One of the key support acts on the Railway Stakes Day program at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday sees the older gallopers face off in the Carbine Club of WA Stakes 2015.
Won last year by Black Heart Bart, a top chance for Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) through Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on the feature, this year’s race features a field of 10.
The $100,000 Listed Carbine Club of W.A. Stakes (1400m) is scheduled to jump as Ascot Race 4 at 1:44pm (WA time) and race favourite in the latest markets at an odds-on quote of $1.80 is Neverland.
Ridden by the state’s best jockey William Pike, the Grant Williams-trained Big Brown four-year-old has won both of her starts this time in and is out to retain her undefeated status this campaign on the weekend.
She is drawn ideally with the inside alley and has an outstanding Ascot record of four wins, a second and a third from her six starts at the track.
Her 1400m record is also imposing as she has won all four of her starts at the distance and is three-from-three at the track and distance.
Following Neverland in the WA Carbine Club of WA Stakes betting markets are two other single figure hopes with Resonates ($4.60) and Halo Express ($5.50) drawn in barriers seven and five respectively.
Chris Parnham has the ride on Gavin Slater’s Teofilo five-year-old who has form around last year’s champ Black Heart Bart this season with a last start third, beaten only a length, in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1420m) at Ascot on October 21.
Williams’ other runner, Danehill Express rig Halo Express meanwhile comes off back-to-back seconds including behind Railway Stakes hope Special Delivery over 1500m at York at the start of November.
Outside of the hopes under $10 for the win are the likes of the Adam Durrant-trained mare Fashion Princess ($10) having her 27th career start and the in-form six-year-old Dream Lifter ($10) after an upset.
So will the favourites get the job done or is there value further down the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au?
#8 Neverland ($1.80)
The red hot shortie in the market looks very hard to beat from the inside barrier with Pike in the saddle. She is yet to finish out of the money at Ascot and is four-from-four over the distance. She looks rock hard fit coming off back-to-back wins at the track & distance and has form around some very nice types including Delicacy who she placed second behind in the Listed 1000 Guineas (1800m) and third behind in the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m) earlier in the year. Has the right lead-up form, hoop, gate and class.
#7 Resonates ($4.60)
Think the bookmakers have the top two in correct order with Resonates the most likely to challenge the odds-on favourite. This five-year-old daughter of Teofilo was third to Black Heart Bart last time out and goes well fresh. Over the distance she boasts four wins and two thirds from eight runs, and also has winning form at Ascot despite Belmont being her preferred track. Should get a good run from seven in a pretty small field, but how Parnham handles her with Pike jumping off is the deciding factor.
#9 Fashion Princess ($10)
Good place value in a number of these, but the first-up third of this Iffraaj six-year-old over 1200m behind Lucky Street was solid. She is another Pike rode last time out, the jockey change seeing Joseph Azzopardi take the mount on the 53kg minimum as she drops from 55kg last time out. Is the lightest weight she’s carried in a long while so she should be flying with extra metres here as well.
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