He may have been outclassed at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day but Ascot-based Perth trainer Sean Casey is confident his galloper Disciple can improve in time for a 2014 Railway Stakes bid on November 22 should he gain a start.
One of the 71 original nominations taken for this year’s $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m), locally-trained God’s Own gelding Disciple is set to step up not only to elite level company for the first time on Saturday week but also to black-type company if he makes the field.
The 35-start veteran is as yet untested in stakes’ company having done the bulk of his racing with Sydney’s Chris Waller before a stable and state transfer to Casey’s care in Western Australia this month.
On the back of a close third to Monton in a 1500m Rosehill handicap on October 25, Disciple debuted for his new trainer at Flemington last weekend over the mile.
He failed to really feature however finishing three lengths away seventh behind the winner Saint Or Sinner in the 1600m handicap clash.
Still Casey hopes to make it to the Railway Stakes during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival with the hopes of improvement from his recent acquisition, and rated the run last Saturday better than it reads on paper.
“I was happy with the run, he got back further than he likes to, so given where he came from it was a good run,” he told Perth Racing.
“He is not a top shelf galloper from Melbourne, but he is certainly capable of performing well.”
Railway Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are currently led by Tasmanian-trained multiple Group 2 winner and Group 1 performer The Cleaner ($5.50).
He is followed by unlikely acceptor Lucky Hussler ($6), Grant Williams’ Prince Of Wales Stakes winning mare Elite Belle ($8) and Balmont Girl ($9) coming off a victory in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) from November 1.
Disciple meanwhile can be found further down the Railway Stakes odds at a current quote of $26.
With a current rating of 93 however Disciple is well in danger of missing out of a run in the Railway Stakes field.
As a back-up, Casey then will also nominate him for the $100,000 Listed Carbine Club of W.A. Stakes (1400m) at the same Super Saturday meeting.
“We have still got the option of the Carbine Club on the same day, we don’t expect him to get beyond 1600 metres,” he said.
For his last start Disciple was ridden by triple Melbourne Cup winning jockey Glen Boss.
Casey then hopes the champion hoop is in Perth for Railway Stakes Day to retain the ride.
After that the next race on the agenda for the galloper will be the $200,000 Group 3 A.J. Scahill Stakes (1400m) on Kingston Town Classic Day, back at Ascot Racecourse on December 6 where he will likely run into the Peter Moody-trained Group 1 winner Moment Of Change.
Moment Of Change also runs in Perth on Railway Day looking to improve on his second to Buffering from 12 months ago in the $750,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
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