2011 JRA Trophy Final Field & Barrier Draw

A 15-stayer field has been accepted for the Japan Racing Association Trophy 2011, one of the key support races on the Kingston Town Classic Day program at Ascot this Saturday.

Scheduled as race five of eight and due to jump at 2:40pm (Perth time), the $80,000 Listed JRA Trophy (2200m) is shaping up as a strong showdown for the Luxbet punters to enjoy with plenty of in-form gallopers looking to add a black-type win to their record before the end of the Festival of Perth Racing.

There are two last-start winners engaged with New Spice to jump from barrier five and Big Josh drawn wider in barrier 12.

The Elva Van Merwyk-trained eight-year-old New Spice showed they still had plenty of distance in their old legs on Railway Stakes Day when they ran a beautiful race to take out the Listed Tattersall’s Cup (2100m) at Ascot.

In the Tattersall’s Cup New Spice beat home Peg’s Pride with Knightlike third, both placegetters also accepted for the JRA Trophy on Saturday; Michael Morton’s Marooned mare Peg’s Pride in barrier 11 while the Grant Williams-trained Viscount five-year-old Knightlike is wider in 13.

Daniel Morton’s Blackfriars four-year-old Big Josh, who carried 58kg to victory over the JRA Trophy track and distance on November 23, has also drawn double-digits with regular jockey Campbell McCallum to ride them from barrier 12 on a nice 53kg lightweight.

Another top chance in the race, and trainer Grant Williams’ second representative, is Western Jewel.

The Jeune mare has been thereabouts this season finishing three lengths away sixth in the Listed Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) on November 5 before her last-start fourth to New Spice in the Tattersall’s Cup.

The five-year-old has suffered a small setback, however, drawing barrier 14 but over the distance if she can settle well should be able to get inside the top four or five by the finish.

Miss Tipsy Topsy, winner of the Belmont Classic back in July, should appreciate getting back up to the 2200 metres having run a solid third in the WA Surface Mining Handicap (1800m) last Saturday at Ascot.

She will also appreciate the weight drop from 57.5kg to a far more manageable 53kg with Jason Whiting to ride the Stan Bates-trained Spinning World mare from gate six.

Meanwhile Trevor Andrews’ Systematic four-year-old Veracious has come up with the inside alley, the gelding having beaten home Miss Tipsy Topsy last start win second at Ascot.

Check out the complete 2011 Japan Racing Association Trophy field, barriers, jockeys and weights below and then head to Luxbet for all the Perth Summer Racing Carnival markets.

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2011 Japan Racing Association Trophy Field, Barriers & Weights

Ascot Race 5 – 03/12/2011

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Wgt.
1 X0091X4766 GOD HAS SPOKEN Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 3 58kg
2 X8X0086X91 NEW SPICE Elva Van Merwyk Ryan Hill (a) 5 55.5kg
3 190X800070 GUEST WING Shane A Edwards Brad Parnham 9 55kg
4 251X474307 DOUBLE BARREL Adam Durrant Shaun O’Donnell 10 53.5kg
5 2321231235 GUM NUT GURU Warwick Shaun Meeres 8 53.5kg
6 59X6512182 PEG’S PRIDE Michael Morton Peter Knuckey 11 53.5kg
7 345X213231 BIG JOSH Daniel Morton Campbell Mc Callum 12 53kg
8 1131X78908 INSURGENCY Garry Delane Shaun Mc Gruddy 15 53kg
9 13111X6903 KNIGHTLIKE Grant Williams William Pike 13 53kg
10 X402413200 MALAIKA Donna Baillie Troy Turner 4 53kg
11 221546X559 MANILA I SCREAM Adam Durrant Jason Brown 2 53kg
12 424411X713 MISS TIPSY TOPSY Stan Bates Jason Whiting 6 53kg
13 180007X770 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Glyn Schofield 7 53kg
14 1235X49242 VERACIOUS Trevor Andrews Patrick Carbery 1 53kg
15 2114X24464 WESTERN JEWEL Grant Williams Ms Kyra Yuill (a) 14 53kg