This Saturday Perth’s Ascot Racecourse will host Kingston Town Classic Day featuring a host of black type races including the AJ Scahill Stakes 2013.
Running as the fifth at 3:15pm (local) this year’s $125,000 Group 3 A.J. Scahill Stakes (1400m) has drawn a small field of nine hopefuls.
One of the top fancies in the race having drawn the inside alley with barrier one is the Daniel Morton-trained Luke’s Luck with William Pike to ride.
The Show A Heart four-year-old ran dead last in this race last year behind Power Princess as a three-year-old but has matured well since then.
Last start they ran second to Kingston Town Classic hope Elite Belle in the Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m), the form of which could stack up here.
The reigning AJ Scahill Stakes winner Power Princess meanwhile is back to defend their title on Saturday.
Simon Miller’s seven-year-old Marwina mare is third-up for the season having run a close second to Barakey in the Group 3 Prince of Wales Stakes (1200m) in October before her sixth on November 23 behind Buffering in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
Power Princess was runner-up in the Winterbottom last year before their AJ Scahill Stakes victory form barrier four so will need to improve this weekend especially after drawing the far outside barrier.
Two other horses coming off nice lead-up for meanwhile are Watermans Bay and the Trevor Andrews-trained The Corporation drawn in barriers four and five respectively.
Watermans Bay has been in top form over the past month with two Group third places including in the Winterbottom where they surprised many as a $41 outsider.
The Corporation meanwhile also comes off a third place finish when beaten by Elite Belle in the Carbine Club Stakes a fortnight ago.
Local horseman Fred Kersley will then saddle-up two chances in the race with warhorse galloper Grand Nirvana out to improve on a Railway Stakes 14th when defeating just one other runner in the mile classic last start and the resuming Operational.
Grand Nirvana is out to become the first dual winner of the AJ Scahill Stakes in history having won back in 2011.
Rounding out the AJ Scahill field are then the Gary Kennewell-trained Adelaide raider Conservatorium who won the Lee Steere Stakes two back at the track before their Railway eighth, Railway fourth placegetter Kerrific who won the RJ Peters Stakes the run before and the Neville Parnham-trained Dominating.
See below for the full acceptances, jockeys and barriers for the weight-for-age clash.
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2013 A.J. Scahill Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Ascot Race 5 – 3:15pm (AEST) – 07/12/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||2x37x8x540||GRAND NIRVANA||Fred Kersley||Daniel Staeck||8||59kg|
|2||52212×5718||CONSERVATORIUM||Gary Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||7||59kg|
|3||021512×914||KERRIFIC||Bruce Watkins & Gary Hitchcock||Peter Hall||3||59kg|
|4||x00223x462||LUKE’S LUCK||Daniel Morton||William Pike||1||59kg|
|5||x141224x43||THE CORPORATION||Trevor Andrews||Jordan Mallyon (a)||5||59kg|
|6||21119×5533||WATERMANS BAY||Peter & Matthew Giadresco||Glenn Smith||4||59kg|
|7||441112462x||OPERATIONAL||Fred Kersley||Steven Parnham||6||59kg|
|8||9x11213x70||DOMINATING||Neville Parnham||Brad Parnham||2||59kg|
|9||8x121x1x26||POWER PRINCESS||Simon A Miller||Peter Knuckey||9||57kg|