The Leg Up: Ascot Preview – Saturday 20 April 2019

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Race 1 – 12:59PM CHANDLER MACLEOD HANDICAP (1100 METRES)

Looking forward to seeing sharp filly DANCE MUSIC back in action and while she’s taking on some smart opposition, she should still be saluting. Spelled after a brilliant listed Placid Ark Stakes win in November, but stretched out nicely in a soft Lark Hill 1/4 trial win, and with even luck from the draw, Dance Music should roll forward and be too fast. Emerging talent CATHERINE WHEEL couldn’t have done more in her two dominant wins. Draw is a query, but with positive tactics should be able to land outside leader. FRIDAY FILLIES and CITY CIRCLE are both talented, and should be hitting the line.

Tips: 1-3-9-2
Suggested: 1. DANCE MUSIC win.

1. DANCE MUSIC
3. CATHERINE WHEEL
9. FRIDAY FILLIES
2. DRIFTSTAR

*Numbers amended after Final Scratchings

Race 2 – 1:39PM TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET HANDICAP (2150 METRES)

Tricky affair this and wouldn’t be surprised to see WITNESS IN COURT salute. Liked his effort two back and he was fairly stiff last Saturday, when travelling well but unable to get clear in the straight. Suited with Shaun O’Donnell going on and with a patient ride, and an uninterrupted passage, Witness In Court can get over the top. SUMMER’S SKYE is on the quick back up also, and probably should’ve won last Saturday when three deep/no cover throughout. Will take some beating. PRESS THE PETAL will appreciate Pike being back in board, while Dan Staeck and HIGH ENERGY are a strong combo.

Tips: 4-6-2-5
Suggested: 4. WITNESS IN COURT each way.

4. WITNESS IN COURT
6. SUMMER’S SKYE
2. PRESS THE PETAL
5. HIGH ENERGY

Race 3 – 2:19PM IRON JACK HANDICAP (1500 METRES)

Nice option for FRIAR’S FANTASIA. Wasn’t suited to racing outside leader at Bunbury 28/3, but she was good enough to dig deep under 59kg and still get the job done. Drops to 56kg, maps to enjoy a nice smother in transit and should have plenty of fuel in the tank to launch late. Have plenty of time for STOICISM and anticipating a big first-up effort with apprentice Brodie Kirby back in action after six months on the sidelines. Sharpened up for this with two lead-up trials and Stoicism goes close. The wayward-but-talented VELAGO can make the grade, while likely leader GEIGER GEM takes catching.

Tips: 6-5-1-2
Suggested: 6. FRIAR’S FANTASIA win.

6. FRIAR’S FANTASIA
5. VELAGO
1. GEIGER GEM
2. VERMONT LADY

*Numbers amended after Final Scratchings

Race 4 – 3:00PM WESTERN AUSTRALIA CUP (3200 METRES)

COME PLAY WITH ME stands out as the horse to beat in WA’s only two-mile race. Rolled by the flying He’s A Parker in listed provincial cups at his past two, trainer Adam Durrant opted to give him a mid-prep Lark Hill 15/4 trial, which he won well with William Pike back in the saddle. Should enjoy the tempo set by the free-wheeling SAXON SAXOFF, and Come Play With Me should be too good. Last year’s winner DARK MUSKET put his hand up with a slashing Pinjarra Cup effort. CAPPO D’ORO is tough and honest, and must be respected, while Saxon Saxoff ran third in this race last year.

Tips: 2-3-1-7
Suggested: 2. COME PLAY WITH ME win.

2. COME PLAY WITH ME
3. DARK MUSKET
1. CAPPO D’ORO
7. SAXON SAXOFF

Race 5 – 3:35PM GLENROY CHAFF HANDICAP (1500 METRES)

DUTCH SPY is in career-best form and looks the horse to beat again. Handled the rise to 1400m well last time, breezing outside leader and letting down well to claim a decisive victory in this grade. Expected to find a suitable on-pace running position again and it’s hard to look past him. MIDNIGHT SKY is coming through a fast 1600m assignment last start and although a beaten favourite, the run was full of merit. Look out for her swooping late. No surprise to see WAR GOD go the front and roll along. Expecting improvement second up, while FRIARESQUE is suited back to 1500m and down in weight.

Tips: 5-8-1-6
Suggested: 5. DUTCH SPY each way.

5. DUTCH SPY
8. MIDNIGHT SKY
1. WAR GOD
6. FRIARESQUE

Race 6 – 4:10PM VALE BARRY CURTIS HANDICAP (1000 METRES)

VALOUR ROAD looks to have a significant class edge on these and WA’s Champion 2YO last season should be taking care of business first up. Last raced when a mighty fifth in the G1 Winterbottom Stakes, but did record a 5.3 length win at the Lark Hill 8/4 trials, so he’s certainly in good nick. Another great opportunity for comeback apprentice Chloe Azzopardi and with even luck Valour Road just wins. MOLTEN set a blistering tempo over 1200m last time and was entitled to peak late. Form around him is strong and suited back to 1000m. CAPTAIN STIRLING is very fast, while MY DEMI runs on late.

Tips: 1-4-3-11
Suggested: 1. VALOUR ROAD win.

1. VALOUR ROAD
4. MOLTEN
3. CAPTAIN STIRLING
11. MY DEMI

Race 7 – 4:45PM SEACORP HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

Was taken with the last-start performance of LITTLE FISH and with even luck from the high draw, he should be winning. Comes through a very fast 1200m race behind Special Reward and Diablerie, racing three-wide with cover throughout and still running on powerfully late. Those formlines obviously read enormous and he’s the obvious horse to beat. RESISTANCE should’ve gone close last start and looks suited with Staeck back on from a low draw. Natural on-pacer PEPPIJACK should roll forward and box on well, while anticipating sharp improvement from MRS BROWN’S BOY second up.

Tips: 4-9-8-2
Suggested: 4. LITTLE FISH win.

4. LITTLE FISH
9. RESISTANCE
8. PEPPIJACK
2. MRS BROWN’S BOY

Race 8 – 5:20PM MUMM CHAMPAGNE HANDICAP (1200 METRES)

This looks the race for Victorian import KING’S AUTHORITY to record his first WA victory. Went oh so close two back and then just got bottled up behind the leading pair from gate one last time, but was doing some nice work late. From this draw should be able to work into the race with momentum on the turn and be hard to hold out. Promising front-runner FREE TRADE did plenty right when a beaten $2.30 favourite first up. With natural improvement will take some catching. DOUBLE BUBBLE has to be respected on the quick back up, while TRULY BELONG and REGAL MOON should both be steaming home late.

Tips: 3-12-8-9
Suggested: 3. KING’S AUTHORITY each way.

3. KING’S AUTHORITY
12. FREE TRADE
8. DOUBLE BUBBLE
9. TRULY BELONG

**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 3:00pm on Wednesday 17 April 2019

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