Ascot full racing preview & quaddie tips | November 18, 2023

Ascot WA betting tips

What W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes Day 2023
Where Ascot Racecourse – 71 Grandstand Rd, Ascot WA 6104
When Saturday, November 18, 2023
First Race 12:34pm AWST

The first instalment of the five-day Ascot Racing Carnival — known as ‘The Pinnacles’ — comes this Saturday afternoon, with a trio of three Group 3 contests and the $500,000 Listed Placid Ark headlining a bumper nine-race card. With warm and dry weather forecast for Friday and Saturday, we expect to be racing on a perfect Good 4 surface for the whole day. The rail will be pushed out slightly from the last meeting to the +2m position for the entire circuit, and the action is scheduled to jump at 12:34pm AWST.

Keep reading for our free race-by-race preview and quaddie selections for W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes Day 2023

Race 1: RTG72+ Handicap (1600m)

Bruce Almighty from the Neville Parnham yard has been a model of consistency this preparation, finishing inside the top four in all three of his runs this time in. Last start, this eight-year-old gelding crossed from a wide barrier and settled behind the leaders before taking over at the top of the home straight, only to be run over by Billy Ray in the final 150m. Chris Parnham retains the ride on Saturday, and from barrier one, he can give this son of Playing God every conceivable chance to break through for a deserved win.


Race 2: One Metro Win Handicap (1600m)

Special Sort is absolutely flying. The Adam Durrant-trained gelding was a dominant winner at this track and trip last start, where Clint Johnston-Porter settled this guy behind the speed and allowed him to go through his gears to take the lead and run away with a 1.2-length victory. This son of My Admiration will be seeking his fifth win in a row on Saturday, and even though he has to carry 60kg and jump from an awkward barrier, the abundance of speed and lack of quality in this race should offset those negatives.


Best Bet

Race 2 – Silk #2 Special Sort (6)

4yo Gelding | T: Adam Durrant | J: Clint Johnston-Porter (60kg)

+210 with Betfair

Race 3: RTG66+ Handicap (1400m)

The Neville Parnham-trained Demolish had run in 10 straight races over 1600m or further before returning in a 1200m contest first-up for this preparation, where he was very good from the back of the field but was just beaten by a fitter horse. Now that he is second-up and stepping up in distance to 1400m on Saturday, this four-year-old gelding should improve again. There appears to be no speed in this race, and from barrier 11, Steven Parnham can push forward, settle outside the lead and give Demolish a soft run at the front of the field.


Race 4: Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m)

In the R.J. Peters Stakes, it is hard to go past the top-weight and race favourite Alsephina from the Grant & Alana Williams stable. Last start, this five-year-old mare was beaten for the first time in her last seven runs, which was also her first defeat when fresh throughout her career. However, with the benefit of a run under her belt and the need to win this race to get into the Group 1 Railway Stakes next weekend, the lethal combination of William Pike and Team Williams should have this girl in perfect condition and ready to win.


R.J. Peters Stakes

Race 4 – Silk #1 Alsephina (4)

5yo Mare | T: Grant & Alana Williams | J: William Pike (59kg)

+170 with Boombet

Race 5: Group 3 W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m)

The Grant & Alana Williams-trained Keshi Boom appears to be a very smart filly on the rise after beating Super Smink in the Listed Burgess Queen Stakes last start. This daughter of Spirit Of Boom opened as an odds-on favourite for the 2023 W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes, and she looks to be the best horse in the race by a margin. After running straight past the race favourite last start, this girl bounded away to record an arrogant 1.3-length victory at her first metropolitan run. With even luck, Keshi Boom should prove too classy for this lot.


W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes

Race 5 – Silk #3 Keshi Boom (5)

3yo Filly | T: Grant & Alana Williams | J: William Pike (55.5kg)

-222.22 with Neds

Race 6: Listed Jungle Mist Classic (1200m)

Rusty Dreams returned from a 17-week spell in a RTG78+ Handicap last start at this track and trip, and even though she didn’t win, the four-year-old mare was clearly the run of the race. The leaders set a breakneck tempo and held a four-length lead over the rest of the field at the home bend; however, this daughter of Universal Ruler ran home the strongest of any backmarker to finish third, beaten by just under a length. There appears to be a lot of speed in this race, and if Chris Parnham can settle towards the rear of the field and allow Rusty Dreams to let rip with a similar finishing burst, she will be running over the top of the leaders late.


Next Best Bet

Race 6 – Silk #4 Rusty Dreams (12)

4yo Mare | T: Michael Lane | J: Chris Parnham (56.5kg)

+340 with Dabble

Race 7: Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m)

After two luckless runs at Listed and Group 3 level, the Dion Luciani-trained My Bella Mae gets a chance to break through for an overdue win in the Colonel Reeves Stakes. This four-year-old mare settled midfield last start and got no luck around the home turn, so Patrick Carbery had to wait for a gap to appear between runners. When she got clear, this daughter of Deep Field let down with a strong finishing burst but couldn’t pick the leading pack, finishing fifth. Barrier one isn’t ideal, but if she can jump well from the barrier, hold the box seat and get an ounce of luck at the top of the straight, My Bella Mae will play a prominent role in the finish.


Colonel Reeves Stakes

Race 7 – Silk #6 My Bella Mae (2)

4yo Mare | T: Dion Luciani | J: Patrick Carbery (56.5kg)

+360 with PendleburyBet

Race 8: Listed Placid Ark Stakes (1200m)

Simon Miller will have three runners in the Placid Ark Stakes, and the last-start Listed Belgravia Stakes runner-up appears to be his best chance. Augment looked the winner with 150m to go in the Belgravia as she loomed up on the outside of the leader, but she was run over by a smart winner in Super Smink. With the other market fancies drawing wide barriers, Patrick Carbery can settle close to the speed from barrier five and give Augment a more economical run than her main rivals. If the Exceed And Excel filly can get a clear run from the 300m mark, she will prove very hard to hold out.


Placid Ark Stakes

Race 8 – Silk #12 Augment (4)

3yo Filly | T: Simon Miller | J: Patrick Carbery (54.5kg)

+320 with Picklebet

Race 9: RTG72+ Handicap (1200m)

Rear Admiral was overhauled late in a RTG66+ Handicap at this track and trip on November 4, where he didn’t give much of a kick at the top of the home straight and just battled on to finish third. With the benefit of that tough on-speed run when fresh, the Sean & Jake Casey-trained galloper should be nearing peak fitness. From barrier five, this daughter of Astern will push forward and most likely settle in the one-one position. If Jordan Turner can hold her up for one final sprint in the final 200m, Rear Admiral should be hard to run down.


Ascot Saturday quaddie tips – W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes Day 2023

Ascot quadrella selections

Saturday, November 18, 2023

  1. 4-7
  2. 1-4-5-6-8
  3. 3-4-12-14
  4. 2-6-7-13

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