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

Adam Cusworth in Free Tips 22 Mar 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.

See our free weekly Ascot Tips below:

Ascot Tips - March 23

The two-year-old fillies line up in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes and NICCOVI can run a big race despite drawing wide. She was a narrow runner-up in the Magic Millions WA 2YO (1200m) at Pinjarra two starts ago before dropping back to the 1100m, defeating Prim And Proper as a short price favourite on February 23. On that occasion the two cleared out in the dying stages. Prim And Proper has since claimed the Supremacy Stakes (1000m) at Listed level. Niccovi should have the pace to overcome the wide draw and if she doesn't use up too much fuel early on she will be hard to beat. 

Race 6 - 4:05PM GRANDSTAND CUP (1500 METRES)
The Grandstand Cup pits together some handy performers up against one another at Listed level and it is CELEBRITY DREAM that looks to be well placed. The Adam Durrant-trained galloper has won 10 of his 24 starts and couldn't quite overcome the wide barrier at his latest when placing 4th behind Achernar Star in the recent Bunbury Stakes (1400m). He meets that horse slightly better at the weights and has drawn much better. He should be nearing his peak at his third run back after a six week layoff and will be very strong at the finish. 

Previous Ascot Tips:

March 16

Race 4 at Ascot is a BenchMark 76 and the exciting ELECTRIC LIGHT returns from a spell. The four-year-old mare notched up five wins in succession in spring last year, culminating in a couple in slightly weaker class to what she meets on Saturday. She was a winner at her only other fresh run and should be ready to fire, coming off a solid performance behind Achernar Star in a recent trial. With Willy Pike on board, she will settle just off the speed and we can expect her to produce her dazzling final sprint. 
Result (4th)

Race 6 - 3:50PM NATASHA STAKES (2200 METRES)
The feature of the day at Ascot is the Natasha Stakes, a Listed race for the three-year-old fillies and it is ADORNMENT that should be hard to beat. The Grant & Alana Williams-trained galloper was way too good for a number of the rivals she meets again on Saturday when she defeated them in the recent 1000 Guineas (1800m) at Ascot. On that occasion she settled handy to the lead and burst clear in the dying stages to defeat Vintage Stock and Brelleta Five. A slight concern in this race is that she has drawn wide but with a number of these likely to go forward, the field should be strung out early on and Pike can find a spot in the running line. The daughter of Medaglia D'Oro gives the impression that the rise to the 2200m should suit and she looks to be one. 
Result (unplaced)

March 9

The two-year-olds line up at Listed level in Race 4 and one that can feature at the each-way quote is the Lou Luciani-trained PRIM AND PROPER. She won at the track and distance back in October at her second career start and was desperately unlucky behind Specialism when running 4th at Belmont before having a spell. Following the break, she stepped out on February 23 at Ascot over the 1100m trip and chased down the leaders in the straight before kicking clear with Niccovi, only to be out bobbed by that horse on the line. She will tuck in just behind the speed from barrier 2 on Saturday and with her strong finishing burst she can have the last crack at them. 
Result (Won - $3.60)

It has been a series of narrow misses for MIDNIGHT SKY but the Adam Durrant-trained galloper should be hard to beat in Race 5 of the day over the 1500m trip. She finished runner-up on three successive occasions at her last preparation and resumed with another narrow 2nd placing behind Turbo Power on February 23. On that occasion she was held up in the straight before finding some room late. She has drawn very wide in her three most recent races and finally she gets the low marble (barrier 3) on Saturday. Second up, and with Chris Parnham on board, she should be hard to hold out. 
Result (2nd)

Race 6 at Ascot is a BenchMark 76 and ROCKON TOMMY gets his chance to break through at his third run back from a spell. The consistent performer faded at his first run back before leading and just running out of gas late in the piece last weekend over the 1400m. He should be nearing his peak after those two runs and at his last preparation was a strong winner when third up over the trip at Belmont. The four-year-old has drawn barrier 8 but should be able to settle on the speed without too many concerns and will go very close. 
Result (Won - $7.00)

March 2

The fillies line up in the 1000 Guineas (1800m) and it is ASSETRO that should be hard to beat. The Adam Durrant-trained galloper took on the colts in the Challenge Stakes (1500m) recently and chased very well in the concluding stages to finish 4th behind Creative Hero, beaten just under a length. That was her first run in six weeks and should top her off nicely for a crack at the 1800m. The daughter of Blackfriars has drawn widest in the 10 horse field but does enjoy a bit of a class edge over some of these and loos well placed. 
Result (unplaced)

Race 7 - 4:25PM LEX PIPER STAKES (1600 METRES)
It is the three-year-old colts and geldings turn when the run around in the Lex Piper Stakes (1600m) and it is REGAL POWER that can turn things around after just missing out in the main lead up race to this, the Challenge Stakes. On that occasion, the son of Pierro was just about a certainty beaten, going down to his stablemate, Creative Hero, after being blocked for a run at the business end of the race. He has placed in his past four but gets the switch back to Wily Pike and has drawn barrier 2. Look for his to be prominent. 
Result (1st - $2.45)

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.
Result (4th)

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. 
Result (1st - $2.50)

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)


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