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: +7m entire circuit

Going to have something each way on OCEANZARA in this. Placed in her last couple of starts and she deserves a win this prep.

SHADOW SHIFTER is another who is threatening to win a maiden. Two sound placings leading into this and he will be in finish again.

SPRINGSURE LAD was placed this track fresh then only just missed when odds on at Bunbury last start. Drawn ideally and he should get his chance.

TRISUEM comes into this off a string of minor placings in this prep. Should get nice run in behind the speed and will have last crack at these.


HEAVENLY WATERS raced greenly but still proved too strong winning on debut then led them up here last start before tiring. Looking for her touch bounce back in this.

TOPPA THE MOUNTAIN was brave winning from on the speed here last start. He should make own luck going forward and no reason cannot win again.

STATE OF POWER showed enough in her only trial when chasing home Amelia’s Chant. Drawn touch awkwardly but would monitor betting moves.

BUSTERS FORCE looked impressive winning most recent Lark Hill trial with something in hand. Expect him to have support.


MADAM TORIO has been dominant from the front in her two runs back from spell. She has outstanding speed and can run them off their hooves again.

GEMMA’S SON has been racing in the top class and not been disgraced. Drawn to get ideal run and he will be in this for a long way.

STARFIELD IMPACT looked in need of the run here first-up from spell. Drawn bit awkwardly but she strips fitter and can sneak a place.

FLYING ARABIAN is taking on a hot race on debut but he showed above average ability winning a Belmont trial by a space. Big watch.


Going to have something each way on BEDOUIN BELLE. She has been racing in consistent form with a couple of solid placings leading into this and would not be surprised to see her right in the mix.

TINTO BELLE started favourite here two starts back and proved a touch too strong then she was beaten less than 2 lengths at Bunbury. Drawn ideally and can sneak a place.

SIR MAMBO has been placed in two of his three first-up tries. This race not beyond him and would not leave him out of placings.

UNIVERSAL PLEASURE gave maiden field a galloping lesson at Bunbury last start. If she brings that form into this she will be a major player.


COMFORT ME has been threatening to win a race like this prep. Beaten less than 2 lengths here last start and that form good enough for this.

AY TEE EMM came from well off them at Pinjarra and made good late ground last outing. If he gets some luck weaving back inside from the corner he may finish all over these.

NO APOLOGY comes into this at peak fitness third-up from spell. Placed fresh then looked a chance on the corner before tiring last start. Ready to show best.

WILD FUSION won here fresh then has followed up with a couple of close placings. Expect he will be a major player last 200m.


QUEEN TAKES KING finished better than any other runner here first-up from a spell. Sure to be better from the outing and she won second-up last time in work.

MY FAIR BALENTINE is racing in super form. She won with something in hand here two starts back then backed that up with another win at Pinjarra. Drawn to get ideal run and she must be included.

OUR IDYLL has chased home couple of smart ones at her last couple and she looks close to a city win. Gets here chance here.

SOWAR comes into this ready third-up from spell. Placed in first two back and he now gets out to his right distance range.


DIG DEEP seems to have found a purple patch of form winning his last couple after coming off speed. William Pike should get him some cover and if he can have some luck last 200m will finish all over these.

SON OF A GOD did do it tough here last start but still stayed on when placed behind Dig Deep. Should get a much better run from ideal barrier and can return to winners stall.

LORENTINIO looks the likely speed from his ideal barrier. If he can get a breather in the middle stages he will take catching.

BELLAS IDOL was not beaten all that far behind Ration Aly here last start. Will be juicy odds here but may run into a place.


TOMMY BLUE was sent out favourite at Pinjarra first-up. She sat up on the speed and finished too well for impressive win. Drawn awkwardly but can win again.

ABSOLUTE finished strongly to just miss in a driving finish when placed here last start. Drawn awkwardly but can feature in this.

INFLATION resumes from spell. He has been placed in two of his four first-up tries and he raced consistently last time in work. Must respect.

ALIEN FROM MARS finished the race off too well winning here two back then she weaved a passage through late last start. Watch for her last 200m.


Ascot R9 – Rating 72+ Hcp 1000m

17:20 (local time)

Did not mind the run of PLUTOCRACY here first-up from spell when just peaked on run late. Drawn to get the perfect run in transit and going to have something each way on him.

LEICA JAGUAR won three straight then has followed up with a couple of solid placings. Will get all the favours in behind the speed and can return to winners stall.

PEARLS AND PRAWNS needed the run first-up when did not finish the race off. Sure to be better from the run and has a second-up win to her name.

HOBOKEN was beaten less than 2 lengths here two starts back then found them too slick in the Miss Andretti. Back in right race.