Just five horses are accepted to face off in the Prince Of Wales Stakes 2015 field in Perth at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday, if the course can handle racing after last Saturday’s early call-off.
Last weekend the newly-upgraded Ascot track was host to its first meeting since undergoing an upgrade, with two black-types scheduled to run including the $150,000 Group 3 Northerly Stakes, but racing was cancelled early on the card with the course quickly deteriorating and declared unsafe.
That has affected Perth acceptances for Saturday’s program including the feature race with only five in the mix for the weight-for-age $150,000 Group 3 Add Energy Group Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m).
Due to jump as Ascot Race 3 at 2:15pm (WA time), the headline final acceptor drawn the rails with star local hoop William Pike in the saddle is the returning Grant Williams-trained Delicacy.
The ultra-consistent Al Maher mare makes her four-year-old debut on Saturday shooting for her seventh win from 11 starts at the track.
She has won her only other previous start over 1200m and won six races on the trot earlier in the year all in black-type company including the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) in March, the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) over the boys in April and two elite levels in Adelaide.
The star mare was last seen in May running at South Australia’s Morphettville track where she completed the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) – Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) double.
On Saturday she will look to return to her winning form and continue her nice first-up record of two wins and a second from three previous resuming runs despite the 1200m being short of her best distance.
Delicacy has had two Lark Hill trials leading up to her return, both over 950m with Pike aboard, the latest being a second to Vigorhesta on October 19 to help bring her on fitness-wise for the Prince Of Wales Stakes.
Drawn one on Delicacy’s outside in barrier two with Jason Brown riding is another returning galloper, the Vaughn Sigley-trained $1.23 million earner Magnifisio.
The six-year-old Magnus mare is best known for her elite level win at Ascot last November when backing up from a Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) victory to beat home Watermans Bay by a quarter length in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
She had two unplaced runs in the autumn, including a disappointing 12th to Miracles Of Life in Adelaide’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m), and will be out to atone with better form back home this weekend at a track and distance she has nice record over (7-3-2-0).
Boasting the fitness edge is Sigley’s other acceptor, Dawn Approach in gate three with Takahide Ikenushi in the saddle.
A five-year-old son of Statue Of Liberty, the gelding is a three time winner over the track and distance who runs at Ascot for the first time since February.
He comes off a first-up third to Black Heart Bart in the Listed Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at Belmont form October 3 when beaten under a length, but is yet to win second-up.
Rounding out the diminutive field this year is the Dan Morton-trained Roma Cup fourth placed veteran nine-year-old Zester and Akhedasset having his 51st career start.
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2015 Prince Of Wales Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Ascot Race 3 (2:15pm) – 24/10/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||11523122×3||DAWN APPROACH||Vaughn Sigley||Takahide Ikenushi||3||58.5kg|
|2||53231406×0||ZESTER||Daniel Morton||Ms Jerry Noske (a)||4||58.5kg|
|3||2211280328||AKHEDASSET||Dion Luciani||Glenn Smith||5||58.5kg|
|4||x23111111x||DELICACY||Grant Williams||William Pike||1||56.5kg|
|5||4x4112x40x||MAGNIFISIO||Vaughn Sigley||Jason Brown||2||56.5kg|