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Jockey Joe Bowditch returns to WA on Saturday hoping to cause another upset aboard Conservatorium in the $500,000 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

Bowditch was one of three guest interstate jockeys riding at September's annual Kalgoorlie round, scoring a shock win on $65 roughie Perignon Don in the eighth race on Kalgoorlie Cup day.

Conservatorium was one of two SA horses originally set for Perth Racing's Super Saturday.

The other, Eclair Surprise, ridden by Dominic Tourneur, won his third straight stakes race on the weekend in the Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown.

The Blackfriars gelding was sold for $65,000 at the 2009 Perth Magic Millions Yearling sales and will be prepared by trainer Phillip Stokes for next May's Singapore Gold Cup.

Player opened Conservatorium at $61 behind WA's pin-up sprinter Barakey at $2.45, but he has been backed into $41.

Trainer Gary Kennewell brought Conservatorium to Perth to provide WA owners Emilio and Michele Guagliardo with a unique chance to watch him run at Ascot.

Last year, Kennewell thought Conservatorium was worth running in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.

"Emilio is very happy to have the horse here," Kennewell said.

"The horse showed he was back on track when he carried 62kg and just got nailed last start. It was a big turnaround.

"Twelve months ago, he was racing so well we were thinking of the Newmarket or a race as good as the Winterbottom.

"We found he had an issue in his rump and since we have fixed it he has bounced back into his old self."

The son of Royal Academy arrived safely in Perth last Friday.

"I thought he would have lost a bit of weight but he came through it super," Kennewell said.

"Steven Parnham gave him a trot and a canter on Saturday morning and he was perfect."

Bowditch will also feature in the Railway Stakes after picking up the ride on Lords Ransom.

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