|Ascot Racecourse – 71 Grandstand Rd, Ascot WA 6104
|Saturday, October 21, 2023
Ascot Racecourse will play host to a nine-race card this Saturday afternoon, with the program headlined by the Group 3 Eurythmic Stakes and Listed R.S. Crawford Stakes. Warm and dry weather is forecast for Friday and Saturday, so we expect the track to stay at the current Good 4 rating for the whole day. The rail will be in the +3m position for the entire circuit, with the first race set to jump at 12:39pm AWST.
Eurythmic Stakes Tip: Valour Road
Valour Road returned from a 15-month spell in the Listed Idyllic Prince Stakes and couldn’t have been more impressive, recording a half-length victory over Nerodio. Trainer Simon Miller has given this son of Frost Giant an eight-week freshen between runs, and he should be ready to go again over 1400m. From barrier six, Chris Parnham should be able to settle Valour Road in the one-one position behind the leaders and be ready to pounce at the top of the home straight.
Race 8 –
8yo Gelding | T: Simon Miller | J: Chris Parnham (57.5kg)
R.S. Crawford Stakes Tip: My Bella Mae
My Bella Mae will run in the R.S. Crawford Stakes second-up after a trial. After 22 weeks, the Dion Luciani-trained mare returned in the Jolly Beggar Stakes and finished fifth, 2.6 lengths behind Long Beach, in wet conditions. This daughter of Deep Field should improve now that she is second-up (2:2-0-0) and back on a Good track (8:5-0-0). Patrick Carbery can settle on the rail behind the speed from barrier one and get the most economical run before unleashing this girl’s blistering turn of foot in the final 300m.
R.S. Crawford Stakes
Race 7 –
4yo Mare | T: Dion Luciani | J: Patrick Carbery (56.5kg)
Best Bet at Ascot: Fine Touch
The Ross Price-trained Fine Touch has won her last two starts at Belmont over 1700m and 1600m, where she dominated on-speed and ran away from her rivals with relative ease. At her most recent start, this daughter of Maschino settled behind the leader, Feuding, before easing off that runner’s heels to run straight by him and record an easy 1.5-length victory over 1600m. William Pike has been onboard for both of her wins this time in, and he should give her every chance to complete a hat-trick of wins.
Race 1 –
4yo Mare | T: Ross Price | J: William Pike (57kg)
Next Best at Ascot: Zipaway
Zipaway broke his maiden last start at Belmont over 1200m, where he appeared to do a few things wrong but knuckled down in the final 100m to take over and defeat Barney’s World by a long neck. The Neville Parnham-trained galloper hit a flat spot at 300m but recovered to run on strongly, so the 1400m second-up should suit him. With the speed influences drawn outside of this son of Playing God, Steven Parnham should be able to settle just behind them and allow Zipaway to settle, get into a rhythm, and let down with a big finish.
Race 3 –
3yo Gelding | T: Neville Parnham | J: Steven Parnham (58kg)
Best Value at Ascot: Brave Venture
This five-year-old gelding finished eighth of nine over 1200m in a One-Metro-Win Handicap on September 16 at Belmont, beaten by 6.5 lengths. This son of Toronado is undefeated second-up from two attempts and has never missed the placings, including two wins, at the Ascot 1200m. Paul Harvey retains the ride, and if he is able to settle closer to the speed, Brave Venture can return to form on dry ground at his favourite track.
Race 9 –
5yo Gelding | T: Brad Graham | J: Paul Harvey (59.5kg)
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Saturday, October 21, 2023