|Ascot Racecourse – 71 Grandstand Rd, Ascot WA 6104
|Saturday, November 11, 2023
A huge day of racing awaits at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday afternoon, with the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes, Listed Fairetha Stakes and Listed Luckygray Stakes featuring on a strong nine-race program. With warm weather and no rain forecast for Friday and Saturday, the track should stay at the current Good 4 rating for the whole day. The rail will go back into the true position, with the first event scheduled to jump at 12:34pm AWST.
Lee Steere Stakes Tip: The Velvet Queen
The Velvet Queen will return from a six-month spell in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes, where she has drawn the ace barrier and will get 2kg off all her rivals. The Darren McAuliffe-trained galloper only raced once last preparation, just beaten by Bustler in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint. This daughter of Universal Ruler has yet to miss the placings from five fresh runs (5:2-2-1) and has won five from 10 at Ascot. With a lot of speed drawn in wide barriers, Patrick Carbery should be able to settle behind the leaders and get all the favours in the running. At +1400 with online bookmakers, we are getting a great each-way price.
Lee Steere Stakes
Race 8 –
5yo Mare | T: Darren McAuliffe | J: Patrick Carbery (57kg)
Fairetha Stakes Tip: Rope Them In
The Steven Wolfe-trained Rope Them In returned with a very nice run in the Listed Belgravia Stakes at this track and trip on October 28, where he settled behind the leaders and stuck on well for fourth. Just before the home turn, the son of Playing God was flushed out three wide and had to make a searching run, just peaking in the final 100m. Peter Knuckey has retained the ride, and from barrier two he can push forward and settle in the one-one position. If Knuckey can hold his mount for one last sprint in the final 300m, Rope Them In will prove hard to hold out.
Race 7 –
3yo Gelding | T: Steven Wolfe | J: Peter Knuckey (55.5kg)
Luckygray Stakes Tip: Casino Seventeen
Casino Seventeen impressed first-up in the Listed Northam Cup, where he had to carry 59kg and made a long run around the outside to finish third, 1.6 lengths off the winner. On Saturday, the Grant & Alana Williams-trained galloper will be second-up and should enjoy the rise in distance to 1800m. William Pike sticks in the saddle, and he should be able to put this son of Casino Prince in the box seat from barrier one. If Pike can get Casino Seventeen into the clear in the final 300m, the top weight should prove too classy.
Race 6 –
6yo Gelding | T: Grant & Alana Williams | J: William Pike (58kg)
Best Bet at Ascot: Run Pattie Run
Run Pattie Run kicked off her career in the best possible way, winning a Bunbury Maiden over 1108m on October 26 with a devastating finish to pick up a tearaway leader. The Raquel Williams-trained filly looks to have a lot of upside and should have learned a heap from her debut run. Stepping up to 1200m and getting the services of William Pike are two massive positives, so expect this daughter of Gingerbreadman to keep her undefeated record intact.
Race 2 –
3yo Filly | T: Raquel Williams | J: William Pike (54kg)
Next Best at Ascot: Playthatfunkymusic
Playthatfunkymusic from the Paul Fernie stable will be seeking a hat-trick when he competes in the last event on the Ascot card. At his most recent start, this son of Vert De Grece went around as a heavily backed favourite at Kalgoorlie over 1300m on November 4, where he settled outside the leader before taking over at the 200m mark and drawing clear to record a 2.5-length victory. The four-year-old gelding will get a lovely run in transit from barrier one, and if he gets clear air and even luck in the straight, he should be playing a prominent role in the finish.
Race 9 –
4yo Gelding | T: Paul Fernie | J: Luke Campbell (a2) (60.5kg)
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Saturday, November 11, 2023