Ascot Preview & Best Bets – Saturday, January 28

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Ascot Tips 28/01/2023


Race 8 No. 8 PHANTA – ($4.80)

Chris & Michael Gangemi have reapplied the blinkers to PHANTA first-up as the training partnership plots to defeat How’s The Serenity. They are up against it as the fast mare has put two high rating runs together this prep. Phanta trialled comfortably without any headgear on when leading all the way at Belmont. He’s run some handy times himself throughout his short career and finds a big weight pull against the favourite. Hard to see anything else beating How’s The Serenity and we’re happy to look outside her formline. Phanta generally races better over further; however, the gear change has us believing that he’s sharp enough for this trip. The favourite yet to lump anything above 57.5kg to victory and she may be vulnerable to Phanta late.



Race 7 No. 4 NOBELLITY – ($9.50)

We mentioned NOBELLITY recently when black booking The Lady Is A Vamp who finished runner-up behind her. The Lady Is A Vamp has since come out to frank the effort as a certainty beat with the punters sending Nobellity around at odds-on last start. She ran a massive race under Laqdar Ramoly, going close to making back-to-back wins by setting a fast tempo in front. It took only one horse in a Saloon Bar to come out of the pack and chase her down on the line. Nobellity held the rest comfortably and she finds a similar race-shape here. Should think Ramoly rolls forward again from the kind draw, and Nobellity can give her rivals something to chase.



Race 4 No. 8 ZANZIBAR – ($12)  

Mitchell Pateman has accepted here with maiden galloper ZANZIBAR and while also being entered for an easier race on Sunday. Zanzibar could give this a shake should Pateman decide to have a go at this race in town. He began slowly under Holly Watson as has become somewhat of a trademark of his. Watson seized the initiative early to circle the small field and put some pace into the race. Zanzibar kicked clear into the straight with Watson attempting to keep her mount from shifting. He has only been lightly raced with the three career starts to date and was proving a handful for Watson. Shabalala did eventually pick the pair up towards the shadows of the post with the quinella posting a smart time.