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The Perth Summer Carnival is starting to heat up and we have another fantastic day of racing at Ascot ahead of us this Saturday.
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A nine raced card will be run and won, headlined by the running of the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes.
With a further two Group 3 events and three Listed features, it's set to be a cracking day.
The track is currently rated a soft 5 and the rail will be out 2m.
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RACE 1 - 2:34PM: TABtouch - AMELIA PARK HANDICAP RTG72+ (1600 METRES)
Above The Peg resumed with an encouraging performance here over 1200m.
The Blackfriars gelding was then disappointing last start but his second up record isn't flash and he does have a tendency to race a bit flat on the back of a good fresh effort.
His third up stats do read very well so I think he can bounce back here and he will appreciate getting out to the mile.
Pat Carberry sticks with him and he's set to enjoy a cushy run from gate three.
RACE 2 - 3:11PM: PETALUMA HANDICAP 1MW (1600 METRES)
Wango Award has been racing well.
She recorded a well deserved win two starts back and last time just got too far, back but powered home late into fifth.
Originally trained at Cranbourne by Kevin Corstens, the Shamus Award mare has only had the six starts for Grant and Alana Williams but looks to be thriving in her new surroundings.
The way she hit the line at her most recent outing certainly suggests she'll enjoy getting out to the mile and Willy Pike goes back in the saddle.
RACE 3 - 3:51PM: PKF PERTH HANDICAP RTG66+ (1400 METRES)
There was a lot to like about the first up performance of Demolish.
Stepping out over 1400m the Rich Enuff gelding charged home strongly to finish second, beaten a long neck.
Not a noted first up performer, he generally takes a run to come to hand and does race very well second up, so he could be in for a successful campaign.
Placed in all three starts in stakes grade before heading to the paddock, he's very honest and does look to possess that bit of class.
Whilst he doesn't win out of turn, he sticks at that lower grade and looks very well placed up to 1400m.
Steven Parham retains the mount for his father Neville and with any luck from the wide draw he should be right there at the finish.
RACE 4 - 4:28PM: R.J. PETERS STAKES GROUP 3 (1500 METRES)
Alsephina returned to the races with a solid first up effort in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes.
She travelled beautifully throughout and hit the line strongly but just couldn't run down the eventual winner.
After ten months off the scene it was a very encouraging performance and she will have taken plenty of benefit from the run.
Boasting a superb record of nine wins and three placings from just twelve career starts, the daughter of Star Turn is all class and it's hard to go against her.
The slight step to 1500m looks ideal and she'll be afforded every chance from gate four.
The only slight concern is the rise in the weights but she has won previously carrying 59kgs so I don't think it will worry her.
RACE 5 - 5:07PM: LEXUS OF PERTH - WA CHAMPION FILLIES STAKES GROUP 3 3YO SW (1600 METRES)
Keshi Boom remains unbeaten after three starts and looks well placed to continue on her winning way.
The daughter of star Queensland stallion Spirit of Boom impressed on debut back in July with a very smart win over 1200m.
She was sent for a break and resumed with a determined win over 1000 before recording her maiden stakes win last start defeating the heavy supported Super Smink.
It was an ultra impressive victory as she peeled off the back of the favourite and put paid to her within a handful strides to take out the Listed Burgess Queen Stakes comfortably.
The step up to the mile won't be an issue for the Grant and Alana Williams trained filly and Willy Pike remains in the saddle.
RACE 6 - 5:40PM: JUNGLE MIST CLASSIC LISTED FILLIES & MARES (1200 METRES)
Duchess Of Gossip resumes.
The highly talented mare has been working through her grades with relative ease and going by her latest trial, she looks set for another successful preparation.
After doing everything wrong on debut she's continued to improve with each outing and has furnished into a very professional racehorse.
She's yet to be tested at this level but Dion Luciani has done a wonderful job placing her and she's certainly earned herself a spot here.
Pike has steered her to victory at her past three starts and he'll ensure she's given every chance from the inside draw.
RACE 7 - 6:17PM: COLONEL REEVES STAKES GROUP 3 3YO WFA (1100 METRES)
Clemenceau debuts for the new stable.
Formally prepared by team Hawkes, the son of Capitalist boats strong Sydney and Melbourne form suggesting he'll certainly be competitive here in the West.
A very honest galloper, he's finished in the top three in ten of his thirteen raceday appearances and he does perform particularly well fresh.
He's been given a recent 1000m trial in which he just faded late, so he will have taken plenty of improvement from it and he looks ideally placed here over 1100m.
Jared Noske takes the mount for Chris and Michael Gangemi
RACE 8 - 6:55PM: TABtouch - PLACID ARK STAKES LISTED 3YO SW (1200 METRES)
Hanchi didn't have much luck when resuming in the Placid Ark Prelude a fortnight ago.
From barrier two he settled in the box seat but was held up and had to switch across the heels of Oscar's Fortune, but was taking ground off him late.
The son of Squamosa is already proven over 1200m, having won on debut over the trip and he'll relish getting out to that again here.
He will need luck from the wide draw but does possess a sharp turn of foot and if he can find cover he'll be doing his best work late.
RACE 9 - 7:33PM: BILSEY WORKWEAR HANDICAP RTG72+ (1200 METRES)
Metallon didn't have the best of luck when resuming here a fortnight ago.
Taken out of the speed battle he relaxed nicely and worked home well but didn't have a lot of room over the final stages.
A recent edition to the Williams yard, he will have taken improvement from the run and does perform well second up.
He's a smart horse on his day, having won five from eleven and whilst he yet to win over 1200m his first up run suggests he'll be suited here over the trip.
Pike will again do the steering and the blinkers go back on.