We’ve got a full field of 16 runners +4 emergencies engaged for the $500,000 Group 2 feature set to be run over the 2400m. Many different form-lines converge here, with most gallopers coming from A.T.A Stakes on Christmas Eve, the G.A. Towton Cup on December 10 and of course the Group 1 Northerly Stakes on December 3.
Online bookmakers have opened with two equal favourites for Saturday afternoon as the Daniel Morton-trained Alaskan Gold and the A.T.A Stakes winner Truly Inspired have both been marked $4.80. Buster Bash and Neufbosc both sit at $6.50 on the second line of betting, while you’ll be getting double figure odds for any other runner, including emergency that now gains entry, Mystery Island, around the $10 mark.
There looks to be a solid tempo on the speed map with three obvious on speed gallopers looking to press forward. Trap For Fools (barrier-seven) only knows one way in his racing pattern, as the same goes for the Adam Durrant-trained Utgard Loki (barrier-19) and we expect Cockney Crew (barrier-six) will be looking to utilise the positive draw. While equal favourites Alaskan God (barrier-13) and Truly Inspired (barrier-11) will be forced back into the field as to not be caught wide throughout the staying trip. G.A. Towton Cup winner Buster Bash (barrier-five) should get a lovely spot mid-field as should Holy Enchantment (barrier-nine) who’ll be looking to slot in on the three-wide line.
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Two horse’s caught our eye at nice prices in this year’s edition of the Perth Cup, but we’ve laned with the David Harrison-trained Buster Bash on top in the Ascot feature. His form reads outstanding heading into this 2400m contest, winning the G.A. Towton Cup on December 10 in ultra-impressive and very dominant fashion, when clearing out to score by 3.2 lengths. That was over 2200m from barrier-10 and now finds a softer gate and should find a perfect run throughout over this staying trip from barrier-five. Shaun McGruddy takes the reins with the suspension of Joseph Azzopardi, and normally we would consider that a negative, however, with Buster Bash having a lovely tick-over trial win at Lark Hill on January 9 with McGruddy aboard, it gives us confidence this son of Trade Fair is still going great despite a long preparation. Others in the race are weighted well against him, but with the $6.50 on offer with online bookmakers, he’s a clear bet in a tricky contest.
Neufbosc is the other horse we’ll be spreading our stake on as this eight-year-old continues to get better with age since joining the Neville Parnham stable at the back end of 2020. He brings form from two key form references, firstly running third behind our top pick Buster Bash in the G.A. Towton Cup on December 10 beaten 3.7 lengths, then going down 0.4 lengths behind Truly Inspired in the A.T.A. Stakes. He’s been consistent and when stepping up to the 2400m Neufbosc looks set to be peaking on Saturday afternoon. He’s drawn an awkward gate but we’ll leave it to jockey Brad Parnham to find a spot somewhere mid-field with cover before storming down the outside. He gets a 5kg swing on Truly Inspired to boot, so we think he’ll take some holding out.
Alaskan Gold has to be respected here and should be included in any multiples and exotics you play in this race, however, the map looks an awkward one and despite being very well weighted in this field with Group 1 form in the Northerly Stakes, we just think he’s been well found in the market.
While the market looks to have gotten this race spot on, as Truly Inspired is hard to leave out as well. His last start win was impressive and has a great strike rate of 10 starts for four wins, so a win again from this lightly raced six-year-old wouldn’t shock.