Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Saturday’s Ascot meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 9 races. Good luck, punters!
Track Condition: Good 4
Rail Position: Out 6m entire circuit
THE FRONT BAR has been racing in super form winning both starts this time in and this no harder. She should win again.
ULTIMATE COMMAND comes into this ready third-up from spell. Beaten less than a length behind The Front Bar when first-up and that form good for this.
BOPPING BLUE showed good speed on debut before tiring final stages. Sure to be better from the outing and he will improve.
SNIPAROOCHY led them up at Belmont last start and fought on strongly to just miss. Expect she will sit in first couple and she can figure again.
Tip: THE FRONT BAR
DOM TO SHOOT has not been at his best in two runs back from spell but he is better than that and gets back in winnable race. Would not be surprised to see him show vast improvement.
COCKNEY CREW will cross and likely find the lead. Only claimed late in Group 3 company first-up from spell. Will strip fitter and he takes catching.
MONEY MAHER resumes from spell. Has won a couple fresh and recent trial will have him forward enough. Must include in place chances.
BELLA’S IDOL just did not finish off in Kalgoorlie Cup last start. He had been racing in consistent form previously and will make own luck rolling forward.
Tip: DOM TO SHOOT
TRIPLE MISSILE won in a canter first-up then he has chased home Wilchino at last couple. Finds right race here and he can win.
ALL DAY SESSION won a couple in a row then forget finishing position last start when held-up final stages. Drawn to get ideal run in transit and cannot leave out.
RESORTMAN resumes. He has won two of three first-up tries and two recent trials will have him ready for this. Looks major player.
SECRET PLAN won as he liked here first-up then placed behind a couple of smart ones last couple. Will sit off speed and have last crack at these.
Tip: TRIPLE MISSILE
NOWHITEFLAG started long odds on here last start but just did not finish race off. Putting that down to second-up blues and expect him to bounce back in this.
STANDOUT ROSE tends to get a long way out of her ground but she has been hitting the line hard. She will give them a start from the corner but watch for her late.
HOLY ENCHANTMENT chased home a dominant Apple Schnapps first-up from spell. Sure to be better from the outing and will be right in the mix.
BEAT THE BRO was placed at Belmont first-up from spell then started favourite last start and made good late ground. Drawn ideally and third-up ready to find best form.
THE FUGAZI just got too far back here last start and was disappointing. Previous form was solid this prep and can bounce back.
GOD HAS CHOSEN won with something in hand here two starts back and just missed in driving finish last start. Never runs a bad race and from perfect barrier he gets his chance.
SON SON resumes from spell. Led all the way to win when first-up last time in work and if he can get the front will take some catching.
SPEED DREAM is screaming out for a win. Placed in two of his three starts this time in and just needs touch improvement to be right in the mix.
Tip: THE FUGAZI
SCANDOLO finished too well to win at Kalgoorlie last start. Finds a similar race in town and happy to have something each way.
KENDEL’S MEE DAD won at Mount Barker two starts back then made some steady ground at Albany first-up from spell. Drawn perfectly and a must for exotics.
DEVINE BEAST has not been beaten all that far in her races but just finding it hard to win. Drawn awkwardly but can sneak into a minor spot.
SEMIGEL came from the back to win at Kalgoorlie two starts back then beaten less than 2 lengths last start. He is a must for first four players.
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MAROCCHINO has been a little disappointing in three runs back from spell. Strung together five straight wins last time in work and looking for him to find that form here.
MIDNIGHT BLUE powered away final stages to win the Gold Cup here last start. He only needs to find that form and will be in finish again.
BAD WOLF has been racing in consistent form but just finding it hard to win. Placed behind Midnight Blue last start and from ideal barrier he can place again.
TEMPTACION was poor last start but in saying that was not ridden out. Previous form was solid enough for this and she can bounce back.
ELITE STREET is racing in super form. Won all three this time in and looks ready for Group 1 victory. He is the one to beat.
GRACEFUL GIRL has drawn out in the car park but she will get back anyway and has been finishing her racing off powerfully. Watch for her last 200m.
WILCHINO is the up and coming mare. She is a free running girl who has drawn ideally to drive through and lead these and if she can get a cheap sectional will take some catching.
LONG BEACH is my longshot. Placed behind Elite Street first-up and with that run under his girth he will be right in the mix and can add value to exotics.
Tip: ELITE STREET
BERET led them up here last start and was never in danger. Looking for her to sit close again and no reason she will not be in finish.
APPLE SCHNAPPS has been on her best behavior in last couple jumping well and winning. If he gets away well enough he can win again.
LORENTINIO should cross and lead these. He has been run down of late but if he can get a breather before the corner may take catching.
CHIEF ARCHER resumes from spell. He has won two of three when fresh and from ideal barrier he must be included in multiples.