Registering exceptional form since transferring to the care of the leading Queensland-based trainer earlier this year, Tony Gollan is confident the pace likely set by classy miler The Cleaner will play directly into the strengths of Alma’s Fury in Saturday’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot.
A standout performer in his own right through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, The Cleaner has found the fore of the pack in each of his eight race starts this time in; a tactic highlighted most notably by impressive victories in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) and credible third in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) last time out.
Pleased with the condition of his runner this time in, Gollan told AAP he will instruct jockey Michael Rodd to find a position inside The Cleaner during the running of the Railway Stakes and is confident of a successful performance should that occur.
“At least you know there will be pace on,” Gollan said.
“Alma’s Fury also has some early pace and I hope The Cleaner breaks the field up and we can get over with some cover.
“We made the Railway Stakes the target for Alma’s Fury after he was beaten in the Rupert Clarke Stakes early in the spring. The race is his grand final.”
Claiming an impressive total of eight wins and a further 13 minor places from 52 competitive appearances on course so far, Alma’s Fury began his racing tenure under the guidance of trainer Paul Murray before transferring to Gollan’s care at the end of his autumn preparation.
Finding exceptional form over the 2014 Winter Carnival, the Refuse To Bend gelding ran seventh in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) first-up before claiming back-to-back race wins in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) and Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m).
Running a credible seventh in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) behind the likes of Chautauqua first-up this time in, Alma’s Fury was unable to match the late pace when a disappointing eleventh in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) on September 28th, but has found excellent form leading into the Railway Stakes in running fourth in the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) and second in the Group 3 Yellowglen Stakes (1400m) last time out; form which was franked when winner Hucklebuck took out the Emirates Stakes on November 8th.
Allocated the wide and awkward barrier 18, Alma’s Fury is yet to attract much attention in Railway Stakes betting markets and is currently available at generous odds of $13 for success or $3.60 to figure in the places with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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