While the majority of eyes will be cast over the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse this Saturday with the prolific Golden Slipper Day, Perth’s Ascot Racecourse will be host to its own top day of racing in the lead up to the Autumn Racing Carnival, and the Group 3 Strickland Stakes (1800m).
Due to jump at 3.20pm on Saturday as the fifth of eight great races, the 2010 Strickland Stakes will see six horses at least three-years-old compete for the $125,000 purse.
Starting from the fifth barrier, Marasco is coming into the Strickland Stakes as the horse to beat at $ 1.55.
Starting from the fifth barrier, Marasco is coming into the Strickland Stakes as the horse to beat at $ 1.55. Winner of the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1400m), the Ascot-based gelding is the clear favourite, seeing off previous Strickland Stakes winner Tarzi in the event.
Trained by Neville Parnham, Tarzi is going into the Strickland Stakes to defend his title at $3.80. Starting from the inside barrier, the seven-year-old will be competing with Marasco for the race, and will be looking for revenge for the second spot finish in the Hyperion Stakes.
Star Risca could be an underdog for the Strickland Stakes with longer odds of $12. The gelding recently finished second in the Bunbury Cup (2200m), proving himself over the staying distance, and may provide a decent payout if backed by a punter.
Rounding out the odds for the race is La Soeur Noir at $31. Starting from the third barrier, the Lark Hill-based mare recently finished third in a 1,600 metre Handicap at the Ascot track, and with such a small field may prove worthy of a cheeky wager.
While the 2010 Strickland Stakes is the only Group race to take place on Saturday, there are several other quality racers taking place, including four Black Type Listed races.