Form analyst, RIC CHAPMAN, previews Saturday’s Ascot meeting with horse racing tips and analysis for all nine races on the card, including the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes. Good luck, punters!

Track Condition: Good 4

Rail Position: Out 4m, entire circuit

Ascot R1 – RTG78+ Hcp 1500m

12:24 (Local WA time)

ABDICATOR gets a 2kg claim here and is in terrific form. Won similar race last start and must be considered. COCKNEY CREW looks perfectly placed. Is in the best form of career winning two of three starts this time up. Gets a claim. Gets the best draw and looks the play. WESTERN TEMPLE has wheels late and can dash for a place.


DOWNFORCE has returned in outstanding form winning both starts this time up. Drawn the rails. is fast and looks a top chance. LEVITATE is an up and coming type who is improving every run. Probably sits just behind speed and runs home hard in this. PUT A SPELL ON YOU sat just off speed when winning her maiden here, narrowly on debut. Big class rise but knows how to win.


FIRE AND RAIN has an awkward draw here and is resuming. But, goes very well this grade and certain to sit off them and try to run on hard late. EXCISE FREE is up in class but has won his past three on the bounce and is perfectly drawn here. REBEL KNIGHT is strong and is 2nd up here after an eye-catching 2nd this class when resuming. Runs home hard. Chance to do so.


ROYAL COMMAND is yet another Peters Investment galloper roaring his way through the grades. And like them, he gets back and runs home hard. is better than these and should make light of his big weight. SCINTILLATING has the rails draw and that will keep him competitive all the way. BRITISH BESSY is up in class here but did win in good style last start. Place show.


Given how this race will be run, TAXAGANO should be hard to beat again. Has won two of past four starts and is very strong late. SPIRITUAL WARRIOR should take catching. Likes to lead and after winning three in a row, he carried big weight and led but was gunned down late by Taxagano last start. Meets him 2kg better. PRIZE CATCH will appreciate the drop in grade here. Form hasn’t been good for a while but can improve here.


The 1.5kg weight allowance will surely help the inform SIR MAMBO. Especially as he’s drawn deep. Has won two of past three starts at this level. NOT TO BE MIST is also out in the car park. Has the top jock on, did win terrific lead-up to this and can finish. NERODIO won four straight and has run 3rd at past three runs this company. Very consistent and tough.


Good and fascinating field. Since leaving Ciaron Maher’s stable, MR GENOA is unbeaten in three WA starts. He likes to lead and from this inside gate has a great opportunity to do so. Should take catching. READ THE RIOT ACT is talented and very consistent. Is 2nd up here and when last in work scored when 2nd up. Drawn to get the run of the race. CONCRETE MADAME won three on the bounce and was solid 2nd last start. Is fit and in form. Big danger.


TREKKING should win. He is the best horse. He is the most consistent horse. He has about the best draw and he is very fit. Only bad luck knocks him off. His stablemates will battle away for the minors they being HOME OF THE BRAVE and VIRIDINE. Looks like a James Cumming trifecta coming up. Both are fit and can run time. Respect. Local star VITAL SILVER is very honest and he can run on strongly late.

Tip: 1.TREKKING, 2. Home Of The Brave, 3. Viridine, 4. Vital Silver

Ascot R9 – 1MW Hcp 1200m

17:30 (Local time)

Tough race to end the day. HEART OF COEUR is back in form and that is key here. Good win last start and gets a welcome 1.5kg weight allowance. STORMY RULER has won past two in the bush. Drawn well enough and looks up to this. MEGAZONE is an honest type. Placed last start in a similar race.