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Ascot Tips Saturday May 20 - best bets for Ascot on Saturday

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Ascot Tips - May 20


Race 6 - LEE-STEERE FAMILY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE HANDICAP (1200m) 3:44pm

JUST ACT NATURAL should be right at the top of his game here. He’s won two from two third-up, and although he’s technically not third-up on Saturday, he did have a 48-day freshen-up before his last two runs which were a win and a 2nd placing to the in-form Red Paddy. He loves the track and is best suited over this trip, and from barrier 4, he should get the gun run behind the speed before challenging in the straight.


Race 7 - D'ORSOGNA-ROMA CUP - 1200m - 04:19pm

A wide open affair but you had to be impressed with the first-up run of BATTLE HERO after he sat four deep without cover over 1100m at Northam and just kept coming. He beat a few of these home and had a torrid run so with second-up improvement imminent, William Pike going aboard from barrier 4 and a good record at the track and trip, he looks hard to beat.


Race 8 - WESTERN RACEPIX ASCOT HORSE OF THE YEAR HANDICAP - 1600m - 04:54pm

With a bit of luck from the wide gate, SOMEDAY ONE DAY looks hard to beat here. Last start winner Elite Flight brings good form into the race having won at the track over 1400m last start in a time of 1:24.06, and although Someday One Day ran three lengths slower in 1:24.57, he’s open to much more improvement second-up. Following two soft barrier trials, he enjoyed a great run and never really looked like winning but stoked up hard in the final 100m to claim the win. Extra trip second-up is ideal and he’ll be hitting the line strongly.


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May 13


Race 1 - CITY OF OPPORTUNITY HANDICAP (1200m) 11:57am

TOP OF THE CLASS was a very impressive winner first-up and there is no reason she can’t go back-to-back at the same track and distance and remain undefeated. Her times are better than Hallidora, Snow Lord and Sweet Ora are queries over 1200m and Storm Dancer is dropping back from 1600m after a freshen-up and may be better next time.


Race 7 - TABTOUCH HANDICAP - 1000m - 03:55pm

CAIPIRINHA is a super-speedy filly who led all the way at the track and trip last time and literally cantered to the line to win by 2.75 lengths. If she improves second-up, which she should, they won’t get past her. Most of her opposition have some serious detractors regarding poor first-up, second-up, track or distance stats – this looks an ideal target.


NOTE: take the first two in a 2-leg multi to get some value.

Race 8 - CREATING OPPORTUNITIES HANDICAP - 1400m - 04:30pm

1400m first-up is the go for JASPARA, and with the benefit of a soft barrier trial and a 1.5kg claim, he looks perfectly placed. Will need some luck slotting in from the tricky gate but can sprint strongly fresh and claim the prize here.

May 6


Race 5 - THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY WA HANDICAP (1000m) 2:53pm

What a win last start by the speedy REMEMBER BERLIN! Having led first-up over 1200m and being run down by Quilista, he then box-seated and scored over the same trip next start. He then dropped back to 1000m and missed the start and punters that backed him would have thought it was all over. But after saving ground along the inside and being held up before the straight, he dodged and weaved coming into the straight, bravely took a narrow gap, changed course again and scorched home along the inside to win pulling away and being eased up. Super impressive and I can’t go past him here. 


Race 7 - COMMIT TO CHANGE HANDICAP (1800m) 4:10pm

Although Verdello Blue meets last start victor TOUCH OF SILVER better at the weights and should improve third-up, it’s hard to knock the latter who is undefeated in all four runs at Ascot. He showed real grit and determination to get up last time at his first go over 1800m, and with that run under his belt, he should be stronger over the same trip this time.


Race 8 - PASSAGES RESOURCE CENTRE HANDICAP (1200m) 4:45pm

A very impressive barrier trial from the talented STATE SOLICITOR showed he’s on track to continue his winning ways this campaign. The son of Nicconi was caught three wide without cover in the trial and ambled up to them to claim victory while others were being pushed right out. The trial was the second quickest of the morning, and from barrier 4 on Saturday, William Pike can give him a soft run before taking over in the straight. Quite short but should be winning. One for the multis.


April 22


Race 2 - SCHWEPPES HANDICAP - 1400m - 01:03pm

FORSEEN has five wins to his name over 1400m and will be better served dropping back to this trip after trying to lead all the way over 1600m. He’s at peak fitness now and should get his own way in front.

Race 5 - YELLOWGLEN HANDICAP - 1600m - 03:03pm

SAKER ran a brave race two starts back when stepping up from 1200m to 1600m second-up. He finished 3rd behind Infathuated and Wayside before losing all desire to win last start when he was tightened for room and dropped out to finish three lengths last in a bunched field. Fourth-up with two 1600m runs under his belt he should be ready to fire in what looks an easier assignment.

Race 8 - D'ORSOGNA ITALIAN RACEDAY - 20 MAY HANDICAP - 1200m - 04:55pm

WOOLIBAR is fit enough to run a strong 1200m now and he has won two and placed two from four at the track and trip. Was caught wide without cover over 1000m last start but still proved too good. 

April 15 


Race 6 - VALE IRENE LUGG HANDICAP (1400m) 3:45pm

DENDEE loves this track and has two wins from four at the distance including a last start win in tougher company. She gets in well at the weights after the claim and should land in the box seat from barrier 2 before bursting clear over the concluding stages.

Race 7 - OLD COMRADE STAKES (1600m) 4:20pm

I’m going out on a limb and predicting the defeat of Man Booker as he aims for five straight on Saturday. He won over 1500m in 1:30.70 last start and goes up 1.5kg, while INFATHUATED wasn’t far away in 3rd place over 1500m in a time of 1:30.60. Infathuated drops 6.5kg on that run (and his last), and on weights and times, he’s the one to beat.

Race 8 - PEACOCK BROS HANDICAP (2200m) 4:55pm

A lot of these have very poor records at Ascot and that gives ROSEWOOD HILL a big advantage. The four-year-old mare has two wins and three placings from five starts at the track and is at peak fitness for a 2200m event following five runs this campaign. She was badly held up last time and probably should have won, but with a bit more luck from barrier 3 this time, she’s the one to beat.

April 8


Race 6 - REAL ICED TEA CO HANDICAP (1600m) 3:35pm

POLITICS has won two in a row for us now and although his last start win over 1600m was in a time of 1:38.05 as opposed to his previous win at the track and trip in 1:36.81, I think he’s on the up still and the last performance rates best. They went slow up front and Politics wanted to go quicker in his midfield position, and despite getting to the front too early, he held on for a good win. He drops 3kg, is at peak fitness and can explode to the front when asked to.


Race 7 - RACONTEUR STAKES (1500m) 4:15pm

VARIATION loomed up to go past a rock-hard-fit Quilsta last start when first-up over 1400m but ran out of steam and couldn’t go with the in-form galloper than has now won four in a row. That was at Bunbury but the pair get back to Ascot now where Variation has won two and placed one from three starts. Strips fitter for the run and can turn the tables with a 2kg weight swing in Variation’s favour.


Race 8 - SCHWEPPES-W.A.T.C. DERBY (2400m) 4:50pm

Going away from the short-priced favourite Royal Star and jumping on GATTING who loves the track. Royal Star won the Natasha Stakes (2200m) in 2:19.08, while Gatting won the Melvista Stakes (2200m) in 2:18.33. He outstayed Final Salute last start, and although he meets that galloper 1kg worse at the weights, the step up to 2400m should suit him better. Value is the deciding factor, and at more than double the odds of the favourite, Gatting is a value chance.

April 1


Race 2 - AMELIA PARK LAMB HANDICAP (1000m) 12:54pm

SNOW LORD is ready to peak third-up and will find trying to lead a bit easier with 3.5kg less on her three-year-old frame. Times have been good and I’d expect her to improve on that with fitness and less weight.


Race 3 - THOMAS SABO HANDICAP (2200m) 1:34pm

Despite tiring late to finish 2nd, ROYAL SUPREME proved the step up to 2200m was not beyond him. With that run under his belt, he goes into Saturday’s assignment fifth-up from a spell and ready to peak. William Pike can claim a race-to-race double with a soft run behind the speed, before throwing out a challenge.


Race 8 - AMELIA PARK-KARRAKATTA PLATE (1200m) 4:45pm

The extra 100m will suit the improving SEANNIE down to the ground. She simply got too far back from a wide gate last time and was steaming home when it was all over. From barrier 2 with fitness on her side now, she can settle somewhere around midfield, and with luck in running, she’ll finish over the top of them with 2kg less than last time.


March 25


Race 2 - AMELIA PARK HANDICAP - 1500m - 01:58pm

Well, INFATHUATED finally got the cash for us last week and hopefully everyone got fixed odds early before he was smashed into a short price. He’s backing up for the fourth week in a row but seems to be relishing all this racing. Last week’s 2.5-length win was ultra-impressive, he’s got his confidence up now, and although he has to carry a bit more weight in the same grade, he’s a big bull and the drop back in trip will cancel out the extra 1.5kg.


Race 3 - FIFTH LEG HANDICAP - 1200m - 02:35pm

I’m taking on the $2 favourite Blackline, and although my confidence is somewhat lacking, there is a strong reason why. Blackline won at Pinjarra over 1200m in a time of 1:11.08 and easily had his rivals covered as he cruised to a nine-length victory. MEGA MINX won by a smaller margin in 1:11.07 and was pushed out to the line. So Blackline easily has more room for improvement, but my query is how he will go second-up, while he also drops 1kg. Mega Minx is third-up from a spell and will be right at his peak while he drops from 57.5kg to 52kg. Blackline will try and lead from barrier 9 and may be taken on by More Aces while Mega Minx will stalk his every move with the 5.5kg less than last time. Blackline could just be too good, but on weights and times, Mega Minx is the value runner.


Race 7 - AUTO CLASSIC BMW HANDICAP (1600m) 5:00pm

POLITICS got the cash for us last time when he let loose with a scintillating run – he still has more upside and just needs a bit of luck slotting in from the wide gate to be winning. Goes up 1kg but is ready to peak in a near identical race. 

March 18


Race 1 - TABTOUCH HANDICAP (1600m) 1:14pm

INFATHUATED only missed out by half a length last time when coming from the tail of the field so I’m sticking with him again. Should be at his peak now and can break through for his fourth win at the track.


Race 5 - NATASHA STAKES - 2200m - 03:45pm

ROYAL STAR is a talented filly that just peaked on her run last time when trying to wind up from last. That run would have brought her on and William Pike gets back aboard. Drawn better this time – she’s the one to beat.


Race 8 - GET THE TABTOUCH HANDICAP - 2200m - 05:35pm

BLUSTERY is most consistent at the track and trip having won two and placed five from eight attempts. She hit the front too early last time before being run down, but with any luck from the tricky gate this time, she can add to her impressive record.

March 11


Race 5 - MASTER PLUMBERS AND GASFITTERS ASSOCIATION TRPY (1400m) 3:55pm

I’m giving INFATHUATED another chance here. He was great first-up over 1400m and then weakened badly last start over 1600m. The quick back-up suggests he’s come through the run well, and with blinkers back on and dropping to 1400m there is no reason he can’t bounce back. Some of his best wins have been when leading so with fitness on his side and the inside gate to kick off from, I’m hoping he tries to run them off their feet.


Race 6 - REHAU UNLIMITED POLYMER SOLUTIONS HANDICAP (1600m) 4:30pm

POLITICS peaked third-up over 1600m last campaign and comes into Saturday’s mile race at his third run this time. Barrier 8 may be tricky but he’ll be looking to slot in around midfield anyway. Veuve De Vega looks hardest to beat, but at value, I’m with Politics.


Race 7 - WORLD PLUMBING DAY-J.C. ROBERTS STAKES - 1800m - 05:05pm

FINAL SALUTE and Western Temple meet Gangbusters 2kg better at the weights here and both can improve significantly third-up. Western Temple weakened over 1600m up on the speed while Final Salute was doing his best work late so he gets the nod over the 1800m journey. William Pike aboard and he’ll be hungry for success.

March 4


Race 5 - VALE SID RICHARDSON HANDICAP - 1200m - 03:50pm

RED PADDY is probably the most consistent galloper going around in Perth at the minute and looks suited again on Saturday. The 1kg drop in weight and extra 100m to wind up from last look ideal, and with Chinetti setting up a quick early pace, he should get the race run to suit.


Race 6 - SCHWEPPES-ASCOT 1000 GUINEAS (1800m) 4:25pm

ROYAL STAR was a late scratching last time and has now had five weeks between runs but she’s all class and should be winning this. The daughter of Redoute’s Choice was very impressive winning last start when stepping up to 1400m with three weeks between runs. She hit the line very strong and was eased down nearing the line. Best of the day.


Race 8 - VALE BRANDAN THOMPSON HANDICAP (1600m) 5:35pm

I tipped INFATHUATED last start off a good barrier trial, but once again, he just looked like a solid miler. He has won three and placed two from six starts at the track and now gets to his favourite trip from a good barrier this time. He’s fitter now and can camp behind the speed and go bang with 1.5kg less in the same grade as last start.

February 25


Race 5 - LEX PIPER STAKES (1600m) 2:58pm

Fifth-up from a spell over 1600m with a solid 1600m run under the belt is always a recipe for an honest performance, and DUKEAZZA fits the bill. He was the beneficiary of the short-priced favourite, Royal Star, being a late scratching when he scored at the track and trip last start. Good early speed here should give him every chance to finish off strongly.


Race 6 - PERAK TURF CLUB TROPHY (1200m) 3:40pm

PATAPUS has great form around Royal Star and maybe didn’t handle the one-week back-up before running a brave 3rd against the older horses last time at Pinjarra when she jumped from barrier 16. Has a distinct fitness edge over most of these and can run a big race from up on the speed.


Race 7 - DETONATOR STAKES (1800m) 4:20pm

There’s no reason to drop of POUNAMU who has got the job done for us three times in a row now. He absolutely loves this track and the step up in trip looks ideal. The barrier is an awkward one but this fellow owes us nothing and is flying.


Ascot Tips February 18


Race 6 - CYRIL FLOWER STAKES (1200m) 4:00pm

DURENDAL finished runner-up last start for the third time in a row but he does look like the one to beat again. He meets his last start victory, Divine Calling, 1.5kg better at the weights and he should be getting the run of the race from barrier 2. Will be better for stepping up to 1200m last time and should be strong through the line. 

Race 7 - CHALLENGE STAKES - 1500m - 04:35pm

William Pike would have had his pick of the three Grant and Alana Williams-trained runners and has stuck with REGAL MOON. He also rode the in-form Amaliemoo to victory two starts back so he must have a big opinion of Regal Moon. She was really charging home late over 1200m last time so the step up to 1500m looks ideal.

Race 8 - STONE MOTHERLESS AFTER THE LAST HANDICAP - 1400m - 05:14pm

INFATHUATED has won three races since joining Justin Warwick’s stable and he only took the horse to Ascot once in that time which resulted in a brave win over Pounamu. He has won three and placed two from six starts at the track and has trialled up twice in preparation for this. He can speed over to lead from barrier 10 and will give them something to catch.

Ascot Tips - February 4


Race 2 - LUCKY ROOSTER MAIDEN - 1200m - 01:33pm

WHO’S THE GURU has his first start for the new stable and despite showing little to date, his 3.5-length barrier trial win was impressive. He just needs a bit of luck from the tricky gate to be winning.


Race 3 - AMELIA PARK HANDICAP - 1600m - 02:13pm

ROYAL STAR is the best of the day over in Perth and she can make it three from three. The daughter of Redoute’s Choice was very impressive winning last start when stepping up to 1400m with three weeks between runs. She hit the line very strong and was eased down nearing the line. Extra trip suits and she’ll strip fitter here too.


Race 8 - FIFTH LEG HANDICAP - 1500m - 05:20pm

A few top chances have drawn wide here but SHADY GRAY should charge forward and offset the wide gate. He was unlucky not to have won two starts back and then scored a strong victory last time. Aaron Mitchell’s 1.5kg claim will help, and at nice odds, he’s a top hope.

January 28


Race 1 - GET THE TABTOUCH PLATE (1100m) 12:46pm

Fred Kersley may have found a smart one in DEBELLATIO. The two-year-old Smart Missile colt won his first 950m barrier trial in 57.910 and then went quicker when winning his next (56.620). He came from dead last on the turn to win his most recent barrier trial and looked as if he was going half-paced. 1100m first-up on a big track looks ideal and he’ll be charging home in the straight.


Race 5 - SCENIC BLAST STAKES (1200m) 3:20pm

Although Volkoff defeated Durendal last time, the latter was unlucky and now meets his victory 2kg better at the weights. Having said that, Durendal’s stablemate, KING’S TROOP, appeals with far more upside. The winner and runner up beat him convincingly last time but as I said, he has more upside at his third run this campaign, and from barrier 4, he’ll get a soft run and can strike at nice odds.


Race 8 - AMELIA PARK HANDICAP (1400m) 5:15pm

SHALO trialled well at Larkhill and hasn’t missed the first two placings in seven starts at the track. The son of Danehill Express showed good early speed to lead throughout in his second trial, and when he was challenged by Wroughted in the straight, he kicked on hard to the line. He should be able to lead at a leisurely tempo and kick strongly at his favourite track.

January 21


Race 1 - GET THE TABTOUCH PLATE (1000m) 12:48pm

Darren Mcauliffe’s two-year-old filly MASSAGI was quite impressive in a barrier trial recently and can win on debut. She showed good speed to lead at a leisurely tempo and was never out of first gear as her opposition were pushed out to try and run her down. Had plenty to offer and can deliver on race day with William Pike in the saddle.


Race 5 - STONE MOTHERLESS AFTER THE RACES HANDICAP (1000m) 3:20pm

Some good early speed here should see CUANZO settle three pairs back along the rail before waiting to strike in the straight. There are a few other backmarkers that will start to swoop out wide on the turn, and I think that will give Cuanzo the best chance to get up along the rail and finish over the top of them at the last minute. 


Race 6 - AUTO CLASSIC BMW CHINESE NEW YEAR RACEDAY-4 FEB (1200m) 4:00pm

PRESENTATIE was a tragedy beaten first-up from a spell after missing the start by four lengths and starting to charge home before getting blocked for a run. If she jumps well this time, Pike can steer her into the winner’s circle.


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