Trading Day For Railway
There is a sharp change in plans ahead for the continually-improving Trading Day.
Connections had intended to set the four-year-old, a winner at six of 16 starts, for the Hannans Handicap in Kalgoorlie.
The goal is now the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 22.
Plans were revised following Trading Day’s super win under 58kg against high-class opposition in the Get Your Westspeed Nominations In Now Handicap (1200m) at Belmont Park on Saturday.
The win was Trading Day’s second from three starts this preparation. And he lost the other on a controversial protest.
Trainer Kevin Temple said Trading Day would have another one or two runs before being turned out and prepared for the Railway Stakes.
“It has been decided to forgo Kalgoorlie and aim at the Festival Of Perth Racing,” said Temple. “We’ll carefully map out a four or five run programme leading into the Railway.
“The idea will be to get him in on the minimum. It may well be the last time we get a chance to achieve this.”
Trading Day’s big win was the second leg of a double for the Alwyn Park Stud based Trade Fair.
Trade Down had scored an authoritative second-up win in Perth Racing Now On Facebook & Twitter Handicap (1400m).
Owner Rick Hart is hopeful Trade Down will improve further.
“He’s also getting better with each run,” said Hart. “But he tends to relax at the finish.
“He may be better suited in higher class races where the pace is on all the way.”