Thu, Nov 30, 12:27pm by Staff Writer
It’s week 2 of Perth’s Masters series this Saturday at Ascot with the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) the feature event. Last week’s G1 Railway went to the locals with Great Shot winning at big odds and the West Aussies hold a strong hand this Saturday.
State Solicitor ($2.90) has been at the top off betting since markets opened and he’s firmed again since drawing barrier four. The five-year-old gelding has won nine of his 12 career starts including both this campaign although not everyone was taken with his narrow win in the G3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) a fortnight ago when less than a length separated the first six across the line.
Viddora ($4.20) is a handy mare who’s been racing in good company with 2 G1 placings and a G1 fourth from her last three starts. She has six wins and seven minors from her 22 career starts with Joe Bowditch’s record on her reading three wins and nine placings from 16 rides.
Santa Ana Lane ($7.50) is a last start Group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) winner and he is first up since that run back on October 1. He’s won one from four fresh attempts but has a further two placings and a fourth from his other three first-up starts. The Team Freedman-trained gelding has drawn wide in barrier 11 but will get back anyway.
Rock Magic ($6.50) is back in Perth after a four run Melbourne spring campaign – three of those at G1 level. He was good when fourth to She Will Reign in the Moir Stakes (1000m) – Viddora was second in that race – and was less than half a length from Super Cash in the Group 2 Schillachi (1100m) after that. He’s got the three wins and three placings from 10 starts at Ascot and he’s drawn well in barrier six.
Fuhryk ($10) won the G3 Alinghi Stakes (1100m) for fillies and mares two starts back and that was the only time she finished in the money from four starts this campaign. Caipirinha ($17), Durendal ($41), Profit Street ($21), Dainty Tess ($17) and Whispering Brook ($21) all finished officially with 0.8L of State Solicitor in the Colonel Reeves and they line up here as well.
On the other side of the country, Brisbane gears towards their summer carnival with the G3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) the feature event. A field of 14 have accepted although Egyptian Symbol ($4.80) and Palazzo Pubblico ($11) are likely to run in Sydney instead. Doomben copped some heavy rain on Wednesday although the forecast is improving leading into race day.
Team Snowden take Calanda ($3.40) up north with Damian Browne booked to ride. A winner of five from 13, he was competitive in his two runs in the Melbourne spring when beaten less than three-lengths in each race.
Monsieur Gustave ($4.60) is building a handy record himself with seven wins and three minors from his 19 starts, with three wins from his last three runs. Two of those were before a break in the Listed Glasshouse (1400m) and Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) during the Brisbane winter carnival. Big Money ($16) is also accepted in Sydney while Snoopy ($13) is now in the hands of Chris Munce.
Suggested Bet: Provided backmarkers are getting their chance, Santa Ana Lane ($7.50) is worth a gamble in the main race at Ascot. The locals are always hard to beat at home and Viddora is in good form but he’s a last start Group 1 winner and racing well for the Freedman brothers.
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