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Ascot WA Tips February 23 - Best bets for Ascot horse racing on Saturday

Adam Cusworth in Free Tips 21 Feb 2019
  • 2 to 4 best bets for each Ascot meeting on Saturday.
  • Previous results included.

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

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Ascot Tips - February 23

Race 4 is a BenchMark 70 over the 2100m journey and COME PLAY WITH ME shapes as the one to beat as his third run back from a spell. The son of Blackfriars generally takes a run or two to get going in his campaigns and has run on well at both outings thus far, finishing 4th on both occasions. Apart from a 7th placing in last year's WATC Derby (2400m) he is unbeaten in all starts at 2000m and above and will appreciate the step up in distance on Saturday. The Adam Durrant-trained galloper will park behind the midfield and with enough speed in the race through the likes of Corporate Larrikin and Saxon Saxoff, he should be steaming home late. The 3kg claiming apprentice, Jade McNaught takes the ride and together the pair can notch up a win.

The feature of the day at Ascot is the Detonator Stakes and the Perth Cup winner, STAR EXHIBIT, looks to be the one, despite the drop in distance and the six weeks in between runs. He meets a number of those that he defeated in the Perth Cup, while those that have recent racing under their belt are facing steep rises in class. The stayer has some handy form at the distance range and placed at the trip earlier in his career and while he was outclassed in the Kingston Town Stakes (1800m) when on the Perth Cup trail, he does have a Group 1 placing in the Doomben Cup (2000m) to his credit. He has drawn perfectly in barrier 3 and with the leading hoop, Willy Pike on board, a win looks to be well within his reach. 

Previous Ascot Tips:

February 16

It might be a case of third time lucky for FIRST AMONG EQUALS, who lines up in the Listed Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m). After mixing it with with some quality performers in Melbourne last spring, the seven-year-old resumed with a 6th when getting too far back in the Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m) before somehow missing out in a head bobbing finish at nice odds at his last start. He should be nearing his peak at his third run back and can serve it up to his major rial in this in Celebrity Dream. Look for that pair to settle back and fight out the finish with First Among Equals just getting the nod, courtesy of his fitness edge. 
Result (3rd)

The Challenge Stakes shapes as one of the real highlights at Ascot and features a number of promising youngsters. The pick of those is CREATIVE HERO, who is one of three contenders from the powerful Grant & Alana Williams stable. He has had three starts and took out his Maiden two runs back before rising in grade and controlling proceedings over the 1400m at Ascot on January 30. He rises in grade yet again but with Willy Pike on board he appears to be up to the task. 
Result (1st - $2.70)

February 2

The Listed Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m) is the feature of the day and a number of these met recently in the Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m), which was taken out in dominant fashion by Misty Metal. The mare continues to rise to the challenge but may not quite have it on her terms this time around. The value in the race lies with FIRST AMONG EQUALS, who was a bit flat in that affair but should be an improver at his second run back. At his last campaign he narrowly missed out when second up at Group 2 level at Flemington in the spring and there should be more early pace in this race on Saturday compared to a fortnight ago, which should play into his hands. He meets Misty Metal better at the weights and has drawn well. 
Result (2nd)

Race 8 - 5:00PM FURPHY HANDICAP (1800 METRES) 
WESTERN KING steps out in Race 8 of the day and should be hard to beat at his first crack over the 1800m. The Grant & Alana Williams-trained galloper was unlucky when resuming then blew his chances by overracing when second up, finishing 9th at Ascot over the 1500m. However, he managed to put it all together at his latest outing, fanning out wide as they entered the straight before taking over in the dying stages to score ahead of Friarandice. His racing style suggests that he will appreciate the step up to the 1800m and with Willy Pike continuing to ride a plethora of winners each week, this guy should be hard to beat. 
Result (unplaced)

January 26

After a couple of luckless runs at his first two starts this campaign, FORCEFUL can turn things around for the Grant & Alana Williams stable. The four-year-old strung together three wins on the trot at his last campaign and battled from the wide draw when resuming before never seeing daylight at his most recent start, when finishing in 11th position, beaten just two lengths. He has drawn better this time around and the noted backmarker should be ready to fire. Willy Pike rides. 
Result: Won ($5.00)

WESTERN TEMPLE will go very close in this one after resuming with a 6th of 14 runners at Pinjarra on January 12 in a BenchMark 78. On that occasion he loomed up in the straight but just lacked the fitness to go with them at the business end, finishing three lengths from the winner. He has a solid second up record with a win and three placings from four attempts and races well at the track & distance. Pace to come from Wrinkly, who defeated him at Pinjarra. He meets that horse 2kg better at the weights and will be ridden by Pike. 
Result: 2nd 

The feature of the day is the Perth Cup and again it is another Pike ridden horse that will be out to rebound after missing out last time. ACTION took out the W.A.T.C Derby (2400m) in sensational fashion earlier this year, winning by four lengths and has given the impression that he has been crying out for the trip ever since. He has produced a series of nice performances this campaign by running home well over shorter distances and at his latest he couldn't quite catch them in the A.T.A Stakes (2200m), running a narrow 2nd to Mississippi Delta. He should be better suited this time around in the bigger field and is another that has drawn well. 
Result (2nd)


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