Local stayer Ranger will need to perform in the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes at Ascot this weekend if he is any chance of running in the Perth Cup on December 31, 2011.
The five-year-old will need to prove to his owner Bob Peters that he is still at top form this preparation before a decision on a 2011 Perth Cup start is made.
Ranger has been allocated the top weight of 58 kilograms for the Perth Cup 2011.
“Whether Ranger runs in the cup depends on how he goes on Saturday,” Peters said.
Lords Ransom, who is also owned by Peters, has been given the second highest weight of 56 kilograms, which has frustrated his owner.
“He has dropped only two points despite having been unplaced at five starts since he won the Perth Cup in January 2010,” Peters said.
Lords Ransom’s most recent result was seventh behind Playing God in the Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes.
Other possible Perth Cup starters include Battle Emblem, God Has Spoken, Kicaple, Elusive King and Saint Encosta.
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