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Scahill Stakes Plans For Ascot Failures

The Darren Weir-trained Ulmann will stay in Perth for the G3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday week.
State Solicitor, the unplaced favourite in last Saturday’s $1 million Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot, will also be given his chance in the Scahill Stakes.
Ulmann finished eighth in the G1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 25 and was entered for Saturday’s Kingston Town Classic (1800m) where Weir will be represented by Black Heart Bart.
Weir said the Scahill Stakes will be an easier assignment for Ullman.
“No race is easy to win but that race will be easier than the Kingston Town,” Weir said.
“His run in the Railway was a pass mark.”
The Bob Peters-owned State Solicitor finished eighth in the Winterbottom Stakes after he was held up for a clear run.
“He pulled up all right and at some stage we’ve got to try him over 1400 metres,”Peters said of his SCahill Stakes plans for State Solicitor.
Weir said Black Heart Bart had done well at the Perth stable of Lindsay Smith since his Railway Stakes second to Great Shot.
“Bart’s good. He as settled in to the routine and it’s just what he needed,” Weir said.
“He’s heading into the race in good shape.”
Popular Perth jockey Peter Hall will be sidelined for up to a month after breaking a toe in an incident at Ascot last Saturday.
Hall was injured when he was dislodged by Count Kala behind the barriers before the Regional Championship.
He was taken to hospital after Count Kala stepped on his foot.
Hall is aiming to be back to ride in the Perth Cup on January 1.

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