BULLSBROOK trainer Sean Casey plans to start Stocks in a 2100m race at Belmont in three weeks then freshen him up before the Goldfields race round.
Stocks has had one win and one second place so far this preparation.
The Exceed and Excel and Mesh gelding won the It Just has to be Vert de Grece Handicap (1600m) at Belmont on Saturday, July 8 after finishing second in a (1600m) race at Belmont on June 24.
In his past two starts Stocks, who on July 8 wore a nasal strip designed to give a horse better air flow, has been ridden by apprentice jockey Fred Kersley.
On Saturday Stocks carried 58kg and started from barrier 10.
In the same race Gangbuster carrying 54kg and with Perth’s leading jockey William Pike on board jumped from barrier seven.
The Blackfriars and Oopsy Doopsy gelding, who is trained by Trevor Andrews of Henley Brook, finished in sixth place.
On Wednesday Casey said after he was freshened up he was keen to take Stocks to the Coolgardie Cup (1760m) on Sunday, September 3 and the Boulder Cup (2100m) on Sunday, September 17 and then maybe the Hannan’s Handicap on Wednesday, September 20.
By Anita McInnes