With only five horses left to face off in Saturday’s 2014 RS Crawford Stakes, it is a wide open affair for the Perth Summer Racing Carnival showdown at Ascot Racecourse on CB Cox Stakes Day.
Originally the $100,000 Listed R.S. Crawford Stakes (1000m) attracted a field of seven to face off in the handicap clash, but the early scratching of #2 Pininci and the in-form #5 Benito has left a diminutive line-up.
All five of the remaining hopefuls for Ascot Race 5 pay $13 or under to win in the RS Crawford Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au and after two shared top spot earlier, Travinator has firmed into the $2.80 favourite.
Originally equal $3 favourite with Cool Trade, the duo to jump from barriers three and four respectively, money has now come for Travinator now topping the markets.
The Daniel Pearce-trained Mosayter six-year-old Travinator resumes racing here after seven months on the sidelines.
His first-up record is outstanding with the gelding winning three of his four runs when resuming, and finishing second in the other, including last time in when carrying 60kg to victory over Terkel in April over 1000m.
He’s at the same track and distance this time in and gets in better with the weights on 58.5kg with Peter Knuckey to ride.
Cool Trade is a Patrick Carbery ride and is a super-consistent daughter of Trade Fair.
The four-year-old mare sat undefeated last season winning five on the trot before coming back this time in with three more good runs.
A three time winner at Ascot she ran fourth first-up at the track before finishing second in her two most recent runs.
The first was behind Antique Belle in the Listed Jungle Mist Classic (1200m) on November 22 then on December 6 she was just a quarter length off Benito in the Thunderbolt 1000, an effort she’s well-liked to improve on.
Occupying the third line of betting are then Shining Knight and Black Hart Bart at $4.20.
Perth’s premier hoop William Pike has the ride on the Grant Williams-trained Blackfriars gelding Shining Knight, first-up winner of the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) on November 4.
The six-year-old then went to Group 1 company in the Winterbottom Stakes and finished a nice third to Magnifisio when beaten under a length before his last start fourth in the Thunderbolt 1000.
Black Hart Bart also comes into Saturday’s race on the back of some exciting lead-up form, Vaughn Sigley’s four-year-old son of Blackfiars to jump from barrier one with Glenn Smith in the saddle.
Runner-up to Balmont Girl in the Asian Beau Stakes before a RJ Peters Stakes fourth in November, Black Heart Bart has won his past two on the trot including the Listed Carbine Club Stakes (1400m) over Perth Cup favourite Real Love two back on November 22.
He’s on the short seven day turnaround this weekend following a 1200m win at the track last Saturday when carrying 57.5kg to a big three and a half length win, half a kilo less than his 58kg allocation for the weekend.
Rounding out RS Crawford Stakes field and markets at $13 is the big market drifter Heavy Set who has eased out from $8.50 into double figures.
Joe Miller’s veteran Shamardal seven-year-old is up in class here coming off four straight third place finishes over the past five months, his latest being behind Black Heart Bart in last weekend’s Black Widow Handicap (1200m).
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