A quality line-up of 13 sprinters has been accepted to contest Saturday’s 2013 Ascot Handicap running at Eagle Farm as part of the Queensland Cup Day action.
Due to jump as Race 7 at 3:45pm (AEST) the $80,000 Listed PMP Limited Ascot Handicap (1200m) lost a couple of major nominees who have opted to bypass the race in favour of Wednesday week’s $150,000 Ramornie Handicap at Grafton.
Two Ramornie Handicap-bound non-acceptors were the Sue Grills-trained Border Rebel and Desleigh Forster’s Adebisi.
Of the remaining hopefuls the top-rated and weighted horse is the Tony Gollan-trained Listen Son with 58kg.
The Big Jesse six-year-old comes off a close sixth when beaten only 1.6 lengths by Tokamak in the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 8 and is after their first turf triumph since November 2011.
Following Listen Son in the Ascot Handicap field and weights are then two horses with 57.5kg – the James Lyons-trained Delago Bolt (barrier six) and Rob Heathcote’s rising eight-year-old Griffon (57.5kg).
Delago Bolt has been racing very well this preparation with three top three finishes from as many starts.
They were the first-up winner over a 1010m Doomben sprint in April before being twice beaten by Howmuchdoyouloveme when second in the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) and third in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m).
Flying Spur gelding Griffon meanwhile looked in good form when beaten just a neck by Galah when third in a blanket finish in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m).
Things went amiss for them in the Healy Stakes however with the veteran beating home just one other runner to finish 10th, an effort Heathcote will be hoping they improve on this weekend.
Brisbane’s leading trainer Heathcote has also accepted for Funtantes (57kg) who has come up with the inside alley as they look to bounce back from their dead last in the Healy.
Other notable chances in the mix then include Kelso Wood’s Group 3 winner Benny’s Buttons, the Desleigh Forster-trained short track specialist Shafeeq, Sunshine Coast filly Doubtfilly who was fourth to Pierro in last year’s Golden Slipper and Alcancia.
Drawn wide in gate 12 with Paul Hammersley to ride, the Barry Lockwood-trained Danbird mare Alcancia is the only last start winner in this year’s Ascot Handicap field.
The four-year-old held off Bribie in a narrow finish at the same track and distance two weeks ago to score a Class 6 earning them this black type start, their first since last May when prepared by Jenny Graham.
Check out the official 2013 Ascot Handicap final field, barriers, jockeys and weights detailed below.
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2013 Ascot Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw
Eagle Farm Race 7 – 3:45pm (AEST) – 06/07/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||903x9x4386||LISTEN SON||Tony Gollan||Ryan Wiggins||7||58kg||97|
|2||4x1318x123||DELAGO BOLT||James Lyons||–||6||57.5kg||96|
|3||0x136x4430||GRIFFON||Robert Heathcote||Glen Colless||9||57.5kg||96|
|4||1238194180||FUNTANTES||Robert Heathcote||Bobby El-Issa||1||57kg||99|
|5||333×901200||WAR ENDS||Toby Edmonds||–||10||56kg||93|
|6||807323×106||BENNY’S BUTTONS||Kelso Wood||Ric McMahon||5||56kg||92|
|7||14730×4066||EMOTIONAL CIRCUS||Kris Lees||Jim Byrne||4||56kg||92|
|8||11x80x0305||LIESELE||Liam Birchley||Larry Cassidy||8||56kg||92|
|9||71351x718x||SHAFEEQ||Desleigh Forster||Kirk Matheson (a)||11||56kg||92|
|10||0x600x2088||METALLURGICAL||John P Thompson||Timothy Bell||3||56kg||91|
|11||4428346200||DOUBTFUL JACK||Kelly Schweida||–||13||56kg||90|
|13||x424315331||ALCANCIA||Barry Lockwood||Paul Hammersley||12||56kg||84|