Western Empire vying for All-Star Mile berth

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will make his claim for a berth in the A$5 million (1600m) when he lines-up in the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Owner is aiming three of his horses for the rich feature, including 2020 victor Regal Power, but he is leaning towards New Zealand-bred Western Empire as his main chance.

“I am leaning towards him (in The All-Star Mile), but we'll see how he goes in this,” Peters told Racing.com.

“There are a couple of others I am thinking about entering. Regal Power and Superstorm. We'll work it out as we go along.”

Peters isn't overly about Western Empire's chances over 1200m on Saturday, a distance well short of his best.

“He was disappointing in the spring but, he's doing everything we've asked of him,” Peters said of the John Leek-trained five-year-old.

“This will give us a good guide on how he's going.”

Bred and raced by the Peters, Western Empire is by former Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Iffraaj and is out of Group 2 (2400m) winner Western Jewel.

He was a dominant force in Perth for original trainers Grant and , posting six consecutive stakes wins, including the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m), Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m), and (1600m), before joining 's Barwon Heads barn where he was fifth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Stakes (1600m) in spring.
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