Race 1 – 12:18PM TABTOUCH WESTSPEED PLATINUM MAIDEN (1600 METRES)
GLAMOURESQUE can get us on the board early. Thought she could win at her first outing for Colin Webster last start, but after drifting well back and getting held up behind tiring runners, she made nice late ground. Expecting her to land closer from this low draw though, and with a nice smother in transit she can let down strongest. REDMILL is backing up after a brave Narrogin effort last Friday, breezing outside leader and boxing on under 60kg. Should find the front and give a kick. DIAMOND TRADE and TRADE FAIR EXPRESS have obvious winning claims, but have had their share of chances already.
Suggested: 8. GLAMOURESQUE win.
6. DIAMOND TRADE
1. TRADE FAIR EXPRESS
Race 2 – 12:57PM JOHN BEESLEY LEAPLING BIRTHDAY MAIDEN (1200 METRES)
Plain old start to Ascot 1000 Guineas Day with two maidens to kick us off, but this event does look set up for PERFECT HARMONY. Was always in strife after getting crossed early last week, but once clear and balanced up, she hit the line with strength. Hoping she begins well enough to lead from gate one, but should still take some beating even if she lands box seat. No surprise to see GINGER MACK roll forward and give this a shake. Was good last start and 1200m suits better. CITY CENTRE could find the front and control things from there, while THE HONEYMAN will get back and run on hard.
Suggested: 6. PERFECT HARMONY win.
6. PERFECT HARMONY
2. GINGER MACK
5. CITY CENTRE
1. THE HONEYMAN
Race 3 – 1:37PM SEPPELT WINES HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Reasonable short-course handicap this, with six of the eight capable of winning. Ended up siding with FLOYD to end a long drought, with his first-up effort behind Flower Of War and Valour Road simply too good to ignore. Huge in defeat on that occasion, races best at the 1000m and Gangemi Racing returned to winning form with Shinju last Saturday. PLUTOCRACY got the win he so thoroughly deserved this track/distance last time. Seems to prefer galloping room, so the outside alley does suit, and he goes close. Can’t fault the form of CHIX PIC this prep, while BELTER at his best can impact.
Suggested: 4. FLOYD win.
3. CHIX PIC
*Numbers amended after final scratchings
Race 4 – 2:17PM AMELIA PARK HANDICAP (1100 METRES)
Two-horse race between promising pair SHERPA LASS and DEVOTED STAR, and taking on the might of the Cerise And White by locking in Sherpa Lass on top. Have some time for this 4YO and it was no surprise to see her dominate her midweek rivals first up. Maps to advantage from this mid draw, and should sling-shot into contention and prove very hard to run down. Devoted Star looks really smart and trialled superbly Lark Hill 10/02. Ready to fire fresh, but will have to come from behind Sherpa Lass. BEDOUIN BELLE was a bit stiff the other day, while TRUTH AND LIES hit the line hard last start.
Suggested: 8. SHERPA LASS win.
8. SHERPA LASS
7. DEVOTED STAR
4. BEDOUIN BELLE
2. TRUTH AND LIES
Race 5 – 2:57PM LEX PIPER STAKES (1600 METRES)
Big rap on Magic Millions 3YO winner CRYPTIC WONDER, but quite bullish about the chances of stablemate BOGART. While promising plenty since his 2YO days, this fellow’s always looked an ‘autumn 3YO’ and while it was a funny old race, it was hard not to be impressed by his first-up victory. Like this draw and the Azzopardi booking, and Bogart should relish the likely genuine tempo over the mile. Cryptic Wonder is a star in the making, but 1200m to 1600m second up, without W. Pike, are queries. Expecting high-quality front-runner MONEY MATTERS to rebound, while APACHE PASS could surprise.
Suggested: 6. BOGART win.
1. CRYPTIC WONDER
2. MONEY MATTERS
4. APACHE PASS
Race 6 – 3:30PM KIRIN MEGUMI HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Going again with SOME SORT. Thought he would be winning first up, but after over-working early to cross and lead from gate 10, he punctured late. Happy to put a line through that run and backing in Adam Durrant to get this fellow back on track, and quite simply if Some Sort brings his best, he should rail, lead and win. Hard to deny CATHERINE WHEEL though, who really should’ve won last Saturday. If she crosses Some Sort and finds the front, it could be game over. REGAL COUNSEL was a revelation last prep, look out for him launching late, while AY TEE EMM maps sweetly and shouldn’t be ruled out.
Suggested: 6. SOME SORT win.
6. SOME SORT
9. CATHERINE WHEEL
1. REGAL COUNSEL
4. AY TEE EMM
Race 7 – 4:10PM AUTUMN ASCOT RACING CARNIVAL HANDICAP (1800 METRES)
Decided on HYPERSPACE in a wide-open affair. Put the writing on the wall at Albany two back, and was right back in form at Narrogin last start when a dominant winner with W. Pike in the saddle. Doesn’t lose much with Chris Parnham on, maps to advantage from this draw and slides in nicely with 55.5kg. Box ticker. AVA EXPRESS carried 58kg to win this track/distance last time and the form out of that race has been good. Consider. Thinking TOO FAT TOO SLOW could roll forward from the high draw and compete well late, while class runners ADORNMENT and ACONITE will drift back and charge late.
Suggested: 12. HYPERSPACE each way.
5. AVA EXPRESS
8. TOO FAT TOO SLOW
Race 8 – 4:45PM SCHWEPPES-ASCOT 1000 GUINEAS (1800 METRES)
TUSCAN QUEEN is set to remind everyone just how good she it. A beaten favourite in the G1 Kingston Town Classic last prep, she wasn’t over taxed fresh in the Challenge Stakes, working home nicely late. Set to elevate significantly with blinkers on, and from this draw she should land midfield (at worst) and prove far too classy late. Stablemate DARK MISSION looks the logical danger. Gets better every start and will thrive at 1800m. NAUGHTY BY NATURE was excellent behind Superstorm and must be considered, while LONSDALE LADY and MOOD GODDESS both have the engine to measure to at this level.
Suggested: 1. TUSCAN QUEEN win.
1. TUSCAN QUEEN
6. DARK MISSION
4. NAUGHTY BY NATURE
11. LONSDALE LADY
7. MOOD GODDESS
Race 9 – 5:20PM CROWN TOWERS HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Keen to be on board with SPILLINOVA. Have enjoyed following him over the journey and his first-up Pinjarra has given him the perfect platform to attack. Has an excellent second-up record and Ascot 1400m profile, and with positive tactics from regular rider Jason Brown, will be hard to beat from in front or outside leader. SOPHIE’S SONG did all the work three/four wide last start and still got the result. Respect that performance. Stablemate SPEEDING COMET ran into Coming Around last start and that’s good form, while Peters Investments mares FESTIVAL MISS and MYSTERY MISS will be swooping late.
Suggested: 5. SPILLINOVA each way.
12. SOPHIE’S SONG
8. FESTIVAL MISS
3. MYSTERY MISS
**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 7:00am on Thursday 27 February 2020