Jarrad Noske will adopt a strict diet and exercise regime this week in his mission to ride Maschino on the 53kg minimum in Saturday's $1 million Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot.
Noske, who rode world champion Black Caviar to her first two wins in Melbourne in 2009, had a day out on Saturday, posting his first metropolitan hat-trick as a senior rider.
It was highlighted by the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) victory aboard Maschino that assured the beautifully-bred entire a start in the Group 1 feature.
Former Victorian sprinter Niblick gave champion stallion Encosta De Lago a Peters quinella and moved him to the brink of Railway inclusion.
The final declarations for the Railway, Winterbottom Stakes and WA Guineas close at noon today.
Noske has battled injury and weight problems to ride at 54kg, but must shed another 1kg to ride Maschino at his allotted weight and give himself his first "live" chance in the Railway.
The 20-year-old had his first ride in a Group 1 in last year's Railway when he rode $101 outsider Mega Steel to finish 11th.
Noske still retains close ties to former heavyweight jockey and now apprentice master John Claite and is a regular at the gym.
Noske also has the help of his father Jeff, who returned from career-threatening injury and battled increasing weight to win a WATC Derby and the Kalgoorlie cups treble in a decorated career.
"I've been watching my weight for a long time and keep fit and healthy anyway," Noske said.
"I am just going to have to work a little harder but I don't see any problems.
"John keeps in regular contact and dad is always here if I need him.
"I am rapt to have my first live chance in a Group 1.
"He is a pretty good horse."
Punters backed Maschino from $17 on Friday into $9.50 yesterday.
Owner Emile Pannosian is excited at the prospect of having his first Railway starter in Niblick, who he bought for $200,000 at owner Lloyd Williams' dispersal sale earlier this year.
Niblick was 21st on the order of entry into the Railway before Saturday's Peters Stakes, but with his second and the attrition of higher-rated horses, he is a strong chance to be included into the final field.
With Peters Stakes jockey Shaun O'Donnell to ride the $3.20 favourite Luckygray, Shaun McGruddy is a top chance to rejoin the gelding on 53kg in the Railway.
Niblick, a $51 hope, gives trainer Trevor Andrews another string to his bow, with Northerly Stakes winner King Saul ($21) to be ridden by top Sydney jockey Corey Brown.
Andrews won the Railway- Kingston Town Classic double with Modem in 2004.
Money continued to flow for Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse to win her first Railway with Epsom handicap winner Fat Al backed from $13 into $11, while strong support came for the Mike Moroney-trained Wall Street, shortening from $10 into $8.
- RAILWAY STAKES *
_PLAYER MARKET _
$3.20 Luckygray; $5.50 Ranger; $8 Wall Street; $9.50 Maschino; $10 Luke's Luck; $11 Fat Al; $16 Yosei; $20 Playing God; $21 King Saul; upwards others.