This Saturday the final Group 1 meeting of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival lights up Ascot Racecourse with a host of black type features on the program including the Jungle Dawn Classic 2014.
A final field of 13 fillies and mares will face off in this year’s $100,000 Listed Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m), jumping as Ascot Race 5 at 3:00pm (local), the favourite of which is Real Charm.
Adam Durrant’s in-form Reset mare comes off a win at the track over a little more distance from November 29 when carrying 56kg, a kilo more than her allocation this weekend, to a massive seven and a quarter length victory in the Konica Minolta Print Solutions Handicap.
She was far too good for her rivals that day and the bookies are tipping the four-year-old to handle the class rise on Saturday for her first black type of the season.
During the autumn Real Charm handled good company including her third behind Balmont Girl, a single figure hope at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on Saturday, in the Group 3 W.A. Oaks (2400m) in March.
Perth’s premier jockey William Pike jumps on this weekend in the place of Paul Harvey, the only negative being her wide barrier 12 draw.
Despite the gate Real Charm is at $2.50 in the current Jungle Dawn Classic betting markets at Ladbrokes where she is followed by just three other single figure hopes in:
- #6 My Sister Lil ($4.60) – Consistent Ross & Clint Price-trained Snitzel mare who won the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m) here back in March. Fourth after that to subsequent WA Oaks winner Balmont Girl in the Natasha Stakes over 2200m. Also competitive over shorter distances including a first-up third behind Antique Belle in the Listed Jungle Mist Classic (1200m) on November 22, a run she’ll be out to do two better than here stepping up to 1400m and getting a better barrier than 12 with Ben Paterson to ride from gate five on Saturday.
- #1 Miss Rose De Lago ($5.50) – Simon Miller’s Encosta De Lago four-year-old has a nice record over the track and distance (3-1-1-0) and comes off a close fourth when under two lengths off Black Heart Bart in the Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m). She had 55kg and barrier one that day with Melbourne’s Luke Nolen over for the ride but will do it tougher this weekend with 59kg. That’s the top weight and she gives four kilos away to the rest of the field but Sydney’s Tommy Berry has the mount and she’ll appreciate barrier two.
- #2 Arcadia Rose ($9) – Grant Williams-trained Kheleyf mare bummed out first-up but improved next run when a length off the winner in a Benchmark 66+ on November 22 with Pike in the saddle. Brad Parnham is aboard this time with the perennial placegetter looking to break a lengthy drought.
Just outside of those under $10 are then a number of other genuine hopes including Vampi Lass ($14) coming off a sixth in the Jungle Mist Classic, and the Dan Morton-trained daughter of Dubawi Fast Flowing ($16) who won over the track and distance on November 27.
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