Bookies are having a hard time separating the top two fancies for the 2013 R.S. Crawford Stakes at Ascot on Saturday with The Rising and Magnifisio currently sharing top spot in the markets.
The pair pay $3.40 each to win the $100,000 Listed R.S. Crawford Stakes (1000m) this weekend, the Perth summer sprint one of the main support races of CB Cox Stakes Day.
After originally drawing a final field of 12 hopefuls only 11 are left in contention following the early scratching of #9 Military Secret.
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One of the three runners left in the mix weighted above the 55kg minimum meanwhile is the Trevor Andrews-trained The Rising (57kg) drawn in gate two with Paul Harvey to ride.
Harvey takes over from regular rider Sean McGruddy on the Flying Pegasus stallion who races for the first time since November 23.
On that day the four-year-old was stepped up to elite level for a shot at the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
They were outclassed however and could only manage to finish six lengths away 10th behind Queensland raider Buffering.
But dropping right back in class to Listed level for the RS Crawford The Rising is expected to do as their name suggests and rise to the top.
Sharing top spot in the odds is then Magnifisio, Jim Taylor’s Magnus mare coming off an ace preparation.
A winner of six of her 14 career starts to date the four-year-old is yet to finish out of the money this time in with two seconds, a third and a win at Ascot since the start of November.
Her latest effort was her best when defeating a decent field by a minimum three lengths over 1200m when carrying 53.5kg last Saturday.
She’s on the short seven day back-up and goes up to 55kg but is still looking one of the ones to beat.
Following the co-favourites in RS Crawford Stakes betting ahead of the weekend is then the rails-drawn Dueton at $5.
The Due Sasso four-year-old is first-up here not having raced since an eye-catching second carrying 58kg at Belmont Park back in August.
The Eric Wake-trained sprinter is a 1000m specialist, drops back to 55kg and while their first-up record isn’t great they are still a chance with the right ride from Jason Whiting if they’re fit enough fresh.
The only other single figure chances is then Dominating at $8 a Brad Parnham mount in barrier six.
A four-year-old son of Snitzel, Dominating was dead last in the Winterbottom Stakes having failed to handle 58.5kg in Group 1 company.
Their latest run a fortnight ago however was more encouraging as they ran fourth to Conservatorium in the Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) with 59kg on their back, four kilos more than their Saturday weight allocation.
Others at longer odds out for an upset then include the 59kg top weight Beach Express ($11) and Teen Idol ($12) with the far outside barrier to overcome.
The complete RS Crawford Stakes 2013 field and odds are detailed below.
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