Perth Hosts Last Group 1 Of 2014

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Gai Waterhouse chases success in the west with Pheidon. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au

Following a brave first up run in the west, Sydney stayer Moriarty is a firm favourite for the last Group 1 of the year - the $500,000 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday.

Chris Waller's seven-year-old gelding was less than a length behind Elite Belle when a fast finishing third in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at his initial outing in the west last Saturday. It was a great pointer for this race, and the son of Clodovil meets most of his rivals better at the weights in the WFA contest. There's no doubt local star Ellite Belle is again a real danger, but under this scale she goes up 3.5kg, compared to Moriarty's 2kg rise.

The Gai Waterhouse trained Pheidon certainly has the potential to win this race. After finishing sixth, less than two-lengths behind He's Your Man in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick, the four-year-old won a Open Handicap (2040m) at Moonee Valley, finished a close third in a minor event at the Flemington Carnival, before a last start second in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown beaten a half-head by Zabisco.

The other eastern state raider with claims to the winner's cheque of $300,000 is Wez Hunter's Smokin Joey . He was a good fourth in the Railway, but there's a niggling doubt over him getting 1800m.

Local three-year-olds, Rommel and Disposition , who recently fought out the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) provide the X-factor. They are drawn wide, but in nicely at the weights (52kg), and with all due respect, there are no genuine WFA superstars running Saturday.

Other features on the nine-event card include; Group 3s the A.J. Scahill Stakes (1400m), the Queen's Cup (2200m) and the Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) and Listed events such as the Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m) and the Aquanita Stakes (1800m). Click here for all TattsBet Horse Racing Tips.




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