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Weight drop might help regular runner-up

Trainer Fred Kersley is hoping Cappo D’Oro breaks his habit of second placings when the Perth Cup prospect tackles today’s Listed Ascot Gold Cup (1800m).

Cappo D’Oro is one of the leading contenders after launching his Perth Cup campaign with second placings at Belmont Park and Ascot.

The consistent stayer boasts a record of four wins and 12 placings, including 10 seconds, from 28 starts.

Kersley said Cappo D’Oro’s significant drop in weight — 5kg to carry 54kg today — would be crucial to his chances of a breakthrough win.

“He’s one of the main chances in a fairly open race,” he said.

“He has a bad habit of running second. He’s raced well without winning this preparation and it’s up to him if he can take advantage of the weight.

“We need to get his rating up to qualify for the Perth Cup, but we’ll head in that direction.”

TABtouch rates Cappo D’Oro a $5.50 chance in the Ascot Gold Cup. The six-year-old jumps from barrier seven and will be ridden by Chris Parnham. Royal Star is the $3.50 favourite.

Kersley also has Ihtsahymn ($16), the winner of the 2013 Kingston Town Classic, in the Ascot Gold Cup.

“His form has been good in short-distance races,” Kersley said. “He gets out in distance which should help.”

Steven Parnham will ride Ihtsahymn, who jumps from barrier 10. Kersley said In Love With Paris, the $2.70 favourite for today’s Ballpoint Construction Handicap (1200m), would need luck from gate 12.

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