Ascot Preview & Best Bets – Saturday, March 11

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Ascot Tips 11/03/2023


Race 1 No. 5 KRYSANOVA – ($1.85)

We’ll jump into the two-year-old race early to see if we can pick up a cheap winner before searching for value elsewhere. No trial vision to go on which is extremely disappointing from the new Racing WA website. That’s fine, we’ll do it the old way. Trevor Andrews unveils his sharply bred filly off a trial where she ran time. Importantly the form is there too, defeating More Special who trialled smartly herself before setting fast times on the racetrack. Where there’s smoke there’s fire in these juvenile races and the corporates weren’t prepared to let her out at the opening. Has the breed, the speed and from a highly respected stable; Kysanova can set us on our way on a card that looks pretty even throughout.



Race 4 No. 8 ROCKSTAR STATUS – ($7.50) 

We may understand the fate of our ticket on ROCKSTAR STATUS within the first furlong or so. She is generally slow out of the gates, though does have the speed to muster through into a forward spot shortly afterwards. Did exactly that when Troy Turner clicked her up to lead and win over this trip first-up in Pinjarra. The mare ran a brave race when up to her usual tricks out of the gates second-up. Rockstar Status had to do a power of work to get up outside the leader before hitting the front early into the straight. She only went down narrowly that day in Pinjarra when claimed by a wall of horses. Fitter for two runs since, including over this track and trip when running-on late. Gets in well with the claim and a lot may depend upon the early mindset of Brandon Louis. We would love to see the pair up outside the leader to best utilise her race fitness.



Race 3 No. 7 VILLAGE GIRL – ($12)

Take the top-two in the weights away, and this grade becomes similar to that VILLAGE GIRL knocked off recently. Much to our detriment as we were on Finchy, who became the runner-up, Village Girl got her nose down on the line when it mattered. This was in a midweek race over the 1400 metres here which she stays too on Saturday. Village Girl managed to track much closer to the speed of what we anticipated. To her credit she fought back strongly when challenged by Finchy inside that final 100 metres. Lucy Warwick retains the ride for Takahide Ikenushi while the handicapper allows Village Girl to go around 2 kgs lighter for the win.