ASCOT is racing this Good Friday as one of only two meets on in Australia.
The Grimcrack Stakes is the headline event of the day and there’s a strong eight race card to complement the feature. Let’s have a look at the races and pick out our best bets of the day.
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Race 1 – Maiden (1400m)
From three runs Tips And Scandals has never missed the first-four, and is consistently around the mark. This appears to be a winnable race for the mare, which confronts a field of horses that haven’t shown a hell of a lot over their careers.
Race 1 tip: Tips And Scandals to win ($4.80 at Sportsbet)
Race 2 – Class 3 Handicap (1600m)
Superstar Willie Pike takes the ride again on Tellem We’re Comin, who is undefeated aboard the star runner. The horse won well at the track on March 3 in stylish fashion and appears to be well placed to go back-to-back.
Race 3 – Class 1 (1200m)
Ramruey is second-up after a quality resuming performance and we think it can deliver here. The horse was only a length away from winning on March 11 and it will be fitter for that hit out.
Race 3 tip: Ramruey to win ($6 at Sportsbet)
Race 4 – Rs0ly (1400m)
New Time will speed out and attempt to win this from the front. The horse resumed in great style last time out, recording a strong 1.3 length win, and a second-up win in the past suggests to us it can deliver a back-to-back win.
Race 4 tip: New Time to win ($2.90 at Sportsbet)
Race 5 – Class 3 Handicap (1100m)
The resuming Denim Pack has great claims here. The horse has a first-up win in the past and off the back of a decent trial we think it can win from barrier four.
Race 5 tip: Denim Pack to win ($3.10 at William Hill)
Race 6 – Perth Stakes (1100m)
Driftstar just wins. The horse is backing up a 2.8 length debut win on January 31 and again gets William Pike on board. Hard to see anything troubling the Sepoy gelding.
Race 6 tip: Driftstar to win ($1.35 at Neds)
Race 7 – Grimcrack Stakes (1100m)
Filly Assetro is a gun runner that has a group win in it. The horse has only one loss to its name over three runs and it looms as a star of the future.
Race 7 tip: Assetro to win ($2.10 at Crownbet)
Race 8 – Rs0ly (2100m)
A drop in grade Perceptive Miss should be pivotal here. Prior to a last-start loss in much better company the filly had recorded back-to-back wins. A claim will also help Perceptive Miss.
Race 8 tip: Perceptive Miss to win ($4.60 at Neds)
Race 9 – Class 1 Handicap (2200m)
Magical Charm should end the card with a win. William Pike takes the ride on the filly, which has been in great form across its first five career starts. From barrier one it will be hard to hold out.
Race 9 tip: Magical Charm to win ($2.05 at Neds)