Great Again fol­lows Scales trail to Rail­way

The West Australian - - SPRING RACING - Jay Rooney

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

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