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Melbourne Cup-winning owner Lloyd Williams' return to Perth with Fawkner depends on whether a mystery WA buyer is successful in a bid to land the lightly-raced star.

Williams yesterday confirmed Fawkner, who continued his brilliant spring campaign with a close second to Happy Trails in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday, had pulled up in perfect order and was headed for the $1 million Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on Saturday week.

The Reset gelding had won his previous four races and had been targeted by the WA buyer, but the parties had been unable to agree on a price.

Williams has not raced in WA since his partnership with the late TJ Smith many years ago. But if the sale falls through with the buyer he wouldn't identify, he will join other big names in the sport, including Gai Waterhouse and the Darley and Patinack Farm stables, at the annual Festival of Perth Racing.

In-form pair Glen Boss and Kerrin McEvoy are also already confirmed visitors.

WA owner Craig Thompson was yesterday considering another big-name hoop to ride his strong team, including Hallowell Belle, who ran an eye-catching third in Saturday's Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m), Luke's Luck and King Saul.

"It's been our intention to take him over there, but we were approached yesterday by an owner from over there who was going to make an offer subject to today's run," Williams' son Nick said after Saturday's race.

"If that's suitable, we'll probably sell him over there, but we'll probably go anyway. I think he's perfect for the races over there."

Waterhouse has Hallowell Belle primed for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), but is yet to make a decision on whether to send Epsom Handicap winner Fat Al, who flopped in the Emirates on Saturday, to Perth for the Railway.

"I think Hallowell Belle's a knockout chance," Thompson said.

"Barakey, of course, is the local hope and I'd be delighted to see him win as a West Aussie. At this stage, he would be our main danger."

Darley trainer Peter Snowden said he would target the Winterbottom with Pinwheel, the Railway with Galah and the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) with Academus.

Patinack Farm trainer John Thompson was delighted with Shamardashing, the son of former star WA mare Beaux Art, over 1400m at Flemington on Saturday and will aim him at the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) on January 1.

Trainer Mike Moroney is also weighing up an assault on the Railway and the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) with four-times Group 1 winner Wall Street after his solid fifth in the Emirates.

Three-times Group 1 winner Yosei (Railway) and Spirit of Boom (Winterbottom) are also heading to WA for the gala meeting.

"It's been our intention to take him over there … I think he's perfect for the races over there."" *Nick Williams *on *Fawkner *heading to WA

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