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.
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|