Grant Williams’ Belmont Park specialist Celebrity Miss has opened favourite to beat home the boys when she runs in the 2014 H.G. Bolton Sprint in Perth this weekend.
The nicely-bred More Than Ready five-year-old is one of a bumper 12 sprinters set to face off in the $100,000 Listed H.G. Bolton Sprint (1200m) this year.
Drawn well in barrier three with the state’s premier hoop William Pike engaged for the ride, Celebrity Miss has won five of her nine starts at the track including back-to-back wins this winter.
She was last seen stepping up in class for just her third black-type assignment when fifth to Pininci in the Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m) here on July 12.
That’s a run her trainer and the bookies know she do better than, Celebrity Miss caught out wide when drawn the outside gate (10) in the Beaufine.
Saturday she should get a clearer run from a better barrier, and she will also appreciate the step up from 1000m to 1200m.
She sits top of the HG Bolton Sprint odds then at $3.90 and is joined by four other single figure fancies.
The others under $10 to win are:
- #8 Hussy By Choice ($5) – Simon Miller-trained Hussont mare, this four-year-old has a great record at the track (6-3-2-1) but hasn’t raced since an eighth in a Bunbury black-type back in March, distance will suit and wont he Listed Miss Andretii Stakes over the 1200m at Ascot during the summer
- #6 Dominating ($6) – Neville Parnham’s Snitzel four-year-old, best fancied of the boys here coming off a fourth over 1300m at the track on July 19, on the short Saturday-to-Saturday back-up then and is down in distance so could find this a bit sharp as they have form up to a mile
- #3 Pininci ($7.50) – Wide barrier 10 draw for the only last start winner in the mix, David Harrison-trained Pins five-year-old won the Beaufine in an upset over Smoko on July 12, that was their second win from their past three starts (all at Belmont) and so if they handle the extra metres in just their second run over the distance could surprise again
- #7 Dueton ($8) – Barrier 12 of 12 for Eric Wake’s Due Sasso four-year-old to overcome which could be a problem with plenty of speed in this, ran sixth in the Beaufine beaten three lengths from a better barrier but the extra metres will suit and from their two runs over the track and distance boast two third place finishes
There are then a host of other long priced hopefuls not without their claims including the rails-drawn Wild Charger ($11) racing first-up here and Harrison’s other hopeful Settle Strada ($15) coming off a sixth to Elite Belle in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) from May 31.
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