Trainer Simon Miller of Melbourne based Aquanita Racing at his new Perth stables in Ascot, pictured with horse Larson pic: Sandie Bertrand 19 August 2008


Thursday’s Shine Hair Design Maiden (Race 4-1116m) looms as a cracking contest between recent impressive trial winners Stellar Ignition and Just A Fluke.

The unraced pair dominated their most recent 950-metre Lark Hill heats, with the Jason Pateman-trained Just A Fluke winning by 7-1/4 lengths on October 24 and the Simon A. Miller (pictured) prepared Stellar Ignition scoring by 3-1/4 lengths on October 31.

A three-year-old son of Planet Five, Stellar Ignition appreciated the addition of blinkers at his latest outing, jumping straight to the front in Heat 10 of the morning and striding clear in the straight to score under a hold, in one of the quickest times of the session.

The Aquanita Racing youngster, a $38,000 yearling purchase, has been well schooled with four trials appearances (winning three of them) and the professional front-runner looks like taking a stack of beating on debut.

Unfashionably bred four-year-old Just A Fluke stands in the way, being unbeaten in two trial outings and defeating subsequent maiden winners on both occasions.

The son of 2004 Karrakatta Plate runner-up Metaldale, Just A Fluke narrowly accounted for recent Ascot winner Tomohawk at the October 17 Lark Hill trials, before disposing of last Sunday’s York winner Macavity by over seven lengths in a sizzling 55.67 seconds.

One of the better trial performances you will see, Just A Fluke worked his way to the lead, travelling under his own steam, before being shook up passing the 300-metre mark and dropping gears like a serious talent to score in style.

Stellar Ignition and Just A Fluke have drawn alongside each other and the sparks will fly from start to finish. The clash promises to be one of the highlights of the eight-event midweek program.

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