With the scratching of the impressive Fitzpatrick Plate victor Dream Lifter coming out of the sixth, the “viewing spectacle” race at Ascot tomorrow now points towards the thrilling showdown between two of WA’s promising young sprinters with Sheidel ($2.40 fav) and Rebel King ($2.90) going head to head in the Classic Meats HCP BM78+ 1000m.
Ironically born on the same day (25th September 2011) the slick duo face off for the second time in a return bout, with Rebel King for Darren McAuliffe holding bragging rights over Sheidel when it beat the filly by a mere short half head at Belmont Park last June.
It was one of only two career blemishes for the David Harrison prepared daughter of Holy Roman Emperor, who has since gone on to record five devastating victories on end at summer racing headquarters this time in.
Rebel King on the other hand carved them up last winter at Belmont, stringing together four wins in a row with Sheidel the only challenger getting within 1 ¼ lengths of the Universal King gelding.
With irony continuing, Rebel King failed at its only look at Ascot last October after being pushed wide to the turn and pulling up a surprising second last behind the classy Disposition.
Both like to push forward and William Pike gets the best opportunity to lead from barrier two with Rebel King, while Pat Carbery shouldn’t be too concerned after drawing widest (barrier 11) with Sheidel who is likely to sit outside its major rival to apply the necessary pressure.
Tossing a coin here, but wouldn’t a dead heat be – should I say it – “Ironic”…
Earlier in the program, the Jamies Italian Perth 3YO HCP 1600m will also have punters guessing with five of the eight runners opening at $6.00 or less on the fixed odds market.
Muskets At Dawn ($3.80 fav) for Simon Miller leads the way – closely followed by second elect Lunar Eclipse ($4.00), Properantes ($4.40) together with Tiger Red ($4.40), and Liberty Rise ($6.00).
So who will win this raffle ? – Properantes for mine in a close one…