WA Guineas 2020 Field & Odds: Punters Shoot Blind in Wide Open Race

November 17, 2020

WA Guineas 2020 Field & Odds: Punters Shoot Blind in Wide Open Race

The punters are in with a tough task in the 2020 WA Guineas betting markets on the capacity field of three-year-olds at Ascot on Saturday with current markets co-led by Dom To Shoot and Gemma’s Son.

Arcadia Queen Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photo) | Races.com.au

Recent Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes champ Arcadia Queen won the 2018 edition of the WA Guineas as a filly. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A full field of 16 starters plus emergencies is engaged for this season’s Group 2 $500,000 WA Guineas (1600m) run on Railway Stakes Day this weekend in Perth.

A key early feature of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, the set weights mile showdown always attracts plenty of class as is the case again in 2020.

It is a wide-open betting affair on the final field however with $5.50 on offer at Ladbrokes.com.au for the two highest-rated youngsters in the race.

The Sean & Jake Casey-trained Dom To Shoot (9) has a solid Ascot track record (9:3-3-0) and is looking to return to winning form and atone for his last start seventh in the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) from November 7.

Gemma’s Son meanwhile has drawn further out in the WA Guineas field with gate 13 for the classy Snippetson colt to overcome as he looks to add to his strong record of five wins from nine starts to date.

Last start Gemma’s Son ran a close fourth only two lengths off the winner Kay Cee in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) and Saturday has him up over the 1600m for the first time.

Occupying the third line of WA Guineas betting at $6 is Western Empire, the bookies keeping the first emergency very safe in the markets.

Prepared by the state’s best – Grant & Alana Williams – and to be ridden by the ‘Wizard of the West’ Willie Pike back from his outstanding Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Western Empire is a lightly-raced maiden having just his third run should he gain a start in the half-a-million-dollar showdown.

Drawn out wide (16), the untapped son of Iffraaj was last seen running a devastatingly close second in a photo-finish Fairetha Stakes result that he is tipped to improve on should he get a chance this weekend in tougher company.

A further two runners are under double-figures in the latest markets with Brave Angel ($8) and Magical Dream ($9) considered the dangers.

The Simon Miller-trained Tavistock filly Brave Angel has winning form up to 1500m having won over that distance at this track by two lengths in late October.

She ran last weekend and was third in a blanket finish only a quarter-length off the winner in the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) and looks a genuine chance to improve on that on the quick back-up.

Magical Dream is another representative for G & A Williams, the daughter of Dream Ahead drawn the second widest alley (18 into 15) as she chases her first win since the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) back on October 24.

Dan Morton’s Fairetha Stakes winning All American gelding Kallaroo meanwhile is at $10 to do the double and beat home a number of the same rivals over further on Saturday.

Symon Wolfe’s I’m all The Talk filly Watch Me Dance is also listed at WA Guineas odds of $10 on the back of her upset win at 20/1 in last weekend’s WA Champion Fillies Stakes.

She is one of the few Guineas hopefuls proven at the mile and did it tough in the wet last Saturday so could prove a value bet to beat home the boys here.

Arcadia Queen (2018) was the last filly to complete the WA Champion Fillies Stakes – WA Guineas double.

Visit Ladbrokes.com.au for the latest 2020 WA Guineas odds.

2020 WA Guineas Final Field & Barriers

o Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11114×1344 GEMMA’S SON David Harrison Joseph Azzopardi 13 56.5kg 83
2 2182×23127 DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey Paul Harvey 9 56.5kg 80
3 75213×1103 EM TEE AYE Trevor Andrews Jarrad Noske 12 56.5kg 74
4 35341×431 KALLAROO Daniel Morton Brad Parnham 14 56.5kg 65
5 11×878 REIGN OF FIRE Colin Webster Jordan Turner 15 56.5kg 71
6 8x5812x31 ALL DAY SESSION Ashley Maley Steven Parnham 4 56.5kg 68
7 1×4 PHANTA Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 8 56.5kg 66
8 12×325 PANZDOWN Simon A Miller Mitchell Pateman 2 56.5kg 65
9 41×23 FIRST LAW (NZ) Simon A Miller Clint Johnston-Porter 7 56.5kg 65
10 2×126 BRAGWELL Steve Wolfe Peter Knuckey 3 56.5kg 63
11 1221x3x381 WATCH ME DANCE Steve Wolfe Shaun McGruddy 1 54.5kg 76
12 1×1136 MAGICAL DREAM Grant & Alana Williams Ms Jade McNaught 18 54.5kg 72
13 157×3144 SOLAIA Darren McAuliffe Chris Parnham 11 54.5kg 62
14 7×213 BRAVE ANGEL (NZ) Simon A Miller Patrick Carbery 6 54.5kg 58
15 1558 ELIMINATE Neville Parnham Jason Brown 5 54.5kg 60
16 254×12 SMASHING Neville Parnham 19 54.5kg 58
17e 32 WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ) Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 16 56.5kg 60
18e 35×109 BLOW ME OUT Brett Pope 17 54.5kg 58
19e 85419 FLETCHER ROAD Bob McPherson 10 56.5kg 62
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