Top Sydney jockey Corey Brown believes Hallowell Belle can bring an abrupt end to the unbeaten winning streak of boom WA sprinter Barakey in Saturday week's Group 1 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse yesterday confirmed Brown would ride the four-year-old, owned by Perth businessman Craig Thompson, in the $500,000 Ascot feature.
Waterhouse's No.1 rider Nash Rawiller gets a chance to win his second Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) when he takes over on Epsom Handicap winner Fat Al, who is the second topweight on 57kg under reigning champion Luckygray (58kg), in Saturday week's $1 million handicap.
Rawiller rode Sniper's Bullet for NSW trainer Tracey Bartley to win the 2009 Railway Stakes.
Hallowell Belle received a Perth Racing invitation to run in the Winterbottom when she finished third to Master Of Design in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in April this year.
The Starcraft four-year-old won the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington last month before finishing fourth to the Hong Kong-bound Sea Siren in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley three weeks later, and last Saturday finished third behind Mental and Sea Siren in the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington.
"It is always good to be riding in a race like that (Winterbottom)," Brown said.
"She raced really well on Saturday and looks a good ride.
"She has the goods to suggest she could knock off Barakey with her placings in Group 1 company."
Brown's only ride on Hallowell Belle was at her first start for Waterhouse after she was transferred from Melbourne trainer Peter Moody, finishing third to Sea Siren in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm last February.
Player has Hallowell Belle on the third line of betting at $5 behind Colonel Reeves Stakes winner Barakey, who has been backed into $2.45 to claim an 11th consecutive victory, and Travinator ($4.50).
Fat Al is quoted at $15 in the Railway behind the favourite Luckygray ($4) and last week's Emirates Stakes runner-up Fawkner ($5.50).
Big-name hoop Glen Boss has been confirmed as the rider of tough mare Rosie Rocket in the Railway.
Bunbury-trained sprinters Maschino and Kerrific will be looking for a direct berth into the Railway when they run in Saturday's $125,000 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m).
Maschino, drawn gate seven, and Kerrific (2) fought out the minor placings behind Westriver Kevydonn in last Saturday week's Asian Beau Stakes (1400m), after finishing third and second respectively to King Saul in the Northerly Stakes (1400m) on October 20.
"She raced really well on Saturday and looks a good ride she could knock off Barakey."" *Corey Brown *talking about *Hallowell Belle *