Newcastle trainer Paul Perry was eyeing a Stradbroke Handicap trial for Perast after his impressive front-running win in black-type company at Doomben on Saturday.
The three-year-old Snitzel colt claimed the listed Queensland Day Stakes (1350m) by 1 ¼ lengths as part of a winning treble for Central Coast jockey Tim Clark, who took out the feature Doomben 10,000 on English and group 3 Rough Habit Plate with Dark Dream.
Perry said on Saturday that the group 2 Queensland Guineas on June 9 looked ideal for Perast, which would stay for the Brisbane carnival.
However, he told the Herald on Sunday that getting into the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1350m), also on June 9, was a target. He said Perast would run again before the Doomben meeting.
“He could go to the Stradbroke,” Perry said. “We’ll just where he ends up. We’ll have a look at it after his next run.”
A group 3 winner in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, Perast is nominated for the $700,000 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) at Doomben on May 26 and the Stradbroke.
Perast ($5), unplaced in three Sydney autumn runs, set a cracking pace on Saturday before holding out the James Cummings-trained favourite Marsupial ($4).
It made a rare trip to Queensland worthwhile for Perry.
"I think the last time I was really here was when Newport won the Brisbane Cup (2007). I only bring them up here if I think they are good enough," Perry told AAP on Saturday. "This bloke ran a good race to win a Caulfield Guineas Prelude last spring and then he was fifth in the Caulfield Guineas. I think at set weights he probably had something on today's field.”
He told Sky Racing that he thought Perast "went a bit hard early in the race, and I think the sectionals said that. You wonder when they go that hard, can they keep it up? But he was a fit horse today and he’s had those few runs back, and once he settled and got past halfway, he looked good.
“I think that’s the best he’s been today and he should improve off that.”
Perry was also happy with the effort of Queensland Derby-bound Nothing Too Hard, which was sixth in the Rough Habit.
“It was a terrific run and he probably should have run a place,” he said.
The veteran trainer is also eyeing a Stradbroke start for stud-bound The Mission, which was 10th in the Doomben 10,000.
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees’ Le Romain was an impressive third, less than half a length from English, after a three-wide run without cover and was a $3.80 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds for the Kingsford Smith Cup.
Second favourite In Her Time, trained in Newcastle by Ben Smith, was ninth, putting a cloud over her Stradbroke campaign.
Jockey Corey Brown told stewards he felt the mare did not appreciate the racing surface, she was reluctant to stretch out and inclined to lay out in the straight. A post-race examination revealed she was slightly sore in both front fetlocks and had an elevated heart rate.
AAP reports: Jockey Tim Clark chartered a path that was supposedly a no-go zone to set English on the path to the $13 million The Everest with a win in the Group One Doomben 10,000.
Most jockeys had declared the inside of the Doomben track as the least preferable path, but Clark steered English ($11) up the inside to beat the fast-finishing Impending ($12) by a long head in the $700,000 race.
A brave Le Romain ($16) was a half neck back in third place, just in front of the favourite Redzel ($2.50).
English gave Clark his second Doomben 10,000 after winning on Hot Danish in 2010 and it was Gai Waterhouse and her training partner Adrian Bott's first win in the race.
Waterhouse's father Tommy Smith holds the record for the Doomben 10,000 training wins with six but she wasn't on course to see her first victory in the race.
Bott and Waterhouse have proved a lethal combination in recent years and it was their fourth Group One as a partnership which is in its second full season.
It completed a good two days for Waterhouse, Bott and Clark as they combined to win the Scone Cup on Friday with Sedanzer.
Bott said English had proved a strong part of their partnership's success.
"She won the All Aged Stakes for us and right from when she ran in the Golden Slipper she has performed well for us," Bott said.
"We were very confident today because she had done so well since the sixth in the TJ Smith in the autumn."
English took her prize money past $3.4 million but Bott is confident there is a lot more to come.
"She is entered for the Group One races here the Kingsford Smith, the Stradbroke and the Tatts Tiara. But we are also looking at getting her ready for The Everest in the Sydney spring," Bott said.
Clark rode English in her first barrier trial three years ago but hadn't been back on her in competition before the Doomben 10,000.
Clark said English had a dynamite turn of foot.
"I was able to get onto Redzel's back and she was really strong at the finish," Clark said.
Impending turned in an outstanding Stradbroke Handicap trial coming from well back.
Kerrin McEvoy said Redzel had run well and was beaten only a half length after being attacked in the lead.
"He gave a good kick in the straight but was beaten by a couple of better horses on the day," McEvoy said.