The early money suggests that the punters are siding with class to win the feature at Ascot this Monday, the Perth Cup (2400m).
Material Man, like several key runners here, come through the Ted Van Heemst. He attempted to lead all the way under Lucy Warwick and gave a really good kick but he couldn’t hold out Pounamu ($5.50). He gets the weight pull on that runner and maps super, so no surprise to see him firm to $4.20 from $4.40 and is now the outright favourite over the form stayer of WA racing, Trap For Fools, who is at $4.40 after opening $4.20.
Royal Star was a major flop behind Trap For Fools last time out but punters think she can bounce back. There has been interest for her, into $7.50 from $8.50. Zarantz was the real eye catcher behind Pounamu but he has been the key early drifter, out to $12 from $10.