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Ascot Saturday December 9 – Preview, Best Bets and Odds

Fri, Dec 8, 8:56am by Staff Writer

Saturday is the third and final week of Perth Racing’s Masters series. The eastern state horses had a strong hand in week one but it was West Australia’s Great Shot who took out the prize while in week two, WA’s State Solicitor and Rock Magic were all the rage only to have Viddora win her first – and well deserved – Group 1.

The Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes (1800m) is the feature race of the day with Black Heart Bart ($3) a solid favourite for the race. The seven-year-old gelding began his career over in the West before moving to Darren Weir’s stable nearly two years ago and he returned to Ascot last start when a close second to Great Shot ($18) in the G1 Railway Stakes (1600m). Under Weir’s tutelage he’s raced in 17 Group 1 races for five wins and seven placings and off his last run looks the one to beat here although some punters are concerned with barrier one.

It’s Somewhat ($5.50) was an all the way winner in this year’s G1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on a heavy-8. He raced three times during the spring for two minors and although he didn’t threaten the winner in any of those runs he should be suited here. He’s drawn wide in barrier 11 with Brenton Avdulla to ride.

Tom Melbourne ($8) was close again but couldn’t get that elusive win when third in the Railway Stakes, beaten less than half a length. Since joining Chris Waller he’s had five seconds and a third from his seven runs with all his placings being within a length of the winner. He’s joined by stable mates All Our Roads ($26) and Life Less Ordinary ($14).

Great Shot had been racing consistently over the spring with three placings leading into the Railway and he held off a wall of horses to secure the big one.  Prolific WA owner Bob Peters has four in the race those being, Silverstream ($61), Cosmic Storm ($61), Royal Star ($41) and three-year-old Perfect Jewel ($6).

Silverstream won a G3 and G2 before finishing thirteenth of 16 in the Railway. Royal Star has only missed the placings twice in her nine-race career with her best win being at Listed level but she has attracted some good support at odds during the week. Cosmic Star has seven wins and five placings from her 17 starts with this her second attempt at G1 level – the first when tenth, beaten 2.75L in the Railway – while Perfect Jewel (to be ridden by William Pike) took out the G2 WA Guineas (1600m) with Money Maher ($26) getting too far back in that race but running on well. Achernar Star ($11) finished second to Perfect Jewel in the Guineas and he’s three wins and for seconds from his eight career starts.

Suggested Bet: If barrier one isn’t a hindrance to Black Heart Bart ($3), he looks awfully hard to beat. Trainer Darren Weir and jockey Brad Rawiller aren’t concerned by the barrier, and interestingly Weir won this race last year with Stratum Star who also jumped from the one alley.

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