Infamous galloper Tom Melbourne will be given another chance to try and land that elusive Group 1 victory in Saturday week’s Kingston Town Classic at Ascot in Perth.
The much-discussed seven-year-old finished top three for the sixth time in seven starts this preparation, including five runner-up finishes, when he was third in last Saturday’s $1 million Railway Stakes.
Managing owner Terry Henderson, a director of OTI Racing which races the Chris Waller-trained Tom Melbourne, said he couldn’t help but be pleased with the son of Dylan Thomas’ run in the Railway.
“He’s so competitive and puts himself in the race each time,” Henderson said.
“Certainly the inside of the track last Saturday wasn’t as favourable as the outside but having said that we had all the favours, we had the cover, we had the rail and we got a good run through at the right time but he was still half-a-length short.
“Perhaps he wasn’t able to get his momentum up and the horse in front had a relatively easy run which made it harder to pick him up which obviously showed but you can’t take anything away from the winner.”
Henderson said Tom Melbourne had come through the run well and would press on to the Kingston Town with Damien Oliver to ride the horse again.
“(Oliver) thought the horse was very genuine and that he relaxed well, which is always hard for Tom and he’s really looking forward to the Kingston Town,” he said.
“Obviously we meet Black Heart Bart 4kg worse off because of the weight-for-age conditions but most of the rest of the field we’ll be better off than so he deserves his crack at it.”
CrownBet have Tom Melbourne at $11 in the Kingston Town Classic behind Black Heart Bart, who heads their market at $3.80, with Doncaster Mile winner It’s Somewhat at $6, Scales Of Justice (unlikely to run) at $7 and WA Guineas winner Perfect Jewel at $9.- Racing.com