Ascot will run an eight race program on March 7 and our free betting tips along with our preview is available below.
AMELIA PARK BEEF HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Ascot Next Best Bet - Race 5 No. 1 Holy Enchantment
Given he has been firmly knocking on the door in two runs this preparation, it was hardly surprising to see the $3.20 quickly snapped for this three-year-old who comes all the back to a Class 1 now third-up and the step up to a mile now is ideal.
Trainer Stephen Miller threw Holy Enchantment in the deep end first-up, contesting the 1200m of the Magic Millions Trophy where he ran the fastest last 600m of that feature to finish third behind multiple stakes winner Gemma's Son and was next to Island Charm on the line, who was coming off a Saturday win over Gemma's Son.
Defeated as a odds-on favourite second-up in a Class 3 when getting held up at a crucial stage before launching late, the son of Playing God does draw out but under Western Australia's leading rider Chris Parnham, he will stay out of trouble,
TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Ascot Best Bet - Race 6 No. 1 Outback Jack
Another runner from the Stephen Miller yard is this progressive middle distance/staying type who following a first campaign where he won two of four attempts, resumed in that same Magic Millions event as Holy Enchantment, but found the 1200m a little too slick.
Stepping up to the 1500m second-up, Outback Jack was able to bounce back into the winner's stall via a narrow victory at Pinjarra where he was entitled to tire late following the wide run sustained off what was a good speed up front, so he should strip fitter.
The three-year-old goes up in the weights but that will be offset by the good draw and getting up to what is a more suitable distance of 1800m, he faces an event that is little easier if anything than that second-up assignment.
FLYING COLOURS RESTAURANT HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Ascot Value Bet - Race 8 No. 1 Tinsnip
With a runner-up finish in the Karrakatta Plate followed by a win in the Group Two Sires (2019), it'd be fair to say connections had much loftier ambitions for this gelding who has had interrupted preparations since then but the return effort on February 10 was a much-improved showing.
Off the back of two solid 1450m trial wins, he went straight to the mile in that first-up attempt and after threading a perfect passage through, did look the winner when angling off heels at the 200m but peaked on the effort 100m out to finish third.
They drop him back to 1400m now - the only trip he's won over and with first two home in Marocchino (competitive behind the progressive That's Funny Az last Saturday) and Misty Lad (Esperance Cup winner) both since performing well in much stronger company than this, Tinsnip should be respected.