While the stayers face off in the Queensland Cup at Eagle Farm on Saturday the sprinters also have a black-type win to fight for with the Ascot Handicap 2014 the other feature on the Brisbane race card.
Running as Race 6 (3:08pm) there were originally 14 in the mix for this year’s $80,000 Listed PMP Limited Ascot Handicap (1200m).
There has since been two scratchings however with #13 Jefferson Park and Chris Munce’s mount #11 Lady Of Harrods coming out to leave 12 runners.
It’s one of the most open betting markets of the weekend too with five of the remaining hopes under $10 to become this year’s Ascot Handicap winner.
Leading the latest odds though at $5 is the Brian Smith-trained local Bymonashee in gate eight with Ryan Wiggins riding.
The Monashee Mountain six-year-old has run third in the two lead-up runs most recently in a Class 6 over this track and distance a fortnight ago with only half a length between them and the winner.
They are up in class but did so well that day from barrier 10, in closer here and drop from 57.5kg to the 54kg minimum which will be a big advantage.
Current $5.50 market mover meanwhile is Seeking More, Kelso Wood’s local Sequalo four-year-old on the improve.
They’ve been very competitive in stakes company all prep and were last seen running a close fourth beaten only 0.4 lengths by Big Money in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Staeks (1200m) at the track two weeks ago.
Hot on the heels of these two top fancies are then the likes of Rob Heathcote’s 59kg topweight Excellantes ($7), the Jason McLachlan-trained veteran Facile Tigre ($7) and Steep Zip ($9.50) coming off a fifth in last weekend’s Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) at Caloundra.
With such an open field of hopefuls, the Races.com.au team has their exclusive Ascot Handicap tips listed below to help you back a winner at Ladbrokes.com.au this weekend.
#4 Seeking More ($5.50)
Drawn out wide, now in barrier 11, this in-form four-year-old may have some work to do to get into the right position but if they stay out of trouble will be finishing strongly up against a similar class field to that they faced here on June 21 in the Healy. Were beaten under half a length then and get the same track and distance. They do rise 2kg up to 56kg however so a few things going against but classy and ready to win one of their own.
#12 Avaladyluck ($14)
Nice price for Stuart Kendrick’s Sunshine Coast-trained Bradbury’s Luck mare who adds value to the quinella. A rising five-year-old she was nudged out by Little Brown Horse in a fillies and mares race over 1300m at home last weekend and will be eager to finish it off here. Distance looks ideal, decent form at Eagle Farm including a second in the Listed Bright Shadow Handicap (1200m) in May, get in on the 54kg minimum and drawn ideally in barrier two.
#9 Bymonashee ($5)
Lots of love for Smith’s galloper and not hard to see why as they come off back-to-back thirds over the distance including their close effort at the track from June 21. Drop in weight is the big plus here so will be flying home.
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*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change