Perth Cup Preview and Betting Tips – Ascot 01/01/2018
Ascot Racecourse stages the Group 2 $500,000 Perth Cup over 2400m on New Year’s Day.
Maximum field set for Perth Cup
The race is due off at 5:05pm (AWST) with a capacity 16 runners set to go to post. The weights are headed by the hat-trick seeking Pounamu, trained by Alan Mathews and ridden by Patrick Carbery.
The six-year-old son of Authorized was a surprise winner of the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic over 1800m. He showed that it was no fluke when following up over 2100m in the Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes, a traditional lead-up for the Perth Cup.
Pounamu defeated Material Man in both races and the latter is favourite to gain his revenge on Monday. He is perfectly drawn in barrier three for Justin Warwick and Lucy Warwick while Pounamu starts from gate eight. The son of Vital Equine is also unproven at this distance but is set to receive 2.5kg from his old rival.
Material Man’s stable companion Angola has been less fortunate with a wide draw in gate sixteen. The nine-year-old chased home Trap For Fools in the Listed G.A. Towton Cup over 2200m last time and will be partnered by Troy Turner.
Trap For Tools aims for pillar to post win
Trap For Fools will almost certainly try to make all the running here under 54.5kg. Lindsey Smith’s stayer has won eight of his last nine races and is seeking a seventh consecutive victory. The four-year-old son of Poet’s Voice was unplaced on his only previous run at this trip in the Group 2 WATC Derby in April. Trap For Fools carried 57kg when winning the Listed A.T.A. Stakes over 2200m. He is seven from eleven at Ascot and will be ridden by Alan Kennedy from gate 4.
Adam Durrant saddles Zarantz with Chris Parnham aboard and starting from barrier ten. The Choisir gelding was third in the Ted Van Heemst Stakes but is another who is yet to win at this trip. The Grant and Alana Williams-trained WA Oaks runner-up Royal Star finished a slightly disappointing fifth in the A.T.A. Stakes and is one of three runners for the stable. She will be joined by Cosmic Storm and Falcon Crest, drawn in barriers two and thirteen respectively.
Local trainer Joe Miller saddles the rail runner Dark Alert, a son of Testa Rossa. He is already a course and distance winner and could have each-way claims at around 13.0.
Perth Cup Betting Tips 01/01/2018
Pounamu @6.0 Ladbrokes
Dark Alert @13.0 Ladbrokes
Each-way ¼ odds, 1,2,3,4