The Darren Weir trained Ulmann will have a gear change and a new rider when he lines up in the Group 3 $250,000 Seacorp-A.J. Scahill Stakes (1400m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday.
Brad Rawiller takes over the reins from Damian Lane on Ulmann who will also have the blinkers back on as well as the addition of a tongue tie.
Stable representative Jarrod McLean who is in Perth looking after Weir’s team, said that Ulmann has pulled up well after his eighth to Great Shot in the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 25.
“He’s done extra well since the Railway,” McLean told The West Australian.
“He finished just over two lengths from the Railway winner.”
“Brad’s run second on him over 1400m at Caulfield.”
“This is Brad’s chance to get some compensation for bad luck on Black Heart Bart.”
Rawiller is looking for a change of luck over the Perth Summer Carnival after being knocked out of contention on the stable’s flag bearer Black Heart Bart following some early interference in the Group 1 $1m Magic Millions-Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot last Saturday.
Black Heart Bart was sent out as the $3.20 favourite but was never in the race after the early scrimmage and finished five and a quarter lengths behind Pounamu in ninth position.
Ulmann is a five times winner over 1400m and McLean said the drop back from 1600m to his favourite winning distance in the A.J. Scahill Stakes will be in his favour.
“Ulmann’s won four Melbourne races over 1400m and will be suited by Saturday’s distance,” McLean said.
Ulman has drawn barrier eight in the nine horse A.J. Scahill Stakes field and shares the second line of betting at $4.40 with local sprinter State Solicitor at Ladbrokes.com.au behind the $3.30 favourite Variation.