|Where||Ascot Racecourse – 71 Grandstand Road, Perth WA 6104|
|When||Saturday, February 19, 2022|
|First Race||12:37pm AWST|
|Feature Race||Race 8: Listed Detonator Stakes (1800m)|
HorseBetting’s WA racing analyst brings you his best bets and quaddie numbers for the Ascot meeting on Saturday afternoon, along with a pick in the Listed Detonator Stakes. The track is rated a Good 4, the rail is out 12m for the entire course, and the first of nine races will jump at 12:37pm AWST.
Detonator Stakes – Platoon
Platoon brings the best form into Saturday’s feature after running in Group 1 races of the Perth Summer Carnival. The Neville Parnham-trained six-year-old ran second behind Regal Power over 2100m at Group 2 level, before finishing third in the Perth Cup on January 1. He’s now six weeks between runs and back to 1800m, where he has won in the past. The son of Praying God should get a good run from barrier seven under Steven Parnham and prove too good for his rivals.
Best Bet – Spin The Knife
Three-year-old gelding Spin The Knife looks to have panels on his rivals, as he drops back to a 3YO Handicap after finishing fifth in the 3YO Magic Millions Trophy at Pinjarra last start. The son of Snippetson has won three of his eight races and has a very good record over 1000m, so we expect to see him relish the step back in trip. Drawn in barrier one, apprentice hoop Holly Watson will take the Luke Fernie-trained youngster to the front, and with the 3kg claim, he should prove hard to run down.
Next Best – My Baby Blue Jean
Adam Durrant saddles up the very promising My Baby Blue Jean in what will be the three-year-old fillies fourth career start. The filly by Snippetson has won her past two races, after running third on debut at Belmont. The speedy chestnut will make her own luck in front under Clint Johnston-Porter, and should have too much zip for her rivals over 1100m with only 55.5kg on her back. She won a $70,000 3YO Plate last time out, so we expect her to be too good in a One Metro Wins Handicap. She can extend the winning streak to three.
Best Value – Our Norman
Winning form is good form, and that is exactly what Our Norman brings to this 2200m Rating 66+ Handicap. The four-year-old son of Trade Fair has been too good for his rivals in his past two, leading most of the way in both runs over 1800m and 2000m respectively, before proving too strong late. Off this gelding’s most recent all-the-way win, he drops 1kg in weight and stretches out to 2200m for the first time, but we think it should suit him. Trainer Chris Willis has kept Troy Turner in the saddler, so that’s a big tick, while he should be able to find the front from barrier six and prove hard to catch with the rail out 12m.
Saturday quaddie numbers for Ascot
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