Lindsey Smith may have to rethink a Perth Cup assignment for Too Close The Sun for the best possible reason.
The 2400-metre Perth Cup on January 2 is the main goal for the Warrnambool Cup winner but that could change because of his potential handicap if he was to win the group 1 $1 million Railway Stakes at Ascot.
‘’He looked pretty good here yesterday and he’s pulled up well so we’ll go again next week in the Railway,’’ Smith said on Sunday.
‘’It (victory) might interfere with the Perth Cup but that’ll be all right.’’
Too Close The Sun firmed into $8 with Sportsbet for next Saturday’s group 1 following his dominant victory on Saturday in the 1800-metre Ascot Gold Cup.
The Railway favourites are the local mares Inspirational Girl ($3.20) and Kay Cee ($4.60).
Smith said Too Close The Sun has continued to mature since his Warrnambool Cup triumph in May and would be sent back to Melbourne in the autumn for some of the bigger races after what looms as his final Perth carnival.
‘’Next Saturday looks a pretty good race for him with that weight (53kgs) and the fact he camps on speed and makes his own luck,’’ Smith said.
‘’Plus, with the restrictions this year and not many eastern state horses here, it might just be the right year to go for a race like that.’’
Smith has twice won the Railway with Old Comrade in 2001 and with Scales of Justice in 2016.