The withdrawals of Black Caviar and Barakey from the $500,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on November 19 has enticed veteran trainer Allen McNamara‘s to switch paths with Kid Choisir.
The five-year-old gelding was being prepared for the $1m Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on the same day but will be kept to the more familiar sprinting trips.
The new plans will force a jockey change with Paul Harvey replacing Jason Whiting.
Whiting had been booked on All Friared Up in the Winterbottom giving a former union a chance of more success.
Harvey had been aboard Kid Choisir in five of his seven wins.
Whiting rode Kid Choisir at his two starts after an 11 week break this spring.
It ran on strongly when fifth in the Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) on October 22 but was a little one paced when stepping up to 1400m in last Saturday’s Lee-Steere Stakes (1400m) when sixth to Ranger.
Kid Choisir would have been venturing into new territory had he stepped up to 1600m in the Railway.
McNamara, 70, was not disappointed with Kid Choisir’s last start.
“He always goes best down the outside,” McNamara said.
“The worst thing for him was to draw two and get caught up on the inside.
“I would have preferred six or seven and he have space, he is like me – he doesn’t like crowds.”
TABsportsbet have the galloper a $12 chance to take out the Winterbottom.
Sydney gallopers Ortensia ($2.20) and Rarified ($6) head the betting.
Kid Choisir is owned by Les Andrews, a long-time friend of McNamara.
The pair shared 14 consecutive wins with Stylish Lord in the late 1980s to create a West Australian record that still stands today.
Harvey will ride Waratah’s Secret in the Railway.