A bumper race card full of black-type racing including the calendar year’s final Group 1 plays out in Perth at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday with the fifth on the line-up being the GA Towton Cup 2015 for the staying types.
Due to run as Kingston Town Classic Day Race 5 at 3:05pm (WA time), this year’s $100,000 Listed G.A. Towton Cup (2200m) field features 10 hopeful led in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au by two hopefuls.
The field, weights and markets are led by Rebelson (58kg) and Young Lionel (57.5kg) who pay $3.50 and $3.40 respectively in the latest GA Towton Cup odds.
Lou Luciani prepares the narrow favourite Young Lionel, a seven-year-old son of Blackfriars who jumps from gate seven with Jarrad Noske retaining the ride.
A winner of four of his 22 Ascot runs to date the locally-trained gelding is yet to win over the 2200m but showed good form when narrowly beaten crossing just a half-length off the winner Dubai Escapade in the Listed Tattersall’s Cup (2100m) a fortnight ago.
That followed previous good form with a Listed Northam Cup (1600m) win on October 25 and a second to Drive West in the Listed Ascot Gold Cup (1800m).
Market mover Rebelson jumps one closer to the rail in barrier five with William Pike booked to ride Darren Mcauliffe’s Snippetson six-year-old who comes off the same three lead-up races.
He was fifth in the Northam Cup, third in the Ascot Gold Cup and fifth again in the Tattersall’s Cup last time out with Shaun Meeres in the saddle.
The next best in GA Towton Cup betting this summer at $4.60 is 54kg lightweight hope Who’s To Blame.
The Vaughn Sigley-trained Bletchley Park mare drops a kilo from the 55kg she carried last start when 1.25 lengths off the Tattersall’s Cup winner from November 21, and while she is yet to win from 14 Ascot runs she is proven over Saturday’s distance (6-1-1-1).
So is there value further down the markets from the likes of Raising Dubai ($6) drawn the rails or do the bookies have the order spot on for this weekend’s GA Towton Cup result?
#2 Young Lionel ($3.40)
Early favourite Young Lionel has plenty of claims on the back of three top three runs in similar company coming via the traditional lead-up races around Perth. His second in the Ascot Gold Cup was brave and the step up to 2100m saw the ageing stayer run another very good race. Only a half-length separated him and the winner that day and he looks spot on to break his maiden status at the distance.
#7 Raising Dubai ($6)
The run from barrier one gives this Ben Pearce-trained gelding and his jockey Peter Hall, who has a strong book of rides on Saturday, plenty of options. The minimum weight is another plus and his lead-up is strong with fourths in the Northam and Ascot Gold Cup before the Tatersall’s Cup sixth when still beaten under 2 lengths carrying more weight. Has two wins and three other minor placings at this distance so shouldn’t be far away.
#10 Who’s To Blame ($4.60)
The best fancied mare in the mix, this six-year-old has winning form up to 2200m and while Ascot hasn’t proved a happy hunting ground – 14 wins producing four minor placings but no wins – her fourth in the Tattersall’s Cup carrying a kilo more is too good a lead-up to ignore.
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