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Ascot Racing Tips - Does the Godolphin Trek pay off?

Alex Marsh has previewed the big group one card from Ascot this Saturday.
Ascot Racing Tips for 30.11.2019
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Alex Marsh 28 Nov 2019
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Ascot Racing Tips For 30.11.2019 - Does the Godolphin Trek pay off?

It's Winterbottom Stakes day in the west with the Group One feature sprint coming up in Race 8 on the card.

The rail shifts out a little further to last Saturday being in the 4m position and fine conditions are expected on race day.

Ascot Favourites

Race 7 No. 1 Mr Genoa

Interesting galloper is this five-year-old that's unbeaten from three attempts since returning to the west.

Now in the care of the Luke Fernie yard in Kalgoorlie, he comes to this Country Champinoship Final after arriving in the last few strides to score via a heat of this series on November 2.

Hard to knock his form and ability for what is effectively a country standard race however the handicapper hasn't missed him either in delivering a 62kg impost.

Does barrier one for William Pike who can offset a lot of that negative with a soft run in transit and with form arriving from a few areas in this line-up, the betting late could tell the story.

Mr Genoa - $2.70Ascot Favouritesbet now
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Ascot Roughies

Race 6 No. 7 Shuwish

Was cricket score odds when resuming off a little freshen-up in a similar race on November 16 but the performance had merit without any luck and this mare could be the big improver among this field.

After drawing out wide there, she was eased back to the rear of the field and from that position with nothing taking her into the race, she's only been beaten just over three lengths in the finish.

That followed a fresh failure on October 19 where she was a drifter late in the betting and with a few gear changes following that performance, there was clearly an issue there.

Has a nice weight swing on Not To Be Mist who's still the one to beat but will need luck and expect Shuwish to settle handier from barrier one with Damian Lane taking the reins.

Shuwish - $16.00Ascot Roughiesbet now
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Ascot Best Bet

Race 8 No. 1 Trekking

No matter what way you look at the Group One Winterbottom Stakes field, the favourite just looks the obvious and the clear on top selection.

This consistent five-year-old Godolphin gelding brings the strongest form over for this year's edition with a second-up Schillaci Stakes win followed by placings in both the Everest and Redzel Stakes..

He won his first group one via the Stradbroke in 2019, a tough race to win any year and is superbly in under the weight-for-age conditions of the the Winterbottom.

Has drawn well for champion jockey Kerrin McEvoy and with even luck in the run, Trekking is the best bet at Ascot this Saturday.

Trekking - $2.50Ascot Best Betbet now
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Ascot Next Best Bet

Race 4 No. 1 Royal Command

This Bob Peters owned gelding duly saluted as one of our best bets on November 16 and is the best horse in the race yet again.

Ability got him home in that second-up victory as the seven furlongs is a little on the sharp side but he managed to get there via a big finish in the last stride.

He was only coming into this campaign off one trial so now with a few runs under the belt, he should be close to his peak and is unbeaten over the 1800m at Ascot.

They've opted for the 3kg claim of Chris Williams to bring him down to 59.5kg and he'd be much shorter if Pike stayed on even with the big weight.

Royal Command - $5.00Ascot Next Best Betbet now
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Ascot Best Value Bet

Race 5 No. 6 Friar Fox

She was the eye-catcher late in proceedings in the lead up to this via the Ascot Gold Cup a few weeks back and this 2100m listed affair may be the target.

Got back like she usually does there and hit a long flat spot in the straight before picking up again in the last 100m, suggesting this trip now would be ideal.

Is already a winner over 2200m, so there's history at the distance and from that Ascot Gold Cup, she meets both Forceful and especially Taxagano, better at the weights.

They'll need to be running on but is each way odds in what looks a thin set-up outside the other market elects.

Friar Fox - $7.00Ascot Best Value Betbet now
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Ascot Quaddie

Race 6: 2,3,6,7,8
Race 7: 1,2,3,6,8
Race 8: 1
Race 9: 1,2,4,8,9,11,16

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Ascot Racing Information

What time is the first race at Ascot?

Race 1 kicks off at 12.24pm local time.

What time is the Winterbottom Stakes?

The group one feature is scheduled 4.50pm local time start.

How many rides does William Pike have?

"The Wizard" William Pike has a full book of nine rides.

Who won the 2018 Winterbottom Stakes?

Voodoo Lad won this group one sprint last year.

How do I live stream Ascot?

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Verdict

Trekking is the standout selection of the whole card in the feature.

Royal Command is well placed up in trip and with the claim, is decent value in Race 4.

Friar Fox is a strong each way chance following that in the fifth.

Best Bet: Trekking $2.50 at Palmerbet - 12 Units
Next Best Bet: Royal Command $5.00 at Sportsbet (beteasy) - 5 Units
Value: Friar Fox $7.00 at bet365 Australia - 3 Units

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