The latest Perth Summer Racing Carnival runs at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday with a host of Perth Cup-bound hopes facing off in the CB Cox Stakes 2015 field.
Eleven stayers are in the mix for this year’s $250,000 Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m), the weight-for-age clash due to run as Ascot Race 7 at 4:40pm (WA time).
Sure to be favourite in CB Cox Stakes betting at a likely odds-on price is the Grant Williams-trained dual Group 1 winner Delicacy who ace hoop William Pike has opted to ride.
Drawn in barrier six, the four-year-old daughter of Al Maher won the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks – SA Derby double at Morphettville back in May but hasn’t won again this time in.
She was a devastatingly close second with Peter Hall in the saddle after a wide run from barrier 16 of 16 in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at the track on December 5 and gets the chance to atone here.
Delicacy was nudged out of the win by her youngster, Pike-ridden stablemate Perfect Reflection in the wet on December 5 but with the Kingston Town Classic winner now in the paddock she is the one to beat on the weekend.
Drawn one on her inside with barrier five is Hall’s pick-up mount in the CB Cox Stakes, the Adam Durrant-trained Real Love who is also owned by Bob and Sandra Peters.
Winner of this year’s Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) and on track for the January 2 shot at back-to-back victories this summer, Desert King mare Real Love won the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) first-up before her Railway Stakes seventh and Kingston Town eighth.
She will be improving over the extra metres this weekend with Hall aboard for the first time.
Along with the reigning Perth Cup winner Lark Hill’s Durrant also saddles-up Tower Of Lonhro in barrier three, the Lonhro seven-year-old boasting winning form up to 2100m but luckless when 10th in the Kingston Town last start.
Set to run well from barrier two with Glenn Smith continuing his association is the Vaughn Sigley-trained Blackfriars gelding Black Heart Bart who won the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) in early November defeating Magnifisio (2nd) and Saturday’s top fancy Delicacy (3rd).
He then ran a brave fourth to Good Project in the Railway before a ninth in the Kingston Town Classic, but will appreciate firmer ground on Saturday as he shoots for his first win over further than 1420m.
Third in the Railway Stakes two back was the Paula Wagg-trained Balmont mare Balmont Girl, the five-year-old running 12th in the Kingston Town on a Heavy track leading up to this year’s CB Cox Stakes.
Winner of the WA Oaks last year, Balmont Girl has her 27th run at Ascot here and is after her sixth win.
The sole interstate raider in the mix meanwhile is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Extra Zero drawn barrier 10 with Chris Parnham aboard.
The veteran nine-year-old Danzero gelding was seventh in the Kingston Town in his first Ascot run as a $31 outsider in betting and he hasn’t won a race in nearly 12 months.
Check out the full CB Cox Stakes 2015 field, barriers and jockeys below.
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2015 CB Cox Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Ascot Race 7 (4:40pm) – 19/12/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight|
|1||28×2545977||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Chris Parnham||10||59kg|
|2||1x40x11149||BLACK HEART BART||Vaughn Sigley||Glenn Smith||2||59kg|
|3||254×216806||ASK ME NICELY (NZ)||Fred Kersley||Paul Harvey||8||59kg|
|4||11133×7300||TOWER OF LONHRO||Adam Durrant||Joseph Azzopardi||3||59kg|
|5||0x49x84690||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||4||59kg|
|6||6015×90002||KIROV BOY||Arthur Mortimer||Danny Miller||1||59kg|
|7||3311273170||WOODSVILLE||Jeff Noske||Ms Jerry Noske||9||59kg|
|8||2821×34353||DARK MUSKET||Graeme Ballantyne||Jason Whiting||11||58kg|
|9||7x542x4530||BALMONT GIRL||Paula Wagg||Shaun O’Donnell||7||57kg|
|10||211108×178||REAL LOVE||Adam Durrant||Peter Hall||5||57kg|
|11||111111×362||DELICACY||Grant Williams||William Pike||6||56kg|