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Last summer’s Railway Stakes winner Good Project is a confirmed runner in the Kingston Town Classic 2016 for Chris Waller in the last Group 1 of the year at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse on Saturday.
The Not A Single Doubt stallion relished the firm going at the track in November last year flying home for a two length win in the Railway Stakes over a mile.
He raced in W.A. for the first time since in this year’s Railway Stakes and was far from disgraced crossing second to the locally-trained winner Scales Of Justice on November 19.
Good Project didn’t back-up from his Railway victory last Perth Summer Racing Carnival, his Sydney-based trainer instead sending him for a freshen-up ahead of an autumn return.
Twelve months on and Waller has the $1 million Group 1 Peters Investments Kingston Town Classic (1800m) firmly in his sights with Good Project after the five-year-old overcame a mild setback.
The horse was found to be lame in his near-fore foot after a piece of trackwork at Ascot last Wednesday.
He’s since recovered and did enough in another recent gallop at the course for Waller’s racing manager Charlie Duckworth to confirm to The West Australian the horse would be running on Saturday.
“He galloped well on Saturday morning,” Duckworth said.
“There are no problems with him, so he’s all set to go.
“His run [in the Railway] was super and it hopefully enhanced his value [as a future stallion].”
Waller is set to accept for three horses in this season’s Kingston Town Classic field as he chases a second win in the race to add to that of Moriarty (2014) two years ago.
The stable’s other hopefuls are Mackintosh and Vanbrugh.
“The other two are ticking along nicely and are ready to go on Saturday,” Duckworth added.
Pins four-year-old Mackintosh ran fourth in the Railway Stakes last time out and is after his first win since a first-up victory at Rosehill in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) back in September.
Eight of the past 12 Kingston Town Classic winners had their final lead-up run in the Railway Stakes.
Vanbrugh takes on that form then, the four-year-old Encosta De Lago stallion last seen finishing sixth to Awesome Rock at Flemington on November 5 in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).
Hugh Bowman retains the ride on Good Project, while former Perth hoop Damien Oliver will shoot for a second Kingston Town Classic win this year on Mackintosh.
His previous victory was on Sniper’s Bullet back in 2009.
Ben Melham rides Vanbrugh.
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