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Ascot WA Tips January 19 - best bets for Ascot horse racing on Saturday

Adam Cusworth in Free Tips 17 Jan 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 - January 19


Race 2 of the day is for the three-year-olds and FINAL HEARING looks to be an early winner for the dominant Williams & Pike trainer/jockey combination. The chestnut has had four career starts and claimed victory in two of those in solid fashion before struggling at Listed level before having a spell. This looks to be a nice race for him to resume in and outside of Caerhelan, there doesn't appear to be too many dangers. The son of Reset has has one trial in preparation for his return and wasn't extended in that. With the leading combination striking at a healthy 33% this season, he is hard to overlook. 


The feature of the day is the Listed Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m) and there are a host of handy performers in this one but I am going with one at a bit of value in the form of FIRST AMONG EQUALS The former Darren Weir galloper, who returns to Perth and the Lindsey Smith stables produced a series of solid performances at the recent Melbourne spring carnival and was unlucky not to register a victory, coming close at Group 2 level at Flemington, while at his most recent start he was a narrow runner-up to Cool Passion in the Kevin Heffernan Plate (1300m). He will likely settle back from barrier 1 and there looks to be stack of speed on his outside. The son of Exceed And Excel has an excellent first up record of four wins from nine attempts and will be very strong in the closing stages. 

Previous Ascot tips and results:

January 5

The fillies and mares line up in the Group 3 La Trice Classic and the one they have to beat is CELEBRITY DREAM. The lightly raced six-year-old wears the famous Peters colours and will be ridden by Willy Pike. She was strong earlier this campaign when taking out the Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m) then proved to be a bit costly when missing out as a $1.65 chance behind Fontainebleau in the Starstruck Classic (1600m). However, the daughter of Thorn Park can be forgiven for that run as she drew barrier 11 and was was posted out three-wide for much of the race before tiring late off the hot pace. She has drawn barrier 2 this time around and Pike should tuck her away in transit before launching late. 
Result (Won - $2.60)

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)

December 29

Race 5 - 3:25PM A.T.A. STAKES (2200 METRES)
The feature of the day at Ascot is the A.T.A Stakes and a number of these met in the recent Towton Cup (2200m) that went the way of Cappo D'oro, who led all the way off a slow tempo. The improver should be ACTION, who finished two lengths away in 6th position. He meets the winner 2kg better at the weights and with the appearance in this of Mr Alby and Persistence Time, the pace should be a bit more genuine, which should play more into the hands of those that get back. Willy Pike jumps on board the four-year-old and the pair should go very close. 
Result (2nd)

Race 7 is a BenchMark 78 and GET OVER IT can end a long run of outs by saluting at the each-way odds in this. The Lindsay Smith-trained galloper endured a series of luckless runs at his last preparation and resumed with a 6th behind Snow Lord over 1100m on December 15. On that occasion, he was very strong to the line and the extra 100m will help his chances. He has won four of 11 at the distance and performs well when second up. 
Result (Unplaced)

December 22

The feature at Ascot is the Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes (2100m), which is a key lead up towards the upcoming Perth Cup (2400m), and I'm pretty keen on MATERIAL MAN. With the Railway Stakes (1600m) winner, Galaxy Star, likely to start at odds-on, Material Man might be a tad overs, given that the latter finished ahead of the pair in the recent Kingston Town Stakes (1800m), finishing runner-up behind the flying Arcadia Queen, while Galaxy Star ran 3rd. Material Man has won three from four when third up and is no slouch over the trip, finishing runner-up to Pounamu in this race last year, while at his third run last campaign he turned the tables on that horse, taking the Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m). From barrier 1, he should enjoy all the favours and he can cause a minor upset. 

Race 7 sees the fillies and mares line up in the Starstruck Classic (1600m) and it is CELEBRITY DREAM that should be hard to beat. The daughter of Thorn Park claimed this race last year and is following the exact same path by coming through the Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m), a race in which she won last year and again a fortnight ago. While there is a slight concern over the barrier, Willy Pike steers the six-year-old and his mount should be able to slot into a nice trail early on. Look for her to run a big race
Result (4th)

December 15

Race 2 - 12:44PM MRS MAC'S HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
KAKADU was a tragedy beaten last start when I tipped him. He was first-up over 1100m and settled three pairs back on the rail, and when he tried to get clear he clipped heels and nearly fell.  He picked himself back up and kept coming and was beaten three-quarters of a length by Dam Ready. He improves second-up, looks better suited over 1200m and should be finishing best.
Result (unplaced)

ROYAL COMMAND absolutely motored home to get 2nd place last start and at his fifth run this campaign, he’s at peak fitness and ready to step up to 1800m. He ran the quickest 400m and 200m sectionals of the day (22.31 and 11.05) which is a massive effort considering the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) was held on the same day. If William Pike can get him into the clear a bit earlier, nothing can go with this horse and he’ll finish over the top of them. Her 200m splits from the 600m to winning post were in 11.83, 11.26 and 11.05 which indicates she was building well late and should be suited stepping up to 1800m.
Result (1st - $2.60)

FRIAR’S GIFT comes out of the same race at Kakadu and he was charging home from the rear to run near identical 400m and 200m sectionals (23.03 and 11.38) as Voodoo Lad did to win the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes. The only horse that went quicker on the day was Royal Command who we’ll be on in the previous event. Fourth-up he looks set to hit his peak, and he looks way over the odds at double figures.
Result (unplaced)


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