Good Project ‘fit and well’ for Railway Stakes

Market mover Good Project is fit and well as he attempts to give champion trainer Chris Waller another Group 1 success in the $1m Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Super Saturday.

Trainer Chris Waller will have Good Project running for him in the Railway Stakes at Ascot. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Trainer Chris Waller will have Good Project running for him in the Railway Stakes at Ascot. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Waller has already trained nine Group 1 winners this season, his latest being Delectation in the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on the last day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival on November 7 as well as rscoring a runaway win in the Group 1 $3m Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 24.

The premiership winning trained has sent the improving Good Project to Perth to take on the Group 1 sprinters and the four year has pleased the stable since arriving in is new surroundings and has settled in well.

“He was out to have a short and sharp gallop and he worked well,” Waller’s racing manager Liam Prior told The West Australian.

“He has coped with the trip across and is eating up his food. He is fit and well.”

Good Project has come in for some early support in the betting since the final field for the Railway Stakes was released on Monday and has firmed in from $8.50 to $8.

Local glamour mare Delicacy heads the market order at $4.20 ahead of local hero Black Heart Bart and Real Love at $5.

Good Project has only raced in Group company on one occasion when seventh to Jabali in the Group 2 $400,000 Sky Racing Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Doomben during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

The Not A Single Doubt stallion is taking a huge step up in grade on his recent assignments but the stable must a high opinion of him.

Two starts back Good Project won a 1600m BenchMark 90 Handicap at Randwick on October 17 and then his only Melbourne Spring Carnival run resulted in a second to Malaguerra in a 1400m BenchMark 90 Handicap at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

Top Melbourne jockey Craig Williams will be having his first ride the Waller trained four year old who has drawn barrier twelve in the fifteen horse Railway Stakes field.

Even though the Grant Williams trained Delicacy has drawn the outside of the fifteen horse field, bookmakers at still have her at the top of the market order at $4.20.

Delicacy will be going into the tough 1600m Group 1 with only one run under her belt but she did prove her toughness last campaign with six wins on the trot, which included two Oaks victories and two Derby trophies.

The then three year old filly took out the Group 3 $250,000 Reliance Partners W.A. Oaks (2400m) and the Group 2 $400,000 Schweppes W.A.T.C Derby (2400m) both at Ascot in Perth with William Pike before heading to Adelaide.

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Peter Hall was then given the reins and Delicacy didn’t let her growing band of followers down with wins in the Group 1 $400,000 Schweppes Oaks (registered as Australasian Oaks) (2000m) and the Group 1 $500,000 South Australian Derby (2500m) both at Morphettville.

Railway Stakes market order at $4.20 Delicacy, $5 Black Heart Bart, Real Love, $8 Good Project, $11 Hazzabeel, Messene, $18 Wink And A Nod, $21 Balmont Girl, Fuchsia Bandana, $26 Battle Hero, $34 Mr Utopia, Special Delivery, $41 Tower Of Lonhro, $51 My Sister Lil, $81 Bass Strait.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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