Damien Oliver can land one more Group 1 win this year after a last-minute booking to ride Trap For Fools in the 1800m Kingston Town Classic at Ascot on Saturday.
Trap For Fools’ trainer Jarrod McLean was told on Monday that John Allen, who rode the gelding to win the Mackinnon Stakes last month, would partner Kiwia in Saturday’s Pakenham Cup for Darren Weir.
That sparked a frantic search for a new jockey.
Dean Yendall was in contention, then Perth hoop Mitchell Pateman was booked, but when it became clear Oliver was available, he was given the mount.
McLean said Oliver had spoken to Trap For Fools’ owner Geoff Evans to ask whether the ride was available.
Oliver had been planning to ride at Pakenham but instead will chase more Group 1 glory, after winning the $1 million Winterbottom Stakes on Voodoo Lad at Ascot on Saturday.
McLean was going to spell Trap For Fools after the Mackinnon but his owner wanted a shot at the Kingston Town.
McLean said initially he thought the Group 1 might be a soft option for Trap For Fools, but he’s reassessed after the wins of the Bob Peters-owned Arcadia Queen and Galaxy Star at Ascot 10 days ago.
Arcadia Queen took her record to four wins from five starts when she saluted in the Western Australia Guineas and Galaxy Star improved his record to 10 wins from 13 starts, landing the Railway Stakes.
“That’s made it a completely different race. They are two top-class horses and the filly, Arcadia Queen, could be a star,” McLean said.
“Willie Pike rode them both and he’s selected the filly. I remember a couple of years ago Perfect Reflection won both of those races.”
McLean said Trap For Fools had a little back niggle but had recovered.
“Lindsey (Smith) got the muscle man in and it’s all fine now,” he said.
McLean said Holy Snow has been cleared to run in the Kingston Town after he jumped successfully in a barrier trial yesterday.
Holy Snow and Iconoclasm will be Darren Weir’s two starters in Saturday’s feature.
Published by Micheal Manley, 3 December 2018 on news.com.au