Trainer Brett Pope announced feature event plans for Bayatorio after the three-year-old fought on tenaciously to win today's Perth Racing Ultimate VIP Raceday This June Handicap (1400m) at Belmont Park.
Pope said Bayatorio would contest the $100,000 WA Racehorse Owners' Association Belmont Guineas (1600m) on June 21 and his long term mission was Ascot's summer carnival.
Bayatorio, who started $4 favourite, settled in second postion for jockey William Pike and lifted near the finish to beat pacemaker Shilling ($8.50) by a head.
Happy With Kendel ($26) ran on from seventh near the home turn and finished a close third.
Pinjarra-based trainer Pope, 31, has this season become one of WA's best emerging trainers.
Bayatorio's tally in a seven-start career is three wins, three seconds and a third.
"He was restricted by shin soreness in early preparations," Pope said. "Bayotorio has raced five times in his current campaign and is at peak form.
"The horse is ready to step up from today's 1400 metres and will be at his best over the Guioneas' 1600 metres in two weeks.
"We'll then consider giving him a break, with a view to aiming for the summer carnival."
Four-year-old Trading Day bounced back from losing a protrest and decisively won today's Get Your Westspeed Nominations In Now Handicap (1200m).
The Trade Fair gelding was ridden by Sydney apprentice Luke Dittman when he was first across the line at Belmont last Saturday.
Stewards upheld a protest and promoted runner-up Cool Trade to first, saying Trading Day had caused inteference when hanging out.
William White, who rode Trading Day to win on May 17, was back in the saddle today
Trading Day, starting $3.40, raced prominently and battled on to win by a length from Fiddlers Elbow, with Thateldo in third place.
"Today's win is some compensation for last Saturday's big disappointment,": part-owner Wes White said.
"Trading Day has won city races at four his past five starts and his future looks bright."
Trainer Kevin Temple will set Trading Day for $130,000 Hannan's Handicap (1400m) at Kalgoorlie on September 17.
Temple took over Trading Day's preparation after the death last month of John Wilson, who was training the bay.
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