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Connections of the in-form Adelaide galloper Conservatorium are considering a trip to WA at the end of the year for the Perth Summer Racing Carnival where the 2013 Railway Stakes could be on the cards.
Gary Kennewell’s Royal Academy five-year-old has been on fire during their recent stint in the sunshine state targeting the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival riches and could now be set for a Group 1 target in November.
Conservatorium has been tested at elite level three times previously their best result being their close second to Platelet when defeated just half a length by Platelet in The Goodwood back in May.
That effort, an improvement on their sixth in the same race the previous year, Conservatorium was far from disgraced having overcome the extreme outside barrier 16 of 16.
On the back of the Goodwood they horse travelled to Brisbane where they embarked on a three-run assault.
The first was a very close second to Galah in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) just nose separating them and the winner, and them and a shot at the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap which they were subsequently balloted out of.
They snared a consolation prize for their owners next start however travelling to Ipswich where they scored an easy two length win over veteran galloper Meet George in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m).
Conservatorium backed up then just seven days later at Eagle Farm this Saturday gone where they carried the 60kg topweight in the Listed Open Mile (1600m) to finish a very brave second to Myer Classic hope Fire Up Fifi (56kg) with just a long neck between the two.
The Kennewell’s have confirmed Conservatorium will now enjoy a brief let up before returning later in the year.
Having stepped up to the mile for the first time over the weekend with their courageous run future options have been widened with Conservatorium now a real chance for the lucrative $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 23.
Before their big effort in the wet with the weight in the Open Mile, Kennewell was considering Conservatorium for the $500,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth on the same day as the Railway, a race they ran a good fifth behind Barakey too last year.
Also on track for the summer features in Perth is the fellow Kennewell-trained Rialya, winner of last year’s Adelaide Cup.
The talented Kempinsky five-year-old returned to the winners stall for the first time since their Adelaide Cup success over the two miles on Saturday when holding out Shenzhou Steeds to win the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m).
While their owner Luke Koumi is pushing for a 2013 Melbourne Cup campaign for Rialya, Lloyd Kennewell, son of Gary Kennewell, is leaning more towards a shot at the $400,000 Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) on New Year’s Day 2014 which he sees as a far more achievable option.
“Both horses look super,” Gary Kennewell said of Rilaya and Conservatorium.
“Perth looks a good carnival for Rialya now he is back in the zone.
“Conservatorium will only be able to have three to four weeks off because I want him back for two races on the last days of the Caulfield carnival.
“We’ll see how he does, but I think he is a real chance of running in the Railway.”
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