Owner Bob Peters 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 enthusiastic 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 Perth Cup (2400m) winner Western Jewel.
He was a dominant force in Perth for original trainers Grant and Alana Williams, posting six consecutive stakes wins, including the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m), Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m), and Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m), before joining Danny O'Brien's Barwon Heads barn where he was fifth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) in spring.
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