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Best From The West: Ascot – 18th December 2021

Perth closes in on their next big day being Perth Cup day with good racing on a ten race card.

We will start in Race 8 where the bottom one Written Matter is well placed given his rating.

The son of Written Tycoon has four wins from five outings with the only defeat coming in the Raconteur behind Graceful Girl.

Since a break he's gotten back on the winning train including last time when he dropped back to the 1100m.

He tried to take up a spot in that race but was trapped three and four wide and was then forced to come very wide on the corner.

Needing that 6 f now he is better suited right down on the limit for a stable in fine form.

Back to the Starstruck Classic and one mare can be forgiven after taking on a strong WFA race last outing.

Solaia second up wasn't able to sprint with more seasoned short coursers and faded to be last of six in the Scahill Stakes.

But her previous outing was a corker flashing home in the Jungle Mist. That could easily have flattened her as a result.

Remember you only have to go back to races in the last 12 months where she twice filled placings in the Sir Ernest Lee Steere Classic and Challenge Stakes alongside Western Empire and Kissonallforcheeks.

That is clearly winning this race back against the girls. The gamble we're taking is that last time was a bad sign but we're prepared to give her another chance after the resuming effort.

BEST FROM THE WEST

BET OF THE DAY: Race 8 #12 Written Matter @ $3.90

EACH WAY PLAY: Race 7 #3 Solaia @ $11.00


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