Over in Western Australia, another star galloper is emerging.
Sent out the raging hot favourite in the Group I Railway Stakes, this year worth a cool Aus$1-million, the 4-year-old gelding El Presidente (Dante’s Fury-Cottage Rose, by Cheraw) came with a barn storming finish to swamp his opposition halfway down the straight to score in the one-mile affair at Ascot in Perth.
Ridden by Troy Turner for trainer Bruce Watkins in his first start over the distance, El Presidente made it four wins from four starts at Ascot in defeating rank outsider 7-year-old entry Hartley’s Dream (Bletchley Park-Prohurst, by Protos) by one length, with another long neck to fellow 4-year-old gelding Mansion House (Blackfriars-Princess Kariette, by Aurealis).
The impressive win took El Presidente’s record to nine wins (including the $125,000 group III R.J.Peters Stakes (1,500 meters) at Ascot and the group III Asian Beau Stakes over 1,400m at Ascot) plus two placings from 11 starts for Aus$921,365 earnings. He has started favourite in every one of his races.