Good luck to our partners today when Ihtsahymn runs in the group 2 CB Cox Stakes at Ascot.
News Story from the West Australian
An improved last-start performance and ideal barrier draw have given trainer Fred Kersley a confidence boost ahead of Ihtsahymn’s tilt at the $250,000 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) at Ascot.
Despite struggling to recapture his best form after a taxing three-year-old campaign, Ihtsahymn showed positive signs in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) last Saturday week.
The reigning WA horse of the year was forced back to last from barrier 14, but hit the line strongly when eighth, beaten three lengths behind Moriarty.
The winner of last year’s WA Guineas (1600m), Kingston Town Classic and Cox Stakes fared well when drawing barrier six for Saturday’s feature.
Steven Parnham jumps back on the four-year-old after electing to ride Guineas winner Rommel in the Kingston Town. Paul Harvey, who filled in on Ihtsahymn, has been booked to ride the Dan Morton-trained Strike The Stars.
“He’s clearly struggling to find his best form,” Kersley said.”We live in hope in this game. “His last run was reasonably good. He made up a lot of late ground.
“His trackwork suggests he’ll run a good race and the barrier certainly does help. “He’s proven over ground and the 2100 should work in his favour.
“It’s just a question whether he can get back to his best.”
Ihtsahymn will become the first back-to-back winner of the Cox Stakes since Tropical Chief in 1975-76 if successful on Saturday.
Kersley said the Ihtiram gelding was likely to progress to the $500,000 Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m) on January 1.
“If he runs a good race he will,” Kersley said. “We’d like to go to the cup.”
Ihtsahymn is a $10 Cox Stakes chance with the TAB.