Ascot will run a 10 race program on February 10 and our free betting tips along with our preview is available below.
MORLEY GROWERS MARKET HANDICAP Tips (Race 1)
Ascot Best Bet - Race 1 No. 3 Secret Plan
To the eye, the September 2 debut win of this Bob Peters-owned gelding was as good as you'll see anywhere when coming from the rear over the five furlongs at Belmont and reeling them in with absolute ease on the line.
You just don't see too many first outings like that and Secret Plan was supported into an odds-quote at start two as a result, which is well worth respecting given the quality of the first two home there in Kissonallforcheeks (subsequent Listed winner) and First Law (narrowly beaten at Listed level in his next start).
At 34.58, the son of I Am Invincible still recorded comfortably the fastest last 600m of that October 17 event and resuming here off a strong trial win, we'll bank that he has a better turn-of-foot at 1000m than his main danger, Triple Missile.
PIMM’S HANDICAP Tips (Race 3)
Ascot Roughie - Race 3 No. 1 Gibraltar Dancer
Third-up on Wednesday is this lightly raced five-year-old that beat three subsequent winners at Bunbury first-up last campaign, bettering the other 1100m Maiden on that card by around five and a half lengths overall on the clock.
Although no match for Position Of Power (since won two more) following that, he wasn't disgraced and was competitive again behind a handy Agent Jay (won two races in November) prior to a spell in a field where the second and third placegetters subsequently prevailed.
Following a good return for second at Pinjarra, Gibraltar Dancer was unsuited dropping to the five furlongs on January 13 where he was also held-up at key stage in the run home but now back to 1200m and also dropping from a Class 3 to a Class 1, he's a huge price in a much more suitable assignment.
TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Ascot Value Bet - Race 4 No. 6 Hot Technique
While it visually wasn't excellent, the trial at Lark Hill for second was a similar a piece of work to that of her June hit-out last year, which came prior to her debut win at Northam and Double Spice was a strong winner that came out of the same January 11 heat.
Hot Technique was unlucky not to remain unbeaten via the July 16 attempt that followed it, losing crucial early ground as result of inconvenience from the eventual winner Ladies Of London (won twice this campaign) and the runner-up Comfort Me has also performed well (won two in town at the end of that preparation).
She was a drifter prior to her return and did look in need that run fresh albeit did finish off okay with this 1200m trip in mind and second-up, can settle closer from barrier two under William Pike who has ridden 14 winners at an excellent strike rate of 33.33% for the Pearce stable over the last 12 months.
SCHWEPPES HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Ascot Next Best Bet - Race 8 No. 5 She's Enchanted
The Brett Pope yard isn't necessarily an easy one to catch and first-up off a decent spell is an obvious query with this mare, but all things being equal, she's the most talented galloper in this field by a big space and it was hard to fault the recent trial.
Through a long and searching first preparation over winter in 2020, she recorded back-to-back wins early where following a Maiden romp on June 3, defeated a host of gallopers on June 13 that are rated well above anything in this field, including a subsequent Listed winner in Miss Frost.
She's Enchanted was quite unlucky at the back-end of that campaign and it did take a ridden-out Outback Jack to reel in her via a January 25 trial, who's quite a handy galloper in the making and this four-year-old was well looked after late after leading early.