Ascot will run a nine race program on December 26 and our free betting tips along with our preview is available below.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TONI LALICH HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Ascot Best Bet - Race 4 No. 8 Son Of A God
After a little lean patch, trainer Simon Miller is just starting to hit form again with four winners from his last 12 starters and he brings this talented and consistent gelding to Ascot this Saturday for his first-up tilt.
Son Of A God was a winning machine in his second racing preparation, with four consecutive victories from February to April this year before taking on stronger company at his next three attempts where following a triumph on June 20, battled on gamely for third behind two genuine stakes class gallopers in Windstorm and Massimo.
The December 14 trial at Lark Hill was outstanding when scoring in the only 950m heat to break 56 seconds that morning (55.77) and although this is a decent challenge on resumption, he draws barrier one for Chris Parnham and won't know himself on the 54kg minimium after lumping some decent imposts last time in.
AMELIA PARK HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Ascot Value Bet - Race 6 No. 1 Mexi Cola
The now Western Australian trainer/jockey combination of Brad Rawiller and Lindsey Smith will be one respect in the west and they team-up on Saturday with this long striding son of Epaulette who resumed with a soft win at Northam on December 3.
That followed a luckless September outing when not getting off heels until the final furlong but irrespective, the big and somewhat extravagant action of this five-year-old just doesn't lend itself to handling wet tracks, which most of his career flops have come on.
Mexi Cola faces a tougher challenge this Saturday but the overall depth to this field is a little questionable and with as much upside as anything in this line-up, he's at the very least an each-way hope as a proven weight carrier and given the five-year-old does need to build momentum in the run, the wide gate suits which was evident in the fresh win.
GLENROY CHAFF HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Ascot Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 2 Lipstick Flickers
Whilst the 59kg is a decent leveller for this mare on return, she's the best horse in this field, all things being equal and generally does come to hand fresh with her worst first-up result being a fourth-place finish on debut (has recorded a win and two thirds in her other outer tilts).
The half-length trial win on December 14 didn't do that piece of work justice, where after settling outside the early leader Mood Swings, quickened under her own steam with every other opponent under pressure to keep up and following the first three past the post, there was a near five length space to the next runner home.
Although she wasn't able to progress further following her fresh win last campaign, Lipstick Flickers was still competitive in each start and you only need to go back a little further to see placings behind Group performers in Showmanship and Uni Time, which is a fair way off what anything else in this contest has achieved.
A.T.A. STAKES Tips (Race 8)
Ascot Feature Tip - Race 8 No. 6 Money Maher
It's been a long road back for this son of Al Maher (around 17 months off the scene) but there's a stack of merit in each performance this preparation where he was three-wide and brave in his first two outings before being heavily supported on November 28 ($4.80-$3.10) over the mile on Winterbottom Stakes Day.
Whilst he was held-up at crucial stages in that attempt, Money Maher didn't exactly quicken over the 1600m when clear in a performance that indicated this staying journey would suit (won his only attempt over 2200m).
I'm willing to forgive the December 12 effort where after settling outside the leader and eventual winner Trap For Fools, unfortunately they fell asleep and he found himself losing his posiiton courtesy of some early moves from rivals as a result of a crawling tempo up front.