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The Northerly Stakes form is expected to stack-up in Saturday’s 2022 Ted Van Heemst Stakes field with betting on the Perth Cup lead-up led by the visiting Victorian Steinem.
A dozen summer stayers face off in Ascot’s Group 2 $250,000 Ted Van Heemst Stakes (2100m) this weekend with the majority eyeing a run back at the track on New Year’s Day in the always-popular Perth Cup over the mile and a half.
Group 1 racing for 2022 down under came to a close with the Northerly Stakes in WA over 1800m a fortnight back, and the place-getters in that WFA showdown head Ted Van Heemst Stakes betting.
Current favourite at a quote of $2.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au is the third-placed Frankel mare Steinem from the Melbourne Cup winning stables of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.
She is drawn a treat in barrier three with John Allen retaining the ride after her close finish when making-up ground to finish in the money in the Northerly.
That followed on from the British-bred five-year-old’s solid spring campaign in Melbourne that included a second to Atishu in Flemington’s Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m).
That has proven a strong form race with the winner going on to run second in the Ballarat Cup before a close third when only a half-length off upset champ Kirwan’s Lane from barrier 17 of 20 in last weekend’s $2 million The Ingham over the mile at Randwick.
The danger out to stop Steinem further franking the form in Saturday’s Perth showdown is fellow Northerly Stakes place-getter, the Will Clarken-trained runner-up Ironclad.
Ironclad jumps one on the favourite’s inside this weekend in gate two with Brad Rawiller aboard the seven-year-old.
After a failed 12th in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) two back, Ironclad showed huge improvement when only a length off the winning filly Amelia’s Jewel in the Northerly as a 50/1 outsider.
He is being kept much safer in betting up in distance this Saturday at current Ted Van Heemst Stakes odds of $3.30 and firming.
The only other single-figure fancy in the markets is the Lou Luciani-trained Marocchino ($5.50) who has won two of his past three starts.
Jumping from gate eight with Troy Turner in the saddle again the galloper was last seen carrying a hefty 60.5kg to a narrow win on November 26 at this track and distance in the Listed AJ Scahill Stakes (2100m).
Of the double-figure fancies those most likely to score an upset include William Pike’s mount Dom To Shoot ($10) and Playing God five-year-old God Has Chosen ($11).
2022 Ted Van Heemst Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||32x3x095x0||TRAP FOR FOOLS||Grant & Alana Williams||Joseph Azzopardi||6||59kg||106|
|2||0x600x0000||PLATOON||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||7||59kg||90|
|3||53352×6101||MAROCCHINO||Lou Luciani||Troy Turner||8||59kg||106|
|4||0x170x3402||IRONCLAD (GB)||Will Clarken||Brad Rawiller||2||59kg||104|
|5||30142×8719||DOM TO SHOOT||Sean & Jake Casey||William Pike||11||59kg||92|
|6||5670543260||BAD WOLF||Ashley Maley||Shaun McGruddy||1||59kg||85|
|7||11123×8770||GOD HAS CHOSEN||Donna Riordan||Clint Johnston-Porter||5||59kg||102|
|8||964×400600||NOTORIOUS ONE||Chris & Michael Gangemi||Laqdar Ramoly (a)||12||59kg||96|
|9||2×08627508||BROTHER PADDY||Coreen Maynard||Shaun O’Donnell||9||59kg||74|
|10||1x396x0523||STEINEM (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||3||57kg||99|
|11||3222×48883||CHILI IS HOT||Graeme Ballantyne||Jason Whiting||4||57kg||83|
|12||611612×700||JADAVI||Ian Shield||Ms Beaux Banovic-Edwards||10||57kg||90|
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