Trainer Stephen Miller is confident he has exciting galloper Saintorio primed to get back to his best this campaign, which begins in Saturday’s Listed Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.
The 2022 Lee Steere Classic (1400m) winner was unplaced in the Raconteur Stakes (1400m) and Belmont Guineas (1600m) in his most recent campaign.
The son of Oratorio produced an encouraging trial performance over 950m behind Red Fifty Three at Lark Hill earlier this month in preparation for his return on Saturday.
Miller said he Saintorio may have felt the effects of a busy three-year-old season in his two most recent starts.
“He went well in the trial and he pulled up well from it,” Miller told The Races WA.
“He did a fair bit of racing as a three-year-old and I think it caught up with him.
“He’s had a good spell and it seems like he’s willing to do it again.”
Saturday’s $125,000 event was blown wide open when last start Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m) winner Wild Belle wasn’t among the nominations.
Gemma’s Son, Real Danger and Hint Of Mint, who finished second, third and fourth respectively in the Miss Andretti Stakes, headline this Saturday’s feature.
Boxing Day Dash (1300m) winner Man Crush is also set to line up this week, as does the talented pair Rokanori and My Bella Mae.
Saintorio, to be ridden by Shaun McGruddy, will start from barrier 11 in the 12-horse field and Miller said he was looking forward to getting a good guide on how his stable star was faring.
“He will probably need the run on Saturday,” he said.
“If he ran in the top five or six I would be stoked.
“The plan is to head to the Pinjarra Classic and Bunbury Stakes.
“The 1300 and 1400 are better options for him.”
Miller said Saintorio could be aimed towards feature races in the TABtouch-Pinnacles later this year if he performed well this campaign.
Meanwhile, last Wednesday’s Pinjarra two-year-old winner Brazen Bid will line up for Miller in Saturday’s Magic Millions Plate (1100m).
Miller said he was happy with the son of Brazen Beau, but conceded starting from the outside barrier would make it tough.
“He came through the run last week well, it’s just a sticky draw.
“I think the 1100 will suit him this week, but I think he’s more of a 1200-1400 horse.
“He will go on a path to the better races and hopefully he can show what he’s got.”
Another of Miller’s stable stars Magnificent Andy, who won on the final day of last year’s Pinnacles, is still spelling and will likely return to work in the coming weeks.