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The Simon Miller-trained Ron’s Call has retained their firm favouritism to win the 2011 WA Guineas at Ascot’s Railway Stakes Day on Saturday after drawing well mid-field in barrier seven, the Magic Albert three-year-old also set to tackle the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic later during the Festival of Perth Racing.
Undefeated in their four impressive runs this season, Ron’s Call was last seen taking out the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) at Ascot by a commanding four lengths over fellow WA Guineas hopeful Shinning Knight.
For the Fairetah Stakes Ron’s Call jumped form barrier two of 10, but they are set to face their largest field of rivals to date on Saturday as one of 14 acceptors for the $350,000 Group 2 Sky Racing W.A. Guineas (1600m).
Ron’s Call should have few worries from their barrier seven draw, however, as they easily accounted for their rivals from barrier nine two starts back in the Westspeed 3YO Handicap (1200m).
“He’s drawn the perfect gate,” Miller said of Ron’s Call in the WA Guineas.
“It looks like he could be anywhere in running.
“I’ll take everything into consideration and figure out a plan of attack with Knucks (jockey Peter Knuckey).”
A good showing in the Guineas by Ron’s Call and the three-year-old will step up to elite company for the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on December 3, an assignment Miller is confident his horse is up for.
“I’m rapt with him and provided everything comes to fruition, he’ll go on to the Kingston Town,” Miller said.
“He’s very, very good and has a lot of x-factor about him.”
Miller will also be represented in the 2011 WA Guineas on Saturday by his nicely-bred Not A Single Spice filly Single Spice.
Unlike her highly fancied stablemate Single Spice did not fare well in the barriers coming up with gate 13 of 14.
It is the third time in a row she has drawn wide after her seventh in the Listed Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) defeated less than a length after jumping from 11 and her sixth place finish three lengths off the winner in last Saturday’s WA Champion Fillies Stakes from barrier 10.
“We’ve had no luck with her again,” Miller said.
“She was a bit disappointing (in the WA Champion Fillies Stakes) but never got a chance to settle.
“I’m in two minds whether she’ll go forward or go back (on Saturday).
“There doesn’t look to be a lot of speed, but she went super when she went back in the Burgess Queen.”
While leading the WA Guineas odds at Luxbet at a quote of around $2.50, Ron’s Call is also well-liked in the futures Kingston Town Classic markets.
Defending Kingston Town Classic winner Playing God, racing in the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot this weekend, is the early $3.50 favourite to go back-to-back followed by Ranger who is at the top of the odds for the Railway Stakes on Saturday.
Ron’s Call occupies the third line of Railway Stakes betting at Luxbet paying $8, equal with Trevor Andrew’s King Saul and Luckygray.
Flying Pegasus colt King Saul, coming off a fourth to Ron’s Call in the Fairetha Stakes, is the second favourite for the WA Guineas but suffered an early blow drawing double digits in barrier 10.
Other early WA Guineas fancies and their respective barriers are the Grant Williams-trained Blackfriars gelding Shining Knight (barrier six), Neville Parnham’s in-form Al Maher filly Almachino (barrier 12) and Red Hot Sax who came up with the inside alley.
The David Harrison-trained Red Hot Sax and Almachino both had their final Guineas lead-up in the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) at Ascot last Saturday running a close second and third respectively to Eight Till Late.
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