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This Saturday, December 21, the action of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival continues with the running of the 2013 CB Cox Stakes at Ascot – betting tips and selections for which are detailed below.
Set to run as Ascot Race 7 at 5:05pm (local time), this year’s $250,000 Group 2 LD Total C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) has drawn a final field of 12 gallopers.
The majority of the CB Cox Stakes field are using the race as a final lead-up for the Perth Cup 2014 back at the track on New Year’s Day.
That’s not the case for the two favourites in CB Cox Stakes betting however.
Current odds are led by the Trevor Andrews-trained Luckygray at $3.60.
The triple Group 1 winning Bradbury’s Luck grey scored their third elite level trophy two back when taking out the Railway Stakes in November.
They failed to make it a quartet last time out however when defeated a quarter length by Ihtsahymn in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Three-year-old Ihtsahymn, who also won the WA Guineas this summer, is the second fancy in CB Cox Stakes betting at $3.80 to make it three on the trot.
The market mover meanwhile is Mr Moet paying $4.50, Adam Durrant’s Mosayter gelding after their first win since taking out last year’s Cox Stakes.
So are these top three the ones you should be locking into your CB Cox Stakes trifecta selections?
Or is there value to be had further down the markets from the likes of Neville Parnham’s veteran Group 1 champion Playing God ($12) or this summer’s Perth Cup favourite Rohan ($9)?
#1 Luckygray ($3.60)
Sticking with the favourite here and think they’re the one to beat based on not only their recent form but that of their whole career. Has three Group 1 titles already, the last coming just two back. Specialist at the track and while Ihtsahymn beat them home in the Kingston Town last start, Luckygray had an awkward jump . They were ultra-impressive in the Railway Stakes with the big weight, and while this is their first look at the distance think their class and experience will get them home.
#11 Elite Belle ($18)
She’s at a juicy price but we fancy this Perth Cup-bound mare to surprise a few and be right in the finish here. Is drawn one outside the favourite in barrier five and should get a gun run from that gate with regular rider William Pike staying on. Pike’s been aboard Grant Williams’ Canny Lad five-year-old for all five of her runs this prep which, until last start, saw her finish top two in every run. She’s won two this prep, including the Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m). Her last start was a sixth in the Kingston Town but she was beaten just two lengths and has improvement in here. Distance shouldn’t be an issue either as she’s been right up to the mile and a half and as a three-year-old ran third in the Group 3 WA Oaks. Thinking she’s matured and ready to make a mark.
#12 Ihtsahymn ($3.80)
Tipping a close finish and really cannot leave Ihtsahymn out of the top three. They’re a gun three-year-old on the up-and-up and don’t look like slowing down any time soon. They’ve got barrier two for their first look at the 2100m, and if they can stay out of trouble early are right in this. Of course the big advantage is the weight as they get in with just 51kg meeting the entire field a minimum six kilos better off. That’s huge especially when you consider they’ve won their past two on the trot at the track at Group level including of course the Kingston Town at elite level over a very similar line-up.
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