Great Again follows Scales trail to Railway
In-form galloper Great Again will follow the same path as stablemate Scales Of Justice in a bid to qualify for the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot.
Trainer Lindsey Smith and owner-breeder Geoff Evans are keen to set Great Again, winner of his past five starts, for the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) on November 17.
The winner of the Peters gains an automatic start in the $1 million Railway a week later.
Scales Of Justice won the Peters-Railway double in 2016.
Great Again continued his hot form with a strong win over 1400m at Belmont Park on Saturday.
“If he keeps poking along, I’ll set him maybe for my favourite race, the RJ Peters,” Smith said.
“If he ran first or second and got in (the Railway) ... so be it.”
Evans said Free At Last, the dam of Great Again, was due to deliver a Pierro foal in the coming weeks. She will again be served by Pierro.
Evans is enjoying a purple patch with Great Again and Trap For Fools, who has won his past two starts at Moonee Valley.
Smith is also weighing up a tilt at the Listed Hannan’s Handicap (1400m) at Kalgoorlie on October 3 for Great Again and Reykjavik.
“I haven’t had much luck in the Hannan’s, but you have to keep trying,” Smith said.
“It all depends what gate they draw. Reykjavik will go to the Kambalda Cup next week and if he handles the track, he’ll go in the Hannan’s. Great Again will handle anything.”
The winner of the Kambalda Cup (1400m), run at Kalgoorlie on Sunday, is exempt from the Hannan’s ballot.
Reykjavik won at Belmont last month and ran a close second to Nelson’s Flight at the same track last start.
Meanwhile, quality mare Dainty Tess is on track to launch her Ascot carnival campaign in the Listed RS Crawford Stakes (1000m) on October 20.
The Crawford was moved to Ascot’s opening-day meeting after drawing small fields in recent years.
Trainer Dan Morton will also have Saturday’s Farnley Stakes winner, Man Booker, in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) on October 20.
Pounamu will continue his Melbourne campaign despite running a distant last in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday. He pulled up well despite copping interference.
“If he keeps poking along, I’ll set him maybe for my favourite race, the RJ Peters.” Great Again’s trainer Lindsey Smith