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Ascot Tips January 20 - best bets for Ascot races on Saturday

  • Best bets for Ascot on Saturday

Ascot Racecourse stages the feature racing in Perth on Saturday and we pick out the best bets to be backing.

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Ascot Tips - January 20


Race 1 - YELLOWGLEN MAIDEN (1100m) 12:48pm

PRINCESS ZELDA has found the right race to break through as she steps back up to 1100m. Her best run last campaign was third-up when stepping up from 1200m to 1300m where she finished 1.25 lengths from Superior Smile who won two races and finished runner-up in three before disappointing and going for a spell. She’ll be giving them a start but has a great finish and can come home best to score. 

Race 4 - TABTOUCH PLATE (1500m) 2:43pm

Friar Fox was unlucky not to win over 1400m at Ascot on debut but then impressed winning at the same track and trip in a time of 1:24.610 when running nine lengths quicker than his previous start. PADDY'S SHADOW won in quicker time at her second start and has drawn better while also coming down 1kg. Unlike Friar Fox, that was Paddy’s Shadow’s first run over 1400m and I’d expect her to take more improvement into this run. 

Race 5 - ASCOT AUTUMN MEMBERSHIP HANDICAP (1500m) 3:20pm

Taxadermy won his last three starts last campaign and resumed with a win this time in and will probably attract a great deal of market support for that reason alone. But his record at Ascot is poor and I’m keen to take him on with OLIVER’S TRAVELS who scored impressively here last time and should be at his peak with two runs under his belt following a 54-day break. 

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January 13


Race 3 - Iron Jack Plate 1200m (5:15pm) 

It’s a rematch from the 3YO plate on New Year’s Day between winner Cognac and runner-up STREET FURY. I believe Street Fury gets things in its favour here and can turn the tables. The three-year-old Street Boss Filly has only missed a place once in her seven-start career, that was a fourth two starts ago behind Arrum Boy and Rubia Miss. Street Fury got the box seat run behind Cognac last start but was just held up at a crucial stage of the race and by the time he got out, couldn’t reel in the winner Cognac. He maps to get the same run here and W.Pike on board is a big plus. Supreme Force is a Not A Single Doubt first starter and has shown talent at the trials and should get the favours from gate four. The race experience that Street Fury has should hold her in good stead for this race. 

Race 6 - Amelia Park Handicap 1000m (7:10pm) 

The betting for this race is dominated by Mantime ($3.30) and Belter ($4.80). The only other horse under double figures is Bounce Down for William Pike. Mantime was just nosed out in the same grade race here at Ascot three weeks ago after looking the winner at the 100m. I have queries about him here. He is a speedy type and can lead at a solid tempo over 1100m-1200m, however with a big field over the 1000m trip, he won’t get things his own way. My other concern is he dropped from 1200m to 1100m last start and now drops to 1000m here. The horse that I like is BELTER. He is first-up for 24 weeks and has had one win and one placing from two first-up runs. His trial at Lark Hill two weeks ago was very good and indicated to me that he is ready to go first-up. He maps well from gate five and should find a position slightly better than midfield. He’ll be giving Mantime a start but with the odds differential, I’m happy to be with Belter. 

January 1


Race 2 - 1:24PM CROWN TOWERS HANDICAP (1200 METRES)

I think we can start the New Year on a winning note here at Ascot with the three-year-old Hinchinbrook Filly RUBIA MISS. She was sent out a 15/1 chance last start but performed much better than that. She jumped and lead, kicking into the straight and looked the winner for much of the race. It took the classy Arrum Boy to chase her down in the shadows, scoring a narrow victory. The start before this, Arrum Boy was running third in the Listed Placid Ark Stakes finishing only a length and a half behind Ocean Jewel and Truly Belong. Two starts before that Arrum Boy ran only three lengths behind Perfect Jewel who since won the Group Two W.A. Guineas and ran a close-up fourth in the Group One Kingston Town. There doesn’t look to be a great deal of speed in this race. The promising Flash Of Thunder should push up from the inside gate. Cognac seems destined to do plenty of work from gate nine, especially if Yindi and Ascot Gold want to hold forward positions from middle gates. Rubia Miss maps perfectly. She can lead if there isn’t a great deal of pace, or sit just off them. She looks the one. 

Race 3 - 2:04PM TABTOUCH HANDICAP (2200 METRES)

A small field of only eight runners here and It’s the Adam Durrant-trained NEW AGE that looks the clear standout. Durrant was very patient with this Street Sense Mare, giving her four lead-up trials and not making her debut until her four-year-old season. Her five start campaign has seen her progress from a 1200m Bunbury Maiden to winning a Class 3 over 2200m at Ascot. She has won her last two races, relishing the extra distance every time. Two starts ago it was a step up from 1600m to 2000m in a four-horse field at Bunbury. It was a sit and steer job for Pike, who let her roll to the front and in nothing more than a barrier trial, won very easily by over three lengths. Three weeks later she went to Ascot and rose from 2000m to 2200m. Jockey Chris Parnham put her in the perfect position from gate two and the race was never in doubt as she drew away to win by 2.25 lengths. She maps perfectly again from gate two and Parnham can again sum up the situation and give her the perfect ride. Sophie's Revenge has won three in a row and looks a danger, but New Age is an extremely progressive type and should make it three on the bounce. I’ll be happy with anything above even money. 

Race 8 - 5:05PM TABTOUCH-PERTH CUP (2400 METRES)

The Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) is the feature race on New Year’s Day at Ascot. With a $500,000 prizepool, It’s no surprise we have another strong field to kick off racing in 2018. 


December 30


Race 1 - STERLING MAIDEN 1400m (4:18pm) 

For an Ascot Saturday meeting, this is an extremely poor race. The horse that is probably unlucky to still be a maiden is the Brett Pope-trained TOUCHED. She was sent out a $19 chance on debut at York and looked the winner before just missing out to Haya who then wasn’t disgraced in her next start in Listed Grade at Ascot, finishing only three lengths off the winner. Touched had her second start at Bunbury and sat on-speed. She was there to win in the straight, but was just out-gunned late. Staying at 1200m was probably the deciding factor, with the winner looking a little too sharp for her. I like the decision from Pope to stretch the horse out to 1400m. Touched doesn’t need to be anything special to be winning here.   

Race 5 - AMELIA PARK BEEF HANDICAP 1400m (6:50pm) 

This is a no metro wins race for the three-year-olds. I’m with the Blackfriars Filly PICASSO BAY. She was sent out a $10 chance on debut and chased very gamly behind the smart Illustrious Tycoon. She finished 0.7 lengths away in third and that looks the like the right form reference for this race. They ran the 1100m in 01:04:86 and the last 600m in 34:53 which is good time for this class. The jump from 1100m to 1400m should suit as she was left a little flat footed when they first sprinted over 1100m. Jockey Peter Knuckey stays on board and she should be able to do what he likes from gate four. Happy to be with Picasso Bay. 

Race 6 - SEACORP HANDICAP 1100m (7:25pm)

I’ve very keen on the top weight SHACKLETON here. The four-year-old Fastnet Rock Gelding is owned by Coolmore and Neil Werrett (part-owner of Black Caviar). Shackleton was formality under the care of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott in Sydney and It’s fair to say they had a big opinion of the horse. In his three starts in Sydney, Shackleton started $2.30, $2.80 and $4.80. This included on debut at Warwick Farm where he started near odds on and ran behind The Pharoah who has form around Arbeitsam, Interlocuter, Oklahoma Girl and Awoke. There was some issues with the horse and he failed to fire in Sydney. He was transferred to the Chris Gangemi stable in Western Australia. Shackleton had his first start at Ascot 10-days ago and sat on-speed and bolted in, winning by 2.5 lengths in an easy victory. There looks to be good speed in this race and I’m confident Shackleton can box seat and get the perfect run in transit. Both Vexilloid and Shirasca looks like nice prospects but the extra experience can give Shackleton the edge here. He promises to be a very progressive prospect.

December 23


Race 3 - MUMM CHAMPAGNE HANDICAP (1500m) 2:43pm

Hopefully third time is the charm having tipped REMEMBER BERLIN at his past two starts where he has been unlucky in both. Two starts back he was blocked for the majority of the straight and absolutely climbing over their backs when beaten three quarters of a length, and then last time he was caught three deep without cover and went down in a very tight photo finish. However, he drops slightly in class and carries less weight thanks to Kate Witten’s 3kg claim. The step up in trip is the unknown but trainer Simon Miller is one of the best in the business and obviously thinks he’s looking for further now. Has the fitness base to do it and breeding is the only query. 

Race 4 - STARSTRUCK CLASSIC (1600m) 3:18pm

Happy to back the Belmont Oaks (2000m) winner FONTAINEBLEAU to turn the tables on the in-form Celebrity Dream. Fontainbleau finished 3.25 lengths from Celebrity Dream in the Jungle Mist Classic (1200m) when second-up from a spell while the winner was fifth-up and at her peak. There was only .75 of a length between them last start in the Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m) and with a 1kg weight swing in favour of Fontainbleau, as well as being better suited over longer and getting closer to peak fitness at her fourth run this campaign, she looks hard to beat. 

Race 6 - TED VAN HEEMST STAKES (2100m) 4:25pm

The Kingston Town Classic (1800m) 1st and 2nd placegetters hold the key here. POUNAMU should be winning again seeing he peaked fourth-up last campaign when stepping up to a similar trip and comes into Saturday’s event at his fourth run following a PB in  the Group 1. Material Man peaked also peaked fourth-up last campaign which is why I tipped him to place at massive odds in the Kingston Town Classic. He’s run his big race and I can’t see him turning the tables on Pounamu who still has upside. The in-form Trap For Fools will find this much tougher and also has to carry more weight. 

December 16


Race 1 - HEINEKEN 3 PLATE (1100m) 1:24pm

FIRE AND RAIN was not match for Fairtrusive on debut but has subsequently gone to a midweek race at Bunbury and belted his rivals by 3.5 lengths. Fairtrusive didn’t have the best of luck last start but was a bit disappointing when clear. Fire And Rain should be stronger over 1100m this time and will take some catching from out in front with fitness on his side.

Race 3 - R.S. CRAWFORD STAKES (1000m) 2:43pm

DURENDAL still hasn’t won in Perth following 10 starts, but he won’t get a better chance to break through. He comes off a 3rd placing in the Group 1 Winterbottom where he loomed to win but peaked with 100m to go while Viddora went cruising on by. That time (1:10.06) is still four lengths better than Celebrity Dream’s best time (1:10.97) over the track and trip and she’s the $1.80 favourite. Both horses drop back to 1000m and again, Durendal has gone quicker over this distance at Ascot than the favourite. Durendal maps to sit in the box seat right behind the leader, and from there, he can finally break through. 

Race 5 - HEINIGER HANDICAP (1500m) 3:57pm

Touch Of Silver looks under the odds as the $3.20 favourite and may have to go back to last from the wide gate which doesn’t suite as he drops back in trip. WRINKLY led all the way for an impressive win last start but did peak near the line and should strip fitter for it. His times are superior to the favourite at the track and trip and from gate 1, he’s the likely leader and they’ll struggle to run him down now he’s at peak fitness.

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What Bets To Place at Ascot Races


There are a number of ways to bet on horse racing this weekend from a standard win or place bet to quadrellas and multibets. 

SINGLE: The most common bet. The single bet involves betting on your selection to win, place, or both (each-way). If betting each-way (see our guide for what an each-way bet is), the stake is doubled as you are betting on your selection to win, and also to place.

QUINELLA: A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners. To win a Quinella, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order

EXACTA: An exacta is exactly the same as a quinella. However, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the correct order

TRIFECTA: A Trifecta bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a Trifecta, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in a given race. 

FIRST4: A First4 bet is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a First4, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placegetters in a given race. 

MYSTERY BET: A Mystery Bet takes the guess work out of picking a Trifecta and is generated by the betting agency’s computer. The computer system will randomly select three runners and if they fill the placings you win the Trifecta. 

QUADDIE: A Quaddie bet, or Quadrella bet as it is fully known, is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings. A quaddie is betting on the winners of four nominated races, which are typically the last four races of any meeting, and is a very popular bet. 

MULTIBET: Multibets offer a great way to secure big winning returns on your bets as you combine various bets into one, and are proving to be an extremely popular way to bet. A multibet combines any number of bets from two to 25 into one single bet and dramatically increases the odds. 

PATENT BET: A Patent bet is similar to a three-leg multibet but is made up of seven separate bets: three singles, three doubles and a trio. Where a multibet requires all selections to win for a return, a patent bet will yield a return from just one winner.

ALL-IN BETTING: All-In betting involves a bookmaker offering fixed odds on selected feature races prior to the declaration of the final field. All-In betting on the Melbourne Cup, for example, is available for the better part of 12 months leading into the event. The risk with All-In Betting is that you will not receive your stake back if your horse is scratched.

Alternatively, follow our quick links below to learn more about the various types of horse racing bets.


Ascot Race Track Description


Regarded as the 'grand old lady' of Australian racecourses, Perth’s Ascot Racecourse is a well-drained turf track with a 300 metre inclining straight regarded by experts as the most severe test of stayers in Australia. 

Ascot is one of the smaller racecourses in Australia and inside barriers can be an advantage. 

Races are run in an anti-clockwise direction.


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