One of four Black Type features running at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland this Saturday, the Ascot Handicap 2016 features a wide open betting market with three horses battling for top spot.
Due to run as the Sunshine Coast Race 7 at 3:47pm (AEST), this year’s $100,000 Listed IGA Sunshine Coast Ascot Handicap (1200m) features a field of 12 sprinters.
Three of those pay either $5 or $5.50 in the latest Ascot Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, current narrow favourite being the Luke Oliver-trained mare Jessy Belle ($5).
It has been a while between drinks for the five-year-old daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar who hasn’t won a race since the Leilani Final over 1400m at Flemington back in July last year.
Since then she’s run a number of good placings in strong company including her third in the Group 3 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup Day.
This time in she has had three Melbourne runs, the latest being a fifth to Tried And Tired in the Listed Super Saturday Stakes (1400m) ahead of her maiden Queensland run on the weekend.
The track looks to suit and she’s been up against some quality Victorian types of late, so is a genuine hope here on 54kg.
Firming into co-$5 favouritism from an earlier quote of $5.50 is now the rails-drawn Worthy Cause prepared locally by John Zielke.
A four-year-old son of Choisir, the stallion is first-up on the weekend chasing a second win from four starts at the track.
His last run was a solid fourth to Group 1 winning mare Tinto in the Gold Coast Magic Millions Trophy (1800m) in early January, and he has since won a subsequent trial at the Sunshine Coast by two lengths over 1270m on April 12.
The classy Worthy Cause is also a Group 3 placegetter in Melbourne having been beaten only two and a half lengths by the winner Casino Dancer in the Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown last November, so is more than capable of this even though the distance is short of his preferred.
At $5.50 is then the flying Casual Choice shooting for four consecutive victories for one of Brisbane’s best trainers Tony Gollan.
Jumping one inside of Jessy Belle from barrier nine with Jim Byrne in the saddle, Choisir six-year-old Casual Choice has won all three starts this time in including the Listed Gold Coast Stakes (1200m) on March 12.
His latest win was at Doomben over 1100m on April 2, Saturday his first look at the Sunshine Coast course.
Originally he was down to race in the Weetwood Handicap, but was scratched due to a wide barrier, so he’ll be itching to race in this and could be hard to beat at a decent price.
There are a further two other runners under $10 in the Ascot Handicap odds this season with the 58.5kg top weight Hopfgarten ($7) returning for Robert Heathcote and chasing his first win since March last year and one of Gollan’s two other runners Frespanol ($5) out to atone for a 19th last time out in December’s Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) in Sydney.
The early market mover backed in from $16 to $13 meanwhile is the Brisbane-based Bel Esprit gelding Architect in barrier for with Jeff Lloyd to ride.
Also at $13 is last start Doomben winner over 1350m Mischievous Devil getting in on 54kg in barrier eight with Paul Hammersley to ride.
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