Welcome to summer! The Ascot course will be set a light with the running of the $1million dollar Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes for the sprinters. There should be plenty of equity in the pockets after the Chips In Best Bet Galaxy Star bolted in a $3 with the highest unit suggestion (30 units) last week no doubt providing the Chinese. Our best place bet ran a nice second and our best each way returned a lovely dividend too. Great racing in Brisbane tomorrow at Doomben as we head towards The Magic Millions with a couple of Group 3 feature events while racing returns to Moonee Valley in Victoria. Let’s finish the year with a bang after an unforgettable spring #chipsin #chasethesun
Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes (Group 1)
Last year’s winner Viddora looks well placed to make it back to back after drawing perfectly in barrier 5. She won well first up and she is coming off a forgive run in The Everest where her wheels were spinning in the heavy 672. The Moir victory stamped her as one of the best sprinters in the country, the form from the race has stood up over the spring, and she will race well fresh. She ran a nice trial running into this and she has been crunched $3.30 into $2.60 since the markets opened up Wednesday. Chips In.
Only danger to the favourite is the local freak Enticing Star. Her career record is sensational (9:8-0-0), she has an amazing turn of foot, and she is coming off a forgive run. She produced a sizzling trial after her first ever defeat and she maybe worth another go before potting her. Barrier 13 isn’t a concern as Pike knows her and she will drift back anyway, I am just not sure she has had an ideal preparation leading into her biggest test. Clear threat but well below Viddora in my opinion.
Voodoo Lad has had a fantastic spring albeit in listed and lower Group races while Malaguerra can win if he find his best. Dainty Tess is flying as is Malibu Style, both must be included in wider exotics.
Selections: Viddora (10) – Enticing Star (13) – Malibu Style (5)
Chips In Best Bet: Ascot Race 5 Number 10 Viddora (20 units the win @$2.60)
Best Each Way: Rosehill Race 8 Number 10 Mapmaker (6 units the win 4 units the place @$8)
Best Roughie: Rosehill Race 9 Number 9 Asterius (3 units the win 7 units the place @$12)
Next Best: Moonee Valley Race 9 Number 5 Sirius Suspect (5 units the 5 units the place @$4)
Best Place: Moonee Valley Race 8 Number 7 Al Galayel (10 units the place $1.60)
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Tony James Edser