Co-trainer Dion Luciani is delighted Jason Whiting has chosen to ride Amelias Dancer first-up in the Chaff City Pinjarra Classic (1500m) on Wednesday.
Whiting had the pick of several rides, including Vermeer, who ran a blazing third to Pinjarra Classic foes Pin Rouge and In Faith in the Bunbury Stakes (1400m) on March 10.
The three-times Perth Cup-winning jockey has ridden Amelias Dancer at 20 of his 23 starts and rode him to his career-best win in last year's Coolgardie Cup (1600m).
Amelias Dancer finished sixth to Pop Culture in the Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) at his last start on November 10.
Luciani, who trains in partnership with his father Lou, said the long-range goal for Amelias Dancer was to return to the Goldfields in the spring.
Amelias Dancer enters the $80,000 Listed feature having drawn gate four and with 55.5kg.
The six-year-old did most of his preparation at Amelia Park Estate in Vasse before arriving at the Ascot stable three weeks ago.
"He is going as good as he ever has," Luciani said.
"He is running here at a more realistic distance first-up, so the 1500m should work well and he is unbeaten at his three starts at Pinjarra.
"We are really pleased to have Jason on board."·Daniel Staeck and Helen Harding combined to win yesterday's Mount Barker Cup (2000m) with Imperial Command.
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