The Leg Up: Ascot Preview – WA Oaks Day – Saturday 28 March 2020

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Race 1 – 12:17PM WESTSPEED PLATINUM MAIDEN (1400 METRES)

Found it hard to split stablemates LAST OF THE LINE and MISS MARGAUX, eventually siding with first-starter Last Of The Line. Really impressed with what this fellow has shown in his lead-up trials, and he had plenty in the tank in his latest Bunbury 23/03 heat. Looks smart, hard to beat. Miss Margaux was quite brave on debut and a bit stiff to run into a red-hot Karijini Aurora on the day. Expected to find the front from outside alley and take some catching. SANTANDER showed glimpses last prep and anticipating a forward showing from him fresh, while I HOPE YOU DANCE rounds out the top four.

Tips: 3-9-2-5
Suggested: 3. LAST OF THE LINE win.

3. LAST OF THE LINE
9. MISS MARGAUX
2. SANTANDER
5. I HOPE YOU DANCE

Race 2 – 12:57PM TABTOUCH BETTER YOUR BET PLATE (1000 METRES)

Intriguing race for the 2YOs only a week out from the Karrakatta Plate, and there appears to be some quality engaged, including on-top selection CAPTAIN BURGLAR. The $100,000 yearling was super in his Belmont 16/03 trial win and isn’t jump-and-run, so the high draw shouldn’t be an issue. Has some class about him and he’ll take some holding out. Extremely rare to see a Peters Investments 2YO starting in March, so must pay the blue-blooded REAL GRACE a lot of respect. Lark Hill 9/03 trial win was quite nice, while race-experienced pair OUR BOY DYLAN and JUST A PINCH will have admirers.

Tips: 2-6-1-3
Suggested: 2. CAPTAIN BURGLAR win.

2. CAPTAIN BURGLAR
6. REAL GRACE
1. OUR BOY DYLAN
3. JUST A PINCH

Race 3 – 1:37PM SEPPELT WINES HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

Don’t mind REGAL COUNSEL on the quick back up. Was explosive in his first-up win before running into a fire-breathing Red Can Man last Saturday, when only a head away from second place. May have been a touch close to a hot speed on that occasion, so if he comes back a pair he should have a bit more fuel to launch late. FESTIVAL MISS was ridden to perfection when victorious last start and gets in nicely with Pike riding at 55.5kg. The Sophie’s Song form has stood up and she has to rate highly. Quality conveyances FLOYD and CAROCAPO are stretched at 1400m, but simply have to respect their class.

Tips: 6-8-2-1
Suggested: 6. REGAL COUNSEL win.

6. REGAL COUNSEL
8. FESTIVAL MISS
2. FLOYD
1. CAROCAPO

Race 4 – 2:13PM AMELIA PARK HANDICAP (1000 METRES)

Been waiting for DEACALDA to reemerge and this looks a suitable first-up option. Looked the goods last season and she was a moral beaten at her last start, so her record could read even better than it does. Long layoff is an obvious query, but her Lark Hill 9/03 trial was eye-catching, has only the 55.5kg and ‘The Wizard’ on board can’t hurt. STATE ATTORNEY has been kept fresh since launching into the finish in a high-rating race this track/distance last month. Should be hitting the line hard again. MOLTEN goes good and has to be considered first up, while a fresh HOBOKEN won’t be far away.

Tips: 6-10-3-5
Suggested: 6. DEACALDA win.

6. DEACALDA
10. STATE ATTORNEY
3. MOLTEN
5. HOBOKEN

Race 5 – 2:55PM KIRIN MEGUMI HANDICAP (1800 METRES)

Class mare MYSTERY MISS appears ready to his her straps. Ran out of steam late first up and needed the run again behind the flying Media Baron last start, but should be cherry ripe now rising to 1800m. Junior rider is a natural query, but if she taps into her peak form she should salute. MR KUNAFA enjoyed a sweet run in transit last start and cashed in for a good win. Maps to enjoy another soft passage rails-in-run and looks an obvious major player. ADORNMENT is getting fitter and makes appeal on the quick back up, as does on-pacer JUICING CARROTS, while big watch on RIVALRY GALORE fresh.

Tips: 1-7-11-2
Suggested: 1. MYSTERY MISS each way.

1. MYSTERY MISS
7. MR KUNAFA
11. ADORNMENT
2. JUICING CARROTS
8. RIVALRY GALORE

Race 6 – 3:30PM SCHWEPPES-MELVISTA STAKES (2200 METRES)

Hard to look past BOGART in a rather thin Melvista Stakes. This fellow has his knockers, but his Piper Stakes and Roberts Stakes performances have been full of merit, and he gives the impression he’ll relish the rise to 2200m. Bogart gets Pike back on for the first time in a while and this race does look set up ideally for him. Not entirely dismissing CRIMINAL CODE though after he stuck to his guns quite well late in the Roberts. Blinkers go on, can challenge. Old-fashioned staying type MIDNIGHT BLUE was good late in the Roberts, while RED HOT TIP has the solid 2200m hit-out under his belt.

Tips: 1-4-2-3
Suggested: 1. BOGART win.

1. BOGART
4. CRIMINAL CODE
2. MIDNIGHT BLUE
3. RED HOT TIP

Race 7 – 4:05PM LET’S CELEBRATE CITY OF BELMONT HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

Was quite keen on KITGUM last start when collared late by the unbeaten Sherpa Lass, and locking him in to go one better. Was out-sprinted on that occasion, so he’ll appreciate the rise to 1400m, and Chris Parnham has options from gate one. With clear running he’ll give this a shake. UTGARD LOKI does look ready to win though and anticipating a wave of support for him. 1600m back to 1400m, and another awkward draw aren’t ideal, but this isn’t as strong as what he’s been facing. WATCH ME NEY NEY could surprise first up, don’t dismiss WILD FUSION, while SAN CRISPINO caught the eye last time.

Tips: 6-5-4-7
Suggested: 6. KITGUM win.

6. KITGUM
5. UTGARD LOKI
4. WATCH ME NEY NEY
7. WILD FUSION
13. SAN CRISPINO

Race 8 – 4:40PM BELMONT’S BUNURU HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

Nothing went right for LIPSTICK FLICKERS when heavily supported in a strange race last start so follow your money. Expecting Shaun McGruddy to send her forward to race on-pace from a high draw, and providing she doesn’t burn too much fuel early-and-middle, she should be strong enough to get is done. SPECIAL CHOICE has endured an interesting prep, but still think she can make an impact on the quick back up. With a cold Pike ride, she can put in a late burst. YADREAMIN’ is a major player, just needs luck from the low draw, while the best of HEAVENLY AFFAIR and GO CRYING put them in the finish.

Tips: 2-8-10-1
Suggested: 2. LIPSTICK FLICKERS win.

2. LIPSTICK FLICKERS
8. SPECIAL CHOICE
10. YADREAMIN’
1. HEAVENLY AFFAIR
5. GO CRYING

Race 9 – 5:15PM CITY OF BELMONT-WA OAKS (2400 METRES)

The outstanding TUSCAN QUEEN has the WA Oaks at her mercy. Had some gloss taken off after her first two runs this prep, but reminded everyone of her class with a dominant Natasha Stakes win. Set for this race, is by far-and-away the best filly and it’s extremely difficult to imagine her being beaten. MOOD GODDESS surprised some with her brave Natasha Stakes effort and she may have some improvement to come. Dam won this race in 2006 also. PAMBELLA was strong last start and maps sweetly, NAUGHTY BY NATURE can rebound with a cool ride, while SECRET PEARL can stay and shouldn’t be underestimated.

Tips: 1-6-2-3
Suggested: 1. TUSCAN QUEEN win.

1. TUSCAN QUEEN
6. MOOD GODDESS
2. PAMBELLA
3. NAUGHTY BY NATURE
7. SECRET PEARL

Race 10 – 5:50PM SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (1200 METRES)

Simply have to go again with CRYPTIC LOVE after being an absolute moral beaten last start. Significant traffic issues proved costly on that occasion, and while this won’t be a walk in the past from her high draw, she’s in ominous form and only needs even luck and a fair track to win. OCEAN’S FIFTEEN looks the other obvious major player. A bit stiff not to win when strong supported first up and has some enough quality to overcome another sticky draw. SWEET DREAMIN’ grows a leg when Pike is in the saddle PEARL TRADE had no luck late fresh, while ONE SHORT is a must for your exotics.

Tips: 10-15-9-16
Suggested: 10. CRYPTIC LOVE win.

10. CRYPTIC LOVE
15. OCEAN’S FIFTEEN
9. SWEET DREAMIN’
16. PEARL TRADE
5. ONE SHORT

**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 7:00am on Thursday 26 March 2020

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