Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Saturday’s Ascot meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 9 races. Good luck, punters!
Track Condition: Soft 5
Rail Position: Out 7m entire circuit
YARDMAN has been little costly for punters of late having been beaten when favourite at last two starts. Drawn to get the perfect run in transit and going to put him on top again.
KEEP IT HUSH resumes from spell. He raced consistently last time in work and recent Belmont trial placing suggests he will run well.
MIAMI CITY comes into this ready third-up from spell. Placed in both runs this time in at Pinjarra and only needs to hold that form to be a factor.
BLUE EYED GIRL resumes. She showed enough with a couple of strong placings last time in work and recent trial should have her forward enough for this.
CHANTORQUE is a class filly resuming from a spell. She is unbeaten in both first-up starts and creating an imposing career record. No trials but if forward enough should get away with this.
ISEERED ISEERED comes into this in winning form with two straight wins this track. Drawn to get perfect run in behind the speed and looks major player in this field.
ACROMANTULA resumes. He won his maiden this track on debut and recent Lark Hill trial win suggests he can go close in this.
VADETTE DE STAR finished too well to win here on debut then just raced little flat when well held at Bunbury. She is better than that and expect she will bounce back in this.
REQUISITION held the fence up front here last start and finished too well last 200m. Drawn touch wide but if he can find a position early will give this a real shake again.
SIR MAMBO was placed here two starts back then pulled up lame last start. Will get ideal run in behind the speed and when he peels straightening will look winner.
SCOOTER’S MACHINE has been racing in consistent form. Won a couple in a row then since then has been racing well. Only needs to hold that form to be in the mix.
PINK ‘N’ GRAY has been placed in three of four starts this time in. No luck when always wide last start but still stayed on. If he can get better run will be in finish.
MISS CONTEKI looks a smart mare. Still looks to be learning her caper but she has won first couple this campaign on raw ability. She should win again.
NERODIO is a talented gelding resuming from a spell. Won two of last three last time in work and just missed before break. Given soft trial to get ready for this and from inside gate he will go close.
MOSCHARD resumes. Finished last prep with a strong placing in the G3 R.J.Peters Stakes. Drawn bit awkwardly but if he is forward enough can run into placing.
CRYSTAL SPIRIT has not been beaten all that far in his last couple. Finds a tougher task but could be on at odds for first four players.
Tip: MISS CONTEKI
KORANIS lines up for three straight. Dominant here two starts back then he started favourite here last start and again drove through for good tough win. Drawn to get ideal run and he can win again.
FINAL CHILL has been dominant winning his last couple. Like the way he works his way into the race and no reason he cannot make it three in a row.
CHIEF ARCHER arrived at the right time to win at Bunbury last start. That followed a couple of solid placings and if he can hold that form may sneak a place.
SHEIKH IT led them up until last couple of strides here last start behind Koranis. He pulled up with heat stress and if he can find the front here may take some catching.
RIVER BEAU did it tough in similar race here last start but still sprinted away from them last 200m for a good strong win. That made it two wins from last three starts and no reason he cannot win again.
GEMMA’S SON is another in winning form. Won with something in hand at Bunbury last start and that also made it two from his last three. Cannot leave him out again.
PLUTOCRACY was beaten less than a length behind River Beau here last start. Finds similar company and cannot leave out of multiples.
MONEY MATTERS resumes. His best form was early in prep last time in work. Has not finished any further back than second in three first-up tries and recent trial suggest he is ready for first-up tilt.
Tip: RIVER BEAU
Going to stick with PLETTO but she can hit a flat spot before the corner and needs to get wound up well before turn. She is racing well and if you can secure each way odds she looks a safe bet.
BIG BADA BOOM is creating an imposing career record. He won five straight before being beaten less than a length here last start when favourite. He will be a factor.
MISS MARIETTA has hit a purple patch of form with three straight wins. She needs some luck from her awkward gate but cannot leave her out of chances.
OUR IDYLL missed by barest possible margin in the Narrogin Cup last start. Drawn to get perfect run and would not be surprised to see her in multiples.
HOI AN just got too far back in the Karrakatta Plate and did not finish the race off well enough. Won her previous start and finds slightly easier affair here. Going to have something each way.
EX SPORT MAN timed his run to perfection to get up and win the Karrakatta Plate last start when big odds. Should get right run in behind the speed and will have last crack at these.
LIWA only just missed in the Karrakatta Plate last start. Finds similar field to contend with here and from ideal barrier she should get her chance.
FEATHERWEIGHT started a short priced favourite here last start and he got the job done over final stages. This a step up but he can measure up to these.
Tip: HOI AN
BILLY AIN’T SILLY has found a purple patch of form and won his last couple with ease. This looks a nice race for him to win again.
TINSNIP won here three starts back then not been beaten all that far in two runs since. Looking for him to sit a bit closer in this field and cannot leave him out of chances.
AMELIA’S CONTRAIRE was doing her best work final stages when placed here last start. She won at this track three starts back and this looks no harder for her.
HOLY GHOST is another that caught the eye last 200m here last start when ran into second spot. Drawn bit wide but watch for her to be rushing home late.