Neville Auld had an ominous warning for local trainers and jockeys when he reported that interstate raiders Fat Al and Hallowell Belle had thrived after their last runs at the Melbourne spring carnival.
Auld is the travelling foreman for the Tulloch Lodge stables of leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse, who is set to unleash a three-pronged attack on the Super Saturday meeting at Ascot next weekend.
Group 1 winner Fat Al spearheads Waterhouse's charge into Perth's richest day of racing, running in the $1 million Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m).
Hallowell Belle, owned by Perth businessman Craig Thompson, will clash with the unbeaten Barakey in the $500,000 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
The final member of the trio, Upon This Rock, will launch her WA campaign when she starts in the Jungle Mist Classic (1200m).
Auld said Fat Al was not suited when asked to carry equal topweight of 58kg when 12th to Happy Trails in last Saturday's Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington. The four-year-old won the Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick on October 6 at his previous run.
Hallowell Belle ran third to Mental and the Hong Kong-bound Sea Siren in the Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) on the same card.
Upon This Rock has finished in the money at 15 of her 26 starts and ran fourth to All Legal in a Listed 1300m cup at Hawkesbury on November 8.
"None of the three horses we brought over turned a hair on the trip," Auld said.
"The flight was very smooth and we are looking forward to good weather.
"Hallowell Belle went from Sydney down to Melbourne early and won the Gilgai Stakes before finishing fourth in the Manikato and third in the Patinack.
"She had come through her runs in good order. Fat Al has come through the Emirates very well.
"He did not get the best start and it was a big jump in weights. He is a very healthy and fit horse."
All of the coats of the 18 horses who landed yesterday afternoon on a charter flight from Melbourne were glowing and the gallopers seemed to have suffered no harm from the four-hour flight.
Mental's Darley stablemates Pinwheel and Academus, four-times Group 1 victor Wall Street, multiple Group 1 winner Yosei, Queens- land's Spirit Of Boom and Adelaide sprinter Conservatorium left the plane in top order.
Millionaire sprinter Pinwheel and Conservatorium will run in the Winterbottom. Yosei and Wall Street are headed for the Railway.
Academus will tackle WA's best three-year-olds in the $350,000 WA Guineas (1600m).
Patinack Farm had Shamardashing on the plane. He is being set for the Perth Cup (2400m) on New Year's day.
"None of the three horses we brought over turned a hair on the trip."" Gai Waterhouse's travelling foreman *Neville Auld *