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Published: 21.12.2017

Ted Van Heemst Stakes Day Betting Offers and Tips

The Perth Cup is just around the corner. Held on New Year’s Day, it’s one of the biggest races in Western Australia and as such trainers do what they can to ensure their horses arrive ready to go.

There are a couple of key races used by trainers in the lead up to the Perth Cup. The A.T.A Stakes (won by Trap For Fools on Wednesday) is one such contest but the main lead up race is the Ted Van Heemst Stakes.

Renamed last year from the C.B. Cox Stakes in honour of a Western Australian Racing Hall of Famer, the Ted Van Heemst Stakes is a Group 2 weight for age race contested over 2,100 meters.

Although everybody involved will have half an eye on the Perth Cup, the prize fund of $400,000 available on Saturday is more than enough to sharpen the focus. So expect the eight quality stayers entered for the Ted Van Heemst to put on a great show at Ascot.

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Past Five Winners

2016 – Perfect Reflection, ridden by W Pike, trained by G and A Williams
2015 – Delicacy, ridden by W Pike, trained by Grant Williams
2014 – Elite Belle, ridden by W Pike, trained by Grant Williams
2013 – Ihtsahymn, ridden by S Parnham, trained by F R Kersley
2012 – Mr Moet, ridden by D Staeck, trained by A G Durrant

Two Wins in a Week for Trap For Fools?

Race horse owners wish for one thing above all others – consistency. Yes, it’s exciting when your horse upsets the odds or breaks a bad run of form but there’s nothing like having a horse you can rely on to keep the prize money rolling in.

Just ask the owners of Trap For Fools.

Still just four years old, Trap For Fools has an incredible 47% win rate from his 21 starts to date. As mentioned above, the most recent of those starts ended in victory in the A.T.A. Stakes on Wednesday.

There’s nothing notable about a Perth Cup horse running in one of the warm up races, but both? That’s a bold decision taken by trainer, Lindsey Smith.

Although some punters will raise their eyebrows at the call, Smith knows the horse better than anybody else and he believes Trap For Fools thrives off hard work.

If there is anybody who still doubts with Trap For Fools has enough about him to win the Perth Cup, perhaps another warm up win will change that and see his price for the big one shorten. For now, we’re happy to take $4.20 with Sportsbet about his chances on Saturday.

One Option Stands Out for an Each-Way Bet

Along with Trap For Fools, most of the money for the Ted Van Heemst Stakes has come in for Pounamu ($3.70 with William Hill) and the favourite, Material Man ($3.30 with Centrebet).

There is no doubting the quality of those two but we’re happy to side with Trap For Fools and are looking for a bit more value when it comes to our each-way bets.

Zarantz is one of those who definitely offers value at $8 with William Hill. The veteran has been successful in plenty of high calibre stayers during his career and may be about to peak for another big performance.

Adam Durrant’s seven-year-old was a little disappointing last time out when he finished fifth at Ascot at the start of December (in a race won by Trap For Fools) but Durrant will have learnt a lot that day about what tactics to employ.

Zarantz is well fancied for the Perth Cup because of his reserves of stamina. If jockey, Chris Parnham, can get Zarantz into a strong position early on, he may just be able to out-stay the competition in this shorter race and upset the favourites.

Ted Van Heemst Stakes Day Top Betting Tips

Trap For Fools to win at $4.20 with Sportsbet

Zarantz each-way at $8 with William Hill

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