Father-and-son trainers Sean and Jake Casey have not given up hope of contesting the $5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) at The Valley on March 13 with a top three finish in the Australian Guineas (1600m) likely to secure Dom To Shoot a start, if history is a guide.
Mystic Journey , Hawkshot and Amphitrite, the three placegetters in the Guineas of 2019, all run in the All-Star Mile while Alligator Blood and Superstorm, one-two last year, went to Caulfield for the All-Star Mile two weeks later.
"He'll have to go pretty well to warrant a start but if everything goes right then he might be worthy of a start," Jake Casey said.
The younger Casey has been in Melbourne with Dom To Shoot and stablemate Laverrod , a runner in the World Horse Racing Handicap (1200m), and said the Guineas contender had benefitted from his Melbourne debut when fifth to Tagaloa in the C S Hayes Stakes at Flemington on February 13.
"Stepping up to the mile is right up his alley," Casey said.
"The alley we've got is a lot better than what we had last time and I'm expecting him to go quite well."
And stepping into their corner is leading Perth rider Willie Pike.
Pike does not ride for the team often, but Casey said it was great to have him on.
"He came here Tuesday morning and gave him a gallop and he seemed pretty happy," Casey said.
"We're really looking forward to seeing how they pair up together."