Fixed odd markets for this Saturday at Ascot have not missed the stellar lead up performances of the Grant Williams trained Delicacy, who has opened at a meager $1.35 fav for the $250,000 Group 3 WA Oaks 2400m for the fillies.
The shortest priced public elect for the day, the daughter of Al Maher has demanded respect following outstanding victories in the Ascot 1000 Guineas 1800m where it scored by 3 ½ lengths from stablemate Neverland, before repeating the dosage in the Listed Natasha Stakes 2000m with a blistering turn of foot on straightening to race away with a 1 ¾ length win.
Premiership hoop William Pike jumps into the saddle this weekend, while recent rider Peter Hall will pilot stablemate Evening Rose ($41.00).
The only likely challenger from a market perspective is the relatively unknown Victorian conveyance Spectacular Vision ($4.40) from the Peter Moody camp who makes a trip to Perth on the back of winning a close maiden event at Tatura last start over 1997m.
The short priced favourites don’t end there, with a number of other races sporting a red hot fancy.
Perth Stakes victor Lucky Street has opened at a firming $1.75 fav for Trevor Andrews in the $500,000 Group 2 Karrakatta Plate 2YO 1200m, while the sizzling Sheidel for David Harrison is at a sharp $1.50 as it looks to extend its winning run to five on end.
Williams and Pike also team up in the $100,000 Listed Melvista Stakes 2200m for the three year old colts and geldings with Battle Hero ($2.30 fav) who is also heading towards five victories in a row.
With little value on offer, it could be a very difficult day for the “Satchel Swingers” with leading stand-outs breathing down their collective necks all day.