The Ascot Racing Carnival goes up another gear next week with four feature races. The Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes is the main event, while the final spots in the Railway Stakes are up for grabs in the Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes. Tuscan Queen, above, won the Champion Fillies Stakes in 2019.

Champion Fillies

Mystery Moment – Rider TBC

Mrs America – W Pike

Flying Missile – B Parnham

Flower In The Wind – S Parnham

Buzzoom – C Parnham

Searchin’ Rocs – K Yuill

My Fury TBC

Champagne Dame TBC

Liwa – P Carbery

Hoi An – Rider TBC

Fatale Femme – J Turner

Be Optimistic – Rider TBC

Treasured Star is a notable absentee from the Group 3 feature, with Bob Peters indicating he will likely wait for the Group 2 WA Guineas a week later. Buzzoom and Searchin’ Rocs will be looking to add to their recent Listed race victories in the $200,000 event.

WATCH – Last Year’s Champion Fillies Stakes

Colonel Reeves

Iseered Iseered – P Harvey TBC

Hot Zed – Rider TBC

Mervyn – Rider TBC

Elite Street – B Rawiller

Ziebell – Rider TBC

Stageman – W Pike TBC

Indian Pacific – B Parnham

River Beau – Rider TBC

Red Can Man – TBC

Flirtini – J Azzopardi

Money Matters – C Johnston-Porter

Charge – Rider TBC

Long Beach – Rider TBC

Plutocracy – P Carbery

Graceful Girl – W Pike TBC

Carocapo – J Brown

Wilchino – C Parnham TBC

This is set to be a scintillating edition of the Colonel Reeves. Elite Street will be out to continue his excellent form. Charge could make his WA debut for Chris and Michael Gangemi. Hot Zed is another key addition to the race, with the in-form galloper set to go to the sprinting path instead of the Peters Stakes. Wilchino will be nominated but is expected to go to the 72+ 1200m event. Red Can Man may make a return to racing in WA, but could also be saved for the Winterbottom Stakes.

WATCH – Last Year’s Colonel Reeves Stakes

Ascot Gold Cup

Mr Delegator – B Parnham

Dig Deep – Rider TBC

Taxagano – J McNaught TBC

Utgard Loki – Rider TBC

Royal Command – W Pike

Temptacion – C Parnham

Marrocchino – Rider TBC

Media Baron – K Yuill TBC

It’s set to be a small but select field in the Ascot Gold Cup this year. Some of these runners may look to back up in the Railway Stakes a week later. Brad Parnham replaces the suspended Shaun McGruddy on Mr Delegator. Living The Dream is a notable absentee from the race.

Peters Stakes

Kissonallforcheeks – C Johnston-Porter

Kaptain Kaos – C Parnham

Platoon – S Parnham

Neufbosc – Rider TBC

Media Baron – K Yuill TBC

Luke’s Gold – S O’Donnell

While this year’s R.J. Peters Stakes may not attract a huge field, it doesn’t lack for quality. Horses like Notorious One, Naughty By Nature and Comfort Me are set to be saved for the Railway Stakes. It’s set to be D-day for Kissonallforcheeks and Luke’s Gold, as both must win to secure a start in the Railway.

Tim Walker

Image – Western Racepix