Chocolate heading West for Railway
Dual Group winner German Chocolate is being aimed towards next month’s $1 million Railway Stakes in Western Australia.
Trainer Paul Cave, who enjoyed success in the west with Respect who won last year’s Perth Cup, said the Group One Railway (1600m) at Ascot on November 22 would be German Chocolate’s main target this campaign.
“We’ll take him to Melbourne after this and then it’s off to Western Australia for the Railway, that’s his main goal at this stage,” Cave said.
The son of Kenny’s Best Pal was an acceptor for last Saturday’s Group Two The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick but was a late scratching because of heavy rain on race day which resulted in the track being downgraded to slow.
Three-kilo claiming apprentice Nathan Berry will ride German Chocolate who jumps from barrier 14 at Rosehill.
“It’s always shocking drawing the widest barrier and he’ll need a few things to go his way but the horse is in very good order and ready for Saturday,” Cave said.
“The only thing that would stop him running on the weekend is more rain but the forecast is looking good so fingers crossed.”
German Chocolate had no luck at his last outing when he was blocked for a run when finishing a close third to My Vegas in the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on September 20.
“He hasn’t had a lot of luck lately with the rain and not getting that run last time out but he continues to please and maybe we’ll get some luck on Saturday, he is due,” Cave said.
The Starlight was German Chocolate’s first run since he finished ninth to Mr Baritone in the Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm in June.
German Chocolate was unplaced on a heavy track in the Doncaster Handicap (1600m) won by Triple Honour before his sound sixth to Racing To Win in the All-Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick during the autumn.
The six-year-old scored his two biggest wins in August last year at Rosehill, in the Group Two Premiere Stakes (1200m) two weeks after claiming the Group Three Missile Stakes (1100m).
By Russell Jackson