The 2012 Perth Summer Racing Carnival action continues at Ascot this weekend and one of the card highlights is the Listed 2012 Starstruck Classic (1600m).
The fillies and mares’ event will see a capacity field line up, with 16 horses plus two emergencies announced to contest the $80,000 race.
Among the top chances is lightly-raced mare Rantorini who has shown plenty of talent in the early stages of her career to win three times and secure minor placings on another two occasions from 10 starts.
The Phil Humann-trained four-year-old brings reasonable form into the race after finishing strongly to claim third place in the Listed Jungle Dawn Classic on December 8.
Likely to appreciate the step up in distance this weekend is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Upon This Rock who has been consistent without success in three starts this campaign.
The Fastnet Rock mare finished fourth in the Ladies Day Cup at Hawkesbury first-up before travelling west to finish fifth in the Jungle Mist Classic and sixth in the Jungle Dawn Classic.
Due to carry the topweight of 61.5kg is dual stakes winner Rosie Rocket who finished third in the Railway Stakes last month but will have to show a distinct form turnaround after beating just one runner home in the Kingston Town Classic.
Also receiving a big weight of 61kg is Mabel Grace who will be out to record a second consecutive win after claiming the Jungle Dawn Classic on December 8.
Seven-year-old mare Bites The Dust showed she was up to stakes class when winning the Pinjarra Classic in March but has failed to claim victory in five starts since.
Others in the Starstruck Classic field include the Raquel Mills-trained Miss Tahitian and veteran mare Termindao.
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Starstruck Stakes 2012 – Final Field
|3||UPON THIS ROCK|
|4||BITES THE DUST|
|5||COMTESSE LA GRAN|
|8||MISS TIPSY TOPSY|
|12||READY ON TIME|
|15||THE OTHER HARV|