The best two-year-olds in the country may be contesting the Golden Slipper at Rosehill on Saturday but the best in the west will line up in the Group 2 2013 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) at Ascot in Perth.
The $500,000 event has attracted a full field of 16 horses plus four emergencies including top Perth colt Petrol Power.
The Jim Taylor-trained galloper is yet to finish worse than third in four starts and won the Listed Supremacy Stakes last month before finishing a narrow second in the Listed Perth Stakes.
But Petrol Power will have to overcome a wide barrier 18 draw. Drawing in a far better position is Perth Stakes winner Terror Force who will jump from barrier five.
Prior to winning the Perth Stakes the Al Maher gelding won by two lengths on debut at Ascot in February.
Travelling from Victoria to take on the locals is John Sadler-trained filly Ms Funovits who won on debut at Flemington in January.
The daughter of Reset has drawn barrier 16 from where she will be ridden by leading Melbourne jockey Glen Boss.
Sadler will call on Boss’ experience to guide the filly into the best position from a draw he describes as terrible.
“It’s a terrible draw for us,” Sadler told the West Australian.
“I still have to look at the field and work out where the speed is, but I’ll leave it up to the jockey.”
Bringing consistent form into the race is Fred Kersley’s colt Danny Rip who finished third in both the Supremacy Stakes and the Perth Stakes.
Also lining up in the Karrakatta Plate are Perth Stakes fourth Trichologist and Neville Parnham’s colt Lenience.
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Karrakatta Plate 2013 – Field
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