Born To Excel, an impressive first-up winner at Ascot on Saturday, is under consideration to join a strong WA contingent campaigning interstate in the coming months.
Trainer Dan Morton is eyeing Melbourne autumn races with the regally-bred entire, who would join the likes of Luckygray, Barakey, Mr Moet and Darlington Abbey over east.
Luckygray and Barakey are likely to clash in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington in March, Mr Moet is being considered for a trip to Melbourne or Sydney and Darlington Abbey will be aimed at the Kewney Stakes at Flemington in March.
At his first start in almost seven months, Born To Excel made light work of the 60kg topweight to hold off the fast-finishing Beltane to score over 1200m on Saturday.
The four-year-old has built an imposing record of four wins and four placings from eight career starts.
His next run at Ascot will determine whether he warrants a trip interstate.
"Danny has done a good job with him, considering he had a wind op only a couple months ago," managing part-owner Ron Sayers said.
"He'll have another run before we decide whether he goes to Melbourne. We're hoping he puts it all together this prep."
Born To Excel was one of two Magic Millions Perth yearling sale toppers produced by Sayers' mare Born Priceless.
Sayers, who runs Gidgegannup-based Yarradale Stud, has high hopes for a Rock Of Gibraltar colt out of the same mare, which will be offered at next month's Perth yearling sale.
"In fact, he's a better type than Born To Excel," Sayers said.ĚThe $100,000 Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1400m) at Ascot next month is a possible target for Grey Cheval, who stretched her unbeaten streak to three at Ascot on Saturday.