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Cranbourne horseman Richard Laming is hoping to gain a late flight to W.A. for his Eclipse Stakes winning mare Payroll to contest the Kingston Town Classic 2017 in Perth on December 9.
A host of eastern-state raiders made the trip from Melbourne to W.A. on Sunday evening, including nine contesting this Saturday’s Group 1 $1 million Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot Racecourse.
Following a gutsy win in the Group 3 $150,000 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Ladbrokes Park last Saturday, Laming’s Not A Single Doubt mare Payroll was not quite 100% for that flight.
Plans to possibly back her up in the weight-for-age Group 1 $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in a fortnight now depend on the availability of a smaller charter plane to Perth in time.
“There isn’t any scheduled flights just for horses between now and when we would need to travel so we are waiting to hear if we can get a pallet,” Laming told Racing Victoria on Monday.
“If we can find a spot that would have us in Perth on the Monday or Tuesday before she is due to race, that would be great but it is really out of our hands.”
Plan B for Payroll is to remain in Victoria and contest the Listed $250,000 Pakenham Cup (2500m) on the same day as the Kingston Town Classic, the honest mare having felt the effects of the tough Eclipse Stakes victory over Kidmenever (2nd) and Jacquinot Bay (3rd).
“She knew she had a tough run, she puts a lot into her races so it wasn’t surprising to see her pull up the way she did,” Laming said.
“We will give her an easy week, just take her down to the beach and then look at Perth if we can get a flight, if not she can run at Pakenham in the Cup.”
The Eclipse Stakes win on Zipping Classic Day came on the back of two good Flemington spring placings by Payroll who was third in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) and second in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m).
Last summer the mare contested the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy (2200m) at the Gold Coast in January running just a length third to Stratum Star as a $17 shot.
The 2018 Magic Millions Carnival calls for her again early next year, Laming confident she can go a few better in the same million dollar Restricted feature.
“There is no Stratum Star around this year and the race is worth very good money so we are planning to head back for sure,” he said.
“She has taken a long time to mature but we feel she is has now developed.
“That is why we’ve had a light spring, spaced her runs because the Gold Coast has always been in the back of our minds and I didn’t want to rush her during the spring.”
Payroll is currently listed as a $51 outsider to make it to Perth and win the Kingston Town Classic, odds on the upcoming feature currently led by Black Heart Bart ($5) and Scales Of Justice ($5) who do battle in this weekend’s Railway Stakes.
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