West On Augie with happy connections after winning the Puppy Classic, one of his many feature final victories.
National Sprint champion West On Augie runs into some of this nation’s best sprinters over the next few weeks but Trainer Chris Halse is confident his kennel star can come through with flying colours.
West On Augie is one of the major players heading into Saturday week’s Group 1 SKY Racing Perth Cup heats but before that he competes in the Fuller Fitness Perth Cup Prelude over the 520 metres at Cannington on Saturday night.
In what is a star-studded lineup with combined stakemoney earnings of more than $1.6 million, West On Augie will clash with Australian Cup winners Dyna Patty and Hecton Bale as well as gun Victorians Benali and Not Available and the ultra-consistent local Eighty Eight.
The son of Fernando Bale and Te Amo has been on a tear in recent times winning his last five starts prior to having a week off to freshen up last week.
“We have had the goal of having him peak for the Perth Cup series and so far everything is right on track.” Halse said.
“His recent form has been first class and the little freshen up has been ideal.” he added.
West On Augie will come from box seven in the Perth Cup Prelude with the aid of a vacant box on his direct inside and Halse doesn’t see the draw being a stumbling block.
“He has handled wide draws without too many issues in the past and I think he has won 2 of 3 when wearing the black vest.” Halse commented.
Halse views last week’s Australian Cup winner Dyna Patty as the clear threat.
“Dyna Patty was awesome in taking out the Australian Cup last week and she has the advantage of box one.” Halse said.
“If she handles the track at her first look and runs up to that effort from last Saturday night she will take a power of beating but if she doesn’t we will be right there to pounce.” Halse suggested.
Halse is also training the talented Victorian Not Available while it is in the west and the son of Barcia Bale was an eye-catching effort last week when flashing home for a close up fourth.
“He has settled in really well and he powered to the line last week after copping a few knocks in the run.” Halse offered.
“He is not quick early and he may well be spotting some good dogs a bit of a head start on Saturday but he is sure to be running home hard.” Halse concluded.
Another highlight of the program at Cannington on Saturday will be the Sign Strategy Galaxy Prelude over the 715 metres where Halse will be represented by West On Hawkeye and West On Tia.
“West On Hawkeye is the better of my two but Moment To Jive and Reidy’s Runner are both going really well and look likely to be fighting out the finish.” Halse said.
Of his other runners on the Saturday night program Halse offered up West On Bamboo as hard to beat.
“West On Bamboo had no peace in his run last week and is suited by the wide draw and the step up to 600 metres this week.” Halse said.
In what is marvellous news for the upcoming Galaxy series Superstar stayer Tornado Tears has arrived in WA and will trial between races on Saturday night in the buildup to Saturday weeks Group 1 heats.
A winner at 21 of his 31 starts, Tornado Tears has returned from injury in good order and is coming off an unlucky 4th in the recent Fanta Bale Stayers Series Final at the Meadows where he was charging to the line after suffering early interference.
It also appears likely that the excitement machine Poke The Bear will be headed west for a tilt at the Perth Cup.
The Seona Thompson trained son of Fernando Bale is one of the cult heroes of Australian chasing and he was most impressive in sizzling around over the 595 metres at Sandown overnight.
The flashy white speedster has won 36 of his 66 career starts and is one of my all-time favourite chasers.
Next Saturday night’s Group 1 SKY Racing Perth Cup and Galaxy Heats are shaping up as being nothing short of magnificent.
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