Ascot Friday preview

Ascot Friday preview

Tip and analysis for Ascot (WA) Friday 10 April.

Ascot Racecourse is the major racecourse in Perth and hosts race meetings every week through the summer months from October to April.

Main event is Race 6, the Marjorie Charleson Classic over 1200m, and worth A$100,000 (R1.1 million). 

The race jumps at 9:55am SA time. 

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Race 1: 3YO No-Metro-Wins Last Year 1000m 7:20AM
Top Bets from the Experts

Aaron Mills BET: Win 1. River Beau (1)

He’s chased home talented types at his past two starts including Cliffs Of Comfort which continued on its winning way last Saturday. River Beau now drops into what’s essentially a midweek contest, draws the inside for the run of the race and goes up only a little in the weights while giving anything remotely capable of challenging him less than 2kg. Good speed drawn outside him should ensure he has it run to suit even if the Ascot surface again plays a little to leaders and over this short course I expect him to finish off the strongest. Not much more to say except I’m surprised we can get $3 early.

Racenet Selections: 3. At War (4) 6. Platinum Bullet (8) 1. River Beau (1) 5. Westernize (7)

AT WAR yet to miss the placegetters in two runs and amongst the placegetters last start running third at Ascot when fresh, perfectly placed. PLATINUM BULLET resumes from a 22 week spell and winner when on debut at Belmont, could threaten. RIVER BEAU short back-up of six days and drawn perfectly, in with a chance. WESTERNIZE just missed at long odds last start at Ascot. Has won at Esperance Bay and placed in all other attempts this campaign, quinella.

Race 2: Maiden 1400m 7:50AM

Selections: 10. Ginger Flyer(3) 2. Outlaw King (5) 8. Rhythm Star (2)

Plenty of depth to this line-up.  GINGER FLYER faded to finish on the winners’ heels last start at Pinjarra Park when resuming, a real threat. OUTLAW KING placed when unwanted in the betting at only start at Ascot, sneaky chance. RHYTHM STAR has two placings from three runs this prep and came on strong when just beaten last start at Ascot, the real danger in the race.

Race 3: 3YO No-Metro-Wins Last Year 1600m 8:20AM

Selections: 4. Sowar (5) 6. Ruby Jean (11) 1. Mercy Prevails (2)

SOWAR just missed when heavily backed last start at Albany on a soft track and gets the blinkers back on, has solid claims. RUBY JEAN winner of last two at Geraldton and Albany, don’t treat lightly. MERCY PREVAILS on a six day back-up. Has won at Pinjarra Park and placed once this prep, place hope.

Race 4: Class One Handicap 1800m 8:50AM
Selections: 8. Quintaro (6) 4. Sky Five (4) 2. Once Were Lost (10) 3. Rexford (5)

QUINTARO finished strongly to end up midfield last start at Ascot, will take the power of beating. SKY FIVE came on to finish midfield last start at Ascot and won once this prep at the track two runs back, in with a chance. ONCE WERE LOST coming off a win to break maiden at Bunbury when fresh and Brad Parnham has had success aboard previously, quinella. REXFORD placed once this prep at Ascot but faded to finish three lengths off the winner last start at the track on a soft track, place best.

Race5: Class One Handicap 1200m 9:20AM
Selections: 7. Wakan Tanka (3) 2. Point Taken (9) 10. Melros Beach (5) 1. Block Of Land (10)

WAKAN TANKA has three placings from seven runs this prep and finished in the middle of the pack last start at Ascot, well placed. POINT TAKEN in the money last start running third at Ascot and should race on the speed, in with a chance. MELROS BEACH has four placings from nine runs this prep and faded from front position to finish just off the winner last start at Pinjarra Park, needs the breaks. BLOCK OF LAND likely to race on the speed, chance to place.

Top Bets from the Experts

Aaron Mills BET: Win 1. Flirtini (9)

This mare is a jet first-up and it’s hard to see her getting beaten giving these just 4kg or less. She competed in all the top sprint races during the spring and summer including being beaten just over three lengths in the Group I Winterbottom Stakes. Flirtini has been tuned up with one trial as per her usual pattern ahead of a first-up assault and her tactical toe should see her settle in front or at worst outside the leader on a day likely to suit those at the pointy end. Her nearest rival, Angelic Ruler, brings good Melbourne spring carnival form however I can’t help but feel we will see the best of her later over a little further.

Racenet Selections: 3. Angelic Ruler (4) 1. Flirtini (9) 6. Festival Miss (1)

ANGELIC RULER first-up after 22 week break and won last trial at Bunbury, major contender. FLIRTINI first-up after 17 week break and placed when trialling at Belmont, don’t dismiss.  FESTIVAL MISS placed last start at Ascot and drawn the rails, strong place chance.

Race 7: Class Three Handicap 2100m 10:25AM
Selections: 2. Vintage Stock (12) 3. Western King (4) 8. Altamont (9) 5. Beanie (3)

VINTAGE STOCK finished midfield last start at Pinjarra Park and faces a rise in distance, commands respect. WESTERN KING generally strong second-up but ran five lengths back from the winner last start at Bunbury when fresh, could upset. ALTAMONT ran on strong to finish on the winner’s heels last start at Pinjarra Park and faces a rise in distance, don’t treat lightly. BEANIE finished a length back from the leader last start at Ascot on a soft track and faces a rise in distance, don’t dismiss.

Race 8: Class Three Handicap 1500m Class: 2-Y-O & Up, Class 3, Handicap 10:55AM
Selections: 3. Vital Blast (1) 1. Yulong Earth (6)

 VITAL BLAST has won at Geraldton and placed twice this prep, the real danger in the race.  YULONG EARTH let-up and trial placing in 44 days since last race adds confidence, quinella.

Race 9: No-Metro-Wins Last Year 1200m 11:30AM
Selections: 8. War Secrets (6) 1. Masquerade (9) 4. Angry Annie (14) 10. Trump This (13)

Looks a toss up between the top two selections. WAR SECRETS resumes from a 22 week spell and Mitchell Pateman has had success aboard previously, commands respect. MASQUERADE first-up after 23 week spell and proven first-up runner winning in two of six attempts, in the mix. ANGRY ANNIE back from seven week let-up and has the speed to overcome a very wide draw, don’t treat lightly. TRUMP THIS first-up after 29 week spell and placed in three of three at Ascot before, could threaten.

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