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Star, Bay take breather

Achernar Star and Galveston Bay won’t race again until the Karrakatta Plate (1200m), with connections of the duo preferring to trial them at Belmont Park next Monday.

The promising two-year-olds will be absent from Saturday’s Listed Perth Stakes (1100m), the traditional lead-up to the Karrakatta for colts and geldings.

Trainer Simon Miller will add blinkers to Achernar Star, who won his first two starts before running a close second to Lucy Mae in the Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) at Pinjarra last month.

“He’s already fit enough, so we don’t need to be giving him a hard run in the Perth Stakes when his grand final is two weeks later,” Miller said.

“He’ll cruise around in a trial next week with the shades on.”

Trainer Trevor Andrews ruled out backing up Galveston Bay in the Perth Stakes, despite him pulling up well from his impressive 11/2 length win over 1000m at Ascot on Saturday.

“He’ll have a good, solid trial over 1000 to keep him up to the mark,” Andrews said.

“That will suit him nicely and the 1200 in the Karrakatta will also suit him.

“He’s a lovely colt. He’s still a bit new, but he has good ability.”

Miller also confirmed apprentice Aaron Mitchell will retain the ride on unbeaten filly Seannie in Saturday’s Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m).

Mitchell guided Seannie to a first-up win in the Supremacy Stakes (1000m) last Saturday week. She is the $3.60 favourite for the Karrakatta on April 1.

“Aaron’s kept the ride which is a great result,” Miller said.

“Seannie has improved and the extra 100m should be right up her alley.”

Very Angry Gal will join stablemate Seannie in the Gimcrack. The impressive Ascot debut winner will be ridden by Peter Knuckey.

“She has improved from her only race start and should run a bold race first-up,” Miller said.

Miller also has feature race plans for Blackline, a maiden winner by nine lengths at Pinjarra last Thursday.

“She’ll go to the Breeders’ Classic at Bunbury on Sunday. She’s a good filly,” Miller said.

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