the Lee-Steere. Knuckey will not ride this weekend after suffering a minor concussion in a fall at trackwork yesterday morning.
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