The Leg Up: Ascot Preview – Sunday 7 March 2021

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Race 1 – 1:10PM INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MAIDEN (1500 METRES)

KAZOKU has to be a major player. Liked some of what she’d shown at trials prior to strong-finishing second on debut at Pinjarra 21/02. Should be able to land closer to the speed from this draw, rising o 1500m, and Kazoku gets her chance. RECITING comes through the same Pinjarra 21/02 event and was quite a similar run to the on-topper, working home really well late. Will drift back and be running on. Blinkers and Chris Parnham going on SAINT CLEMENTS second up is encouraging, while first-starter TUMIVET and MINE DETECTOR are the likely leaders and both should be boxing on late.

Tips: 8-6-10-5
Suggested: 8. KAZOKU win.

8. KAZOKU
6. RECITING
10. SAINT CLEMENTS
5. TUMIVET
2. MINE DETECTOR

Race 2 – 1:50PM VALE RON WELLS HANDICAP (1000 METRES)

Quite a deep Class 3 Handicap but it is hard to look past AMASENUS after her luckless first-up Ascot 20/02 effort. Had support of that occasion and looked be be travelling strongly before encountering significant interference trying to take a rails run in the straight. Did well to still finish third and kept out of trouble by Chris Parnham on this occasion, Amasenus should sweep past them late. DEVINE BEAST possesses some outstanding formlines and did well to box on after being three wide/no cover the entire last start. She should make her presence felt from this draw. Didn’t mind the way SHE’S ENCHANTED ran on last start and her best stacks up, HOLY GHOST is in good nick this prep and will win one soon, while OUR BOY DYLAN is enjoying a good prep.

Tips: 9-7-6-5
Suggested: 9. AMASENUS win.

9. AMASENUS
7. DEVINE BEAST
6. SHE’S ENCHANTED
5. HOLY GHOST
3. OUR BOY DYLAN

Race 3 – 2:30PM THE GEOFF PRATT ‘SIT AND SPRINT’ HANDICAP (1200 METRES)

This 3YO “midweeker” has attracted a handy line up but VANE TEMPEST is certainly the one to beat. Scratched from Bunbury 6/03 for this easier assignment, this filly ran into a fire-breathing Kissonallforcheeks two back before an impressive Bunbury 17/02 victory. Can fire up in running, so the high draw is a query, but trusting Jade McNaught to be able to guide Vane Tempest home. Blinkers come off smart type ISEERED ISEERED after blowing out in the Magic Millions and will be interesting to see if more patient tactics are employed. Main danger. First up no trial down the Pinjarra 1000 was no issue for MISS VASARI and that performance was strong, while fellow last-start winner CABLE BOY and first-upper STANDOUT ROSE are in the mix also.

Tips: 1-6-3-7
Suggested: 1. VANE TEMPEST win.

1. VANE TEMPEST
6. MISS VASARI
3. CABLE BOY
7. STANDOUT ROSE
*Numbers amended after scratchings

Race 4 – 3:10PM CROWN TOWERS HANDICAP (1200 METRES)

Jockey Jade McNaught has another awkward draw to overcome with HELL’S BELLE but a reasonable run in transit is all this filly requires to impact. Won really well first-up at Bunbury 11/02, with the form out of that maiden being decent, before holding her own in a slick Open 3YO event at Ascot 20/02. Vadette De Star and Charleton Eddie form certainly looks the goods. SHOOTING SHIROCCO maximised the cutaway first up for rookie trainer Pat Keating at Bunbury 17/02. Gets another soft map from this draw and shouldn’t be far away. DOOWAHDIDDY maps well and can figure at her first run in 88 days, while keep an eye out for strong finishers KATONA and ZADOK flashing late.

Tips: 7-6-5-4
Suggested: 7. HELL’S BELLE win.

7. HELL’S BELLE
6. SHOOTING SHIROCCO
5. DOOWAHDIDDY
4. KATONA
9. ZADOK

Race 5 – 3:50PM AMELIA PARK BEEF HANDICAP (1600 METRES)

Good clash between WATC Derby-bound stablemates HOLY ENCHANTMENT and LINCOLN’S LAW, but Holy Enchantment does look to have the X-factor and believe he’ll find a way to get it done. Absolutely ripping first-up result in the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy and was backed off the map at Pinjarra 21/02, but was strung up in traffic and ended up being a good thing licked. Will be getting back again from this high draw, but with uninterrupted moment Holy Enchantment should be too strong late. Lincoln’s Law hasn’t done much wrong all prep and his gate speed will see him have a field position advantage over his barn mate. Like the way THE THUNDERESS hit the line last start, while natural on-pacer BROADWAY GIRL has raced consistently in her comeback campaign.

Tips: 1-4-9-5
Suggested: 4. LINCOLN’S LAW win.

4. LINCOLN’S LAW
5. BROADWAY GIRL
2. TICK ALONG
10. HOLYOAKE
*Numbers amended after scratchings

Race 6 – 4:20PM TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET HANDICAP (1800 METRES)

Another of the S.J. Miller WATC Derby hopefuls goes around here in OUTBACK JACK and expecting him to be all the race. Is certainly well-regarded, starting a $10 chance first up in the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy, and found a way to eek out a second-up Pinjarra 21/02 win. Looking for the 1800m now, drawn sweetly and if they roll out a genuine tempo you’ll see the best of Outback Jack. INDOMINUS scrambled home in a head-bobber this track/distance last start. Stable has him back on track and he’s an obvious major player. INTERSTATE has competed well in stronger races than this recently so has form and race-fitness on his side, while stablemate BOMBARDMENT really made Born To Try earn the victory last start.

Tips: 1-2-3-5
Suggested: 1. OUTBACK JACK win.

1. OUTBACK JACK
2. INDOMINUS
3. INTERSTATE
5. BOMBARDMENT

Race 7 – 4:55PM SUPREMACY STAKES (1000 METRES)

What a challenging edition of the Supremacy Stakes to assess and eventually landed on the most proven filly in Crystal Slipper Stakes winner HEAVENLY WATERS. Freshened since her brave Magic Millions 2YO Classic placing, this filly has the gate speed to make this low draw work for her and hails from one of the most in-form yards in the state. The unbeaten FATALE FEMME will have a heap of admirers first up and did breeze-up strongly in a Belmont 15/02 400m trial win. PIXIE CHIX was luckless in the Magic Millions but made amends last start and tough/speedy type POLICIERE is a multiple Ascot winner already. With fillies filling the top-four slots, SPIN THE KNIFE and FEATHERWEIGHT are perhaps the leading hopes among the colts and geldings.

Tips: 2-4-8-3
Suggested: 2. HEAVENLY WATERS each way.

2. HEAVENLY WATERS
4. FATALE FEMME
8. PIXIE CHIX
3. POLICIERE
1. SPIN THE KNIFE
5. FEATHERWEIGHT

Race 8 – 5:30PM FLYING COLOURS RESTAURANT HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

Gifted Geraldton galloper INVICTUS DOMINI makes his return to racing and looks hard to beat. A winner at four of his last five starts, this fellow is the dominant force on the “Crayfish Coast” this season and showed he was in good order with a soft Geraldton 18/02 trial win. Rolls forward with strength early from this high draw and if he brings his A-game Invictus Domini should be able to hold them at bay. Good to see former star juvenile TINSNIP back in form last start. Fitter second up and the Marocchino form holds up. LUKE’S CHOICE put in another good run last start and he’ll be hitting the line late, while natural on-pacers TRADENSIA and BRUCE ALMIGHTY will be pushing for top-four finishes also.

Tips: 3-1-5-4
Suggested: 3. INVICTUS DOMINI win.

3. INVICTUS DOMINI
1. TINSNIP
5. LUKE’S CHOICE
4. BRUCE ALMIGHTY
*Numbers amended after scratchings

**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 7:00am on Friday 5 March 2021

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