This weekend in Brisbane a bumper nine-race program runs at Doomben Racecourse for Doomben 10,000 Day including the black type on the card, the Ascot Handicap 2015.
Due to run as Doomben Race 3 at 12:42pm (AEST), this year’s $100,000 Listed Landfill Logistics Ascot Handicap (1200m) features a final field of 13 handicap hopefuls.
Despite a wide barrier 11 draw the Chris Waller-trained equal 59kg top weight Delectation leads not only the line-up but also the Ascot Handicap betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.
After opening at $3.50 to post back-to-back wins following his success in the lucrative Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) in the wet at Randwick on April 11, the Shamardal gelding has been well supported into $2.70.
Hugh Bowman has the ride on the progressive three-year-old after guiding him to his Arrowfield win in Sydney, Saturday to be Delectation’s maiden run in Brisbane.
He may not have seen the track before but this year’s Ascot Handicap favourite has a gun record over the distance (9-3-3-1) that he’ll be out to build on this weekend.
Hot on Delectation’s heels at $3.50 is then Nite Rocker in barrier six with Joe Bowditch riding on the 54kg minimum, the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Adelaide visitor having his second Brisbane start after debuting at the track last time out.
A winner of two of his four previous 1200m, and second in the other two over the distance, More Than Ready four-year-old Nite Rocker comes off a good third when beaten only one and a quarter lengths by Charlie Boy in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) on May 9.
Outside of the top two in Ascot Handicap betting are two other hopes under $10 are Whiskey Allround ($7.50) and the widely-drawn Cape Kidnappers ($8) out in barrier 12 for top local jockey Damian Browne.
The Tony Gollan-trained All Bar One four-year-old Whiskey Allround has a good record of two wins from three starts at the track and distance and is keen to atone for a disappointing eighth behind Mr Favulous in the Listed Weetwood Handicap (1200m) at Toowoomba last time out.
Cape Kidnappers meanwhile has 58kg, a half kilo drop from the weight the Commands seven-year-old had when second last (12th) behind Hot Snitzel in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) in much tougher company at the track a fortnight ago.
Representing more value in the markets at double figures are the likes of Gollan’s recent Chief De Beers Handicap winning six-year-old Rocket To Glory ($11) in a good gate (three) but with a big weight (59kg) and the Robert Heathcote-trained 51-start veteran Excellantes ($14) drawn one better in barrier two.
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