Prize money attracts Star
Trainer Simon Miller says the $1million prize money on offer in the Kingston Town Classic (1800m) is the reason Achernar Star will line up at Ascot.
The three-year-old is up against the best, including multiple Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart as well as eastern Group 1 performer Tom Melbourne, but Miller says he is ready to take them on.
"I understand Black Heart Bart is there and it's going to be a hard race to win but there's a million-dollar race on offer on that day or there's a $100,000 race he's eligible for," Miller said.
"Off his Guineas run, it's hard not to run him."
Achernar Star has won three and finished second in four of his eight starts but Miller said he was unlucky not to add to his record in the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) time out.
"He couldn't get a crack them and he really only dashed up a couple of furlongs," Miller said. "It was a really good run and he was unlucky not to win it.
"He can hold a position forward but he was in the gates a long time and he didn't jump clean and we just got shuffled back. We didn't anticipate being that far back but they were the cards that we were dealt."
Craig Williams was aboard Achernar Star in the WA Guineas but Chris Parnham will take the ride on Saturday.
Black Heart Bart is 3.25 to win the Kingston Town Classic, with Tom Melbourne a 8.50 chance. Achernar Star trades at 8.50.
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