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 9m entire circuit

BERET should have won here last start but she just got too far back before powering over them late to just miss. Small field here so she should be able to work into race and will have last crack at these.

KORANIS makes his own luck rolling forward and leading in his races. Has won three of his last four starts and meets similar field.

NOTORIOUS ONE finished too well to win here two starts back then he was little disappointing late here last start. Should get perfect run and can bounce back.

NO APOLOGY was making good late ground when placed behind Tinsnip here last start. In what looks an even race he can figure.


FIERY WATER pulled up lame when dropped out here last start. Placed behind City Circle at previous start and if he can find that form here would be right in the mix.

HIP WIGGLE looks close to a win. Ran into minor placings in her last three starts and from nice draw she should enjoy all the favours and have last crack at these.

BORN TO TRY resumes. She has been placed in two of her three first-up tries. Will be better when she gets over little further than this but would not leave out of winning chances.

PETITE LA FEMME is a bit of an enigma. She will settle out the back but has been catching the eye running on late in recent starts. If she can get off the fence and clear straightening she may run into a place.


FLYING MISSILE was sent out a short favourite here last start and once she let down she quickly reeled in leaders for impressive win. That made it two wins from last three starts and she can win again.

WRITTEN EXCEED jumped straight to the front and won his maiden in a canter on debut. Sure to be better from the race experience and although this harder cannot dismiss.

AIN’T NO OTHER MAN won here fresh then he has been good in next couple. Finds similar race and he will be a major player again.

ASTRAPE ran up to win here first-up but she just peaked on her run last 200m. Will strip fitter from that outing and a must for all multiples.


Ascot R4 – Open Hcp 1200m

14:19 (local time)

Really looking forward to this race as anyone of them can win. Settled on PHANTA who chased home hard here first-up but just could not reel leader in. Sure to be better from the outing and he gets chance to go one better.

CHANTORQUE is a class filly who was doing her best work final stages here first-up and only beaten a length. Fitter and would not be surprised to see her win.

HOW’S THE SERENITY won here fresh then has followed up with two close placings. She gets her chance to return to the winners stall.

FIRST LAW chased home the smart Son Son when placed here first-up from spell. Sure to be better from that run and he will be right in the mix.


PANZDOWN has come back in super form having won both starts this time in with ease. Dominant at Bunbury first-up then drove through last 100m to win here last start. Drawn ideally and top pick.

Forget COMES A TIME went around when weakened behind Panzdown first-up. He covered plenty of extra ground and entitled to tire late. He can bounce back in this.

CITY CIRCLE should have finished much closer than she did here last start. She was shuffled back in traffic before the corner and that cost her as she could never get close enough. Previous form good enough for this.

DRINKWHATYOULIKE won at Pinjarra first-up from spell then Panzdown just finished too well final stages last start. Third-up and she will be right in the finish.


SOME SORT was disappointing at Albany last start but may have had some excuses when Vet reported slow recovery. His previous couple of runs suggest he would be competitive in this.

ANGELIC MISS came from a mile back when placed behind Glasgow Girl here first-up from spell. She strips fitter and if she can sit a stride closer will be finishing all over these.

ISLAND CHARM did it tough when always wide here last start but she still loomed to win. Just peaked on her run 100m out. Drawn to get better run and cannot leave her out.

GLASGOW GIRL usually puts herself up in winning positions going forward. Won her last two from up on the speed and no reason she cannot control this and win again.


MAROCCHINO just keeps winning. Albany Cup winner two starts back then added the Diggers Cup here last start. Should be able to drop in behind the speed and will have last crack at these final 200m.

TRAP FOR FOOLS will lead these. He is the class Group 1 winner in the field and if they leave him alone for too long he may steal this.

FINAL CHILL strung together three straight wins this track then last start Pike just found himself in traffic and he could not get him going early enough to threaten last start. Look for him to get wound up earlier in this and he will take holding out.

MACKENZIE BROOK came from last to just miss the leader That’s Funny Az two back then forget last start when rider concerned with action and was eased down. Third-up and can bounce back.


PICCOLA SIGNORA just should have won here last start. Rider went looking for runs for too long before angling wider and powering home. Senior rider aboard and she can make amends.

SENTIMENTAL QUEEN started favourite here first-up and she did not let her supporters down with a dominant win. Needs touch of luck from her barrier but she is still a major player.

EURASIA is sure to go and sit in first couple. He has just fallen a little short in last couple and faded into placings. He will be in this for a long way.

GIFTED WARRIOR comes into this ready third-up from spell. Worked hard when placed behind all the way winner last start. Should get better run and cannot dismiss.


CREATOR is such an honest gelding. Brave from on the speed to win two starts back then he held them all off for gutsy win last start. No reason he cannot make it three straight.

TINSNIP had perfect sit before pouncing on leaders for strong win here last start. He will get the right run from his inside gate and with luck last 200m should be hard to hold out.

BILLY AIN’T SILLY is racing in super form having won his last three starts. Likely to drive across and lead these and if he steals a break from the corner will take catching.

BRUCE ALMIGHTY is threatening to win a race like this. Placed in three of his last four starts and cannot leave him out of multiples.