|Railway Stakes Day
|Ascot Racecourse – 71 Grandstand Rd, Ascot WA 6104
|Saturday, November 25, 2023
The second day of The Pinnacles will be held at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday afternoon, with the Group 1 Railway Stakes headlining a massive nine-race card. Hot and dry weather is expected all week, so even though the track is rated a Good 4, expect the ground to firm up over the course of the day. Due to the extreme heat, the first race will jump at 2:05pm AWST.
WA Guineas Tip: Super Smink
The Group 2 WA Guineas is all about the two fillies in the 14-horse field. We are siding with Super Smink, who is seeking revenge on Keshi Boom after she was beaten convincingly last start in the Listed Burgess Queen Stakes. The Daniel Morton-trained galloper has won at both Group 2 and Group 3 level but is yet to stretch out over 1600m in her seven-start career. Although the top two are tough to split, this daughter of Super One has drawn a much better barrier (3). That will allow Chris Parnham to settle closer to the speed, which should prove to be the pivotal factor in the finish.
Race 7 –
3yo Filly | T: Daniel Morton | J: Chris Parnham (54.5kg)
Carbine Club Of WA Stakes Tip: Vast Art
Vast Art returns from a 17-week spell as he seeks his seventh win from 14 starts. The Darren McAuliffe-trained galloper won four on the bounce last preparation before recording consecutive runner-up finishes in his last two starts. Clint Johnston-Porter will be looking to add to his strong record (5:4-1-0) aboard this talented galloper. From barrier one, Vast Art should be able to settle in the box seat and get all the favours in the run before peeling off the leaders’ heels to let down with his customary turn of foot.
Carbine Club Of WA Stakes
Race 6 –
4yo Gelding | T: Darren McAuliffe | J: Clint Johnston-Porter (56.5kg)
A.J. Scahill Cup Tip: Casino Seventeen
Last start, Casino Seventeen was a tragedy when beaten as a well-backed favourite in the Listed Luckygray Stakes over 1800m at this track. After settling on the rail, William Pike attempted to get this gelding into the clear but was blocked at a crucial stage in the home straight before changing tracks to run home strongly into fourth place. On Saturday, this son of Casino Prince should be able to settle in the one-one position from barrier three, and if he gets clear air and time to build his momentum on the home turn, Casino Seventeen should be winning.
A.J. Scahill Cup
Race 5 –
6yo Gelding | T: Grant & Alana Williams | J: William Pike (59kg)
Best Bet at Ascot: Playz With Fire
Playz With Fire kicked off this preparation with consecutive second-place finishes over 1200m and will step up in distance to 1400m third-up, where he appears to have found a very winnable race. Last start, this five-year-old mare settled too far back and had to wait for a gap to appear in a wall of horses at the top of the home straight before letting down with a blistering turn of foot over the final 200m. This daughter of Playing God has drawn barrier four and should be able to settle much closer to the speed. With William Pike retaining the ride, Playz With Fire should prove very hard to hold out.
Race 2 –
5yo Mare | T: Rob Gulberti | J: William Pike (56kg)
Next Best at Ascot: Saloon Bar
Saloon Bar overcame the on-speed pattern at Ascot last start, coming from near-last on the home turn to finish over the top of his rivals and claim a narrow victory over 1200m. The four-year-old gelding has a lethal turn of foot when he gets the race run to suit, and there looks to be an abundance of speed in this one. We expect this event to be run at a frantic tempo, which should set it up perfectly for this son of Sessions to settle slightly worse than midfield before pulling out wide to let down with his explosive finish.
Race 9 –
4yo Gelding | T: Daniel Morton | J: Jarrad Noske (58.5kg)
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Saturday, November 25, 2023