Trainer Fred Kersley is buoyant a freshen-up will prove the key for consistent stayer Cappo D’oro as he eyes his second Listed race win in the Detonator Stakes (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Cappo D’oro returns following his game seventh in the Perth Cup last month, which ended a successful campaign that included a win in the Listed Towton Cup.
The six-year-old has nine rivals for Saturday’s $100,000 event, which includes Perth Cup winner Star Exhibit.
Kersley said Cappo D’oro couldn’t quite measure up in the Perth Cup, but felt the Detonator Stakes was a suitable return race.
“He couldn’t get the job done in the Perth Cup,” he told The Races WA.
“He’s been freshened since then and comes back to the 1800, in what I think is a very open race.
“He’s on the fresh side, but I think he can run a nice race if things go his way.”
Cappo D’oro will be aided by the services of in-form jockey Mitchell Pateman, who is fresh off wins in the Albany Cup and Cyril Flower Stakes over the past fortnight.
TABtouch has Cappo D’oro rated a $5 second favourite behind Star Exhibit ($2.50), while Like A Butterfly ($6), Elegant Blast ($6) and Let’s Twist ($8.50) are the other runners in single figures.
Prying Tom, who finished behind Cappo D’oro in the Perth Cup, also lines up in Saturday’s feature from barrier four with Alan Kennedy on board once more.
The Sharon Miller-trained galloper hasn’t quite been able to recapture the form that saw him finish fifth to Arcadia Queen in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic earlier this campaign, but did show some positive signs in his third placing to The Big Show in the Albany Cup last start.
Miller said she was quietly confident of further improvement on Saturday and was pleased with the Albany Cup effort.
“The run was really good,” she told The Races WA.
“He probably should’ve won the race.
“We’ve kept him a little bit fresher and he’s done really well.
“It’s a little bit stronger than the Albany Cup, but if the horse is in the same position, I don’t think the mistakes that happened in that race will happen again.
“I think he’ll be in the first three.”
Kersley will also saddle up last start Pearl Classic runner-up Resistance in the TABtouch-Better Your Bet Handicap (1400m) and said he was pleased with how she had progressed since her last start.