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A field featuring many of WA’s most exciting stayers will have their final Perth Cup 2011 lead-up runs this Saturday in the $80,000 Listed WA St Leger (2100m) at Ascot Racecourse.
To wear the No. 1 saddlecloth in the 2011 WA St Leger field of 12 is the Trevor Andrews-trained Veracious, the Systematic four-year-old seeking their second straight stakes success following a win in the JRA Trophy (2200m) a fortnight ago.
The JRA Trophy triumph saw Veracious earn a ballot free ride into the $400,000 Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) on New Year’s Eve, the horse currently rated a $21 chance in the futures Perth Cup odds at Luxbet.
The other most notable 2011 Perth Cup-bound galloper looking to secure their start in the lucrative New Year’s Eve staying showdown is Miss Tipsy Topsy.
A $14 chance in the Perth Cup markets, Stan Bates’ four-year-old Spinning World mare ran 11th in the JRA Trophy last start, a disappointing result that was found to be because of a lower left lung infection she was suffering from.
All reports are that Miss Tipsy Topsy has returned to full health and is ready for a strong showing on Saturday which will confirm her Perth Cup campaign.
Other promising WA St Leger acceptors include last-start winners Roman Knows seeking their fourth straight turf triumph, Pintada Prince who won over 1800 meters at the track on November 26 and the Tony Noonan-trained Victorian raider Ladysea.
Fusaichi Pegasus mare Ladysea is likely to open one of the Luxbet favourites for Saturday as she comes who off a win in a mile handicap at Ascot by an easy two lengths last start on December 7 carrying 58kg from barrier 13 of 14.
She has drawn much nicer in gate six for Saturday and drops back to 56kg with Shaun Meeres in the saddle.
The WA St Leger has produced many top gallopers and can provide Luxbet punters with an excellent Perth Cup betting guide.
Last year’s winner Ranger went on to run a disappointing 11th in the Perth Cup on January 1, but is the current $5.50 to take out the honours on December 31.
Ranger’s trainer Grant Williams will look to go back-to-back in the St Leger on Saturday with two chances in Moonlight Bay, last seen running ninth in the Listed Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m), and fellow Catbird mare Forever Special drawn in gates two and seven respectively.
See below for the full 2011 Perth Ice Works WA St Leger field, barriers and jockeys.
Now is the time to back your Perth Cup favourites at Luxbet before the weekend’s race results sees markets firm.
2011 WA St Leger Field & Barriers
Ascot Race 5 – 17/12/2011
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight|
|1||235X492421||VERACIOUS||Trevor Andrews||Paul Harvey||8||58kg|
|2||131X353601||PINTADA PRINCE||Warren Radford||Dwayne Dunn||12||58kg|
|3||45X2132310||BIG JOSH||Daniel Morton||Campbell Mc Callum||10||58kg|
|4||21X6321595||GRAND APPROACH||Frankie Maynard||Jason Brown||9||58kg|
|5||348X330232||AMBERS KINGDOM||Sharon Miller||Alan Kennedy||3||58kg|
|6||83735X3329||EMAHO||Sharon Taylor||Jarrad Noske||4||58kg|
|7||24411X7130||MISS TIPSY TOPSY||Stan Bates||Jason Whiting||1||56kg|
|8||20240X1069||MOONLIGHT BAY||Grant Williams||Ms Kyra Yuill (a)||2||56kg|
|9||03X224X141||LADYSEA||Tony Noonan||Shaun Meeres||6||56kg|
|10||11X23524||FOREVER SPECIAL||Grant Williams||William Pike||7||56kg|
|11||X3093X2111||ROMAN KNOWS||Simon A Miller||Craig Staples||11||54kg|
|12||954X1132||KEEPERS COURT (NZ)||Alan Mathews||Patrick Carbery||5||54kg|
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