The opening Group 1 raceday of the Festival of Perth Racing is Ascot Super Saturday this weekend, the crack 10-event meeting featuring three Group and three Listed showdowns, one of which is the 2011 Carbine Club of WA Stakes.
A middle-distance sprint for handy gallopers, the $80,000 Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m) has drawn a final field of nine hopefuls that will face off in Ascot Race 4 at 1:05pm (local time) on Saturday.
Likely to open favourite in the Luxbet markets is the Ivan Haggerty-trained Grey Monarch, the veteran seven-year-old Verglas grey coming off an eye-catching third beaten less than two lengths by Westriver Kevydonn, one of the better fancied hopes in the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on Saturday, in the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) at Ascot last weekend.
Drawn on the rails in barrier one, Grey Monarch rises 3.5kg in the weights but has the class to handle the 56.5kg with Troy Turner aboard.
Another horse coming off some eye-catching form is the Steve Wolfe-trained Our Ol’ Fella who is also the first emergency for the 2011 Railway Stakes on Saturday.
Drawn in barrier three for the Carbine, five-year-old Halo Homewrecker was last seen running fifth to one-time Winterbottom Stakes favourite Barakey over 1200 metres at Ascot on November 5, before which they ran second in a Listed feature at Kalgoorlie.
Wolfe will also be represented in the Carbine Club of WA Stakes by 58kg topweight Wolfe Dreams who has been out of form this season.
Two horses from the stables of top local horseman Neville Parnham are set to race first up in the Carbine on Saturday with last year’s WATC Derby runner-up Bridgestone resuming from a two month spell and Flying Spur five-year-old Dempsey who hasn’t been seen since June, the duo drawn in barriers seven and six respectively.
Other notable runners include George Daly’s Bletchingly Park six-year-old Philby coming off a credible fourth to Railways Stakes top elect Ranger in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) and the Brett Lewis-trained Kens Double.
The field is then rounded out by eight-year-old Dr Johnson gelding Doc Marshall and Magic Albert veteran General Albert.
See below for the full 2011 Carbine Club of WA Stakes field, barriers and weights.
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2011 Carbine Club of WA Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Ascot Race 4 – 19/11/2011
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||34414X7989||WOLFE DREAMS||Steve Wolfe||Peter Hall||9||57kg||93|
|2||821445X643||GREY MONARCH||Ivan Haggerty||Troy Turner||1||56.5kg||92|
|3||5441216325||OUR OL’ FELLA||Steve Wolfe||Shaun Mc Gruddy||3||54.5kg||88|
|4||119X221084||PHILBY||George Daly||William Pike||5||54.5kg||88|
|5||52731X433X||BRIDGESTONE (NZ)||Neville Parnham||Brad Parnham||7||54kg||87|
|6||3X6164180X||DEMPSEY||Neville Parnham||Patrick Carbery||6||53.5kg||83|
|7||80X26711X9||DOC MARSHALL||John Parker||Jason Whiting||2||53.5kg||77|
|8||0636434694||GENERAL ALBERT||Steven Ryan||Danny Miller||8||53.5kg||69|
|9||5153473738||KENS DOUBLE||Brett Lewis||Takahide Ikenushi||4||53.5kg||83|