Ascot Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday October 18
Our form expert provides Ascot tips for today’s horse racing at Ascot Racecourse and gives his best bets.
Ascot Tips 18/10/2023
BEST BET 🏆
Race 6 No. 7 DIALLING – (2.80)
Joseph Azzopardi can afford DIALLING the run of the race from the perfect draw as the horse attempts to put back-to-back wins together. Dialling comes out of the strong form race behind Lord Lala when settling in just off the hot speed. Lord Lala gave a kick into the straight to prove too strong off of his own hot tempo. Forget Dialling went around third-up when he settled back in a race completely devoid of tempo. Punters knew the score as they sent him around as the popular elect over this trip at Kalgoorlie last start. He was perfectly handled by Azzopardi score and trainer Darren McAuliffe has placed Dialling in a race where he can go on with it again.
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Race 1 No. 3 MASAMUNE – (3.45)
Tactics will play its part in the opener at Ascot Racecourse on Wednesday and we’ll back Clint Johnson-Porter to get it right on MASAMUNE. This colt wrote his name into the #WABlackbookers file when bombing the start on debut last prep before getting home strongly behind Eliteone. He sat a lot more forward in the run and just couldn’t quite peg back Sass Machine who led without pressure while denying Ayumi who had every chance to get past. Comes out of the good trial when beating subsequent winners Insyde Success and All Play. Settled back before unleashing up the middle to look the likely winner over 1200m first-up. Masamune just peaked on his run inside the 100m and will strip fitter while coming back slightly to 1100m.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 5 No. 4 OCEAN QUEEN – ($7)
Brayden Gaerth claims his three kilos off a hard-fit OCEAN QUEEN for trainer Michael Grantham in a race with few chances. Ocean Queen over raced notably behind the speed when proving no match for Dun With The Blues over 1700 metres at Belmont. Settled well back while continuing to race fiercely under William Pike at her next start over 2100 metres. Ocean Queen still managed to finish off strongly into the placings behind Zaza Rock with the form from both races stacking up since. Grantham has removed the blinkers in an attempt to see his horse settle better as she comes back to 1800m. There doesn’t appear to be a great deal of speed on paper while Gaerth is drawn to give his mount every chance in the race.