Ascot will run a eight race program on March 10 and our free betting tips along with our preview is available below.
AUTUMN ASCOT RACING CARNIVAL IS COMING HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Ascot Best Bet - Race 4 No. 3 Nobel Laurence
After just missing in a slowly run affair first-up to Hot Zed, a galloper who franked the form with a comfortable victory on Bunbury Cup Day, this talented three-year-old is well placed to bounce back second-up with the blinkers going on for this step up to 1400m.
While he is a work in progress (was racing one rein for much of his first and second runs), Nobel Laurence improved enough with the race experience in his first campaign to make light work of his opposition on November 12 and the runner-up Standout Rose franked the form by winning her next outing.
That followed the debut where after drawing wide, he was eased back and rattled off a race-fastest last 600m when third to Smashing (competitive at Stakes level late in 2020) and Alpha And Omega, who won her next two starts, the first of those in good time relative to the November 7 Ascot card.
QUAYCLEAN HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Ascot Next Best Bet - Race 5 No. 2 Axel 'R' Eight
Was hoping for a better price with this lightly raced stayer given the inclusion of Queen Takes King, a fit mare that is dropping back from a Saturday race but the map is clearly in favour of this gelding that is finally starting to build into a campaign following a few setbacks.
There is a reference for he and the top weight, with these two clashing last July where Queen Takes King did get the better of him on that occasion, however, the son of Gingerbread Man was attempting a 2100m event first-up off a 15-month break, so now finally meets her with a fitness base and there is a 2kg weight swing from that contest.
Following a third-up victory at Bunbury on February 11, Axel 'R' Eight was quite unlucky last start where he worked early in a hard run affair which was set up for those off the speed but here from barrier three, Mitchell Pateman should be able to control the race as the sole leader in the field.
SCHWEPPES HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Ascot Value Bet - Race 6 No. 8 Winsalot
On a tough Ascot Wednesday card for a value play, we'll concede an each-way chance to this filly who has come back a much more mature galloper in what is now her third racing preparation after contesting some handy races as a two-year-old.
Winsalot has shown her fair share ability at the trials, but it just never translated to race day in those earlier campaigns and she benefited with a long spell after racing last winter, backing up a fair return over the 1200m to win quite easily last start at Pinjarra, showing a nice turn-of-foot over the 1300m to put that event away rather early.
While this is obviously tougher stepping up to a midweek Class 1, the blinkers coming off before her resumption has seen her finish off a lot stronger, so the 1500m shouldn't be an issue and there's plenty of rivals here with convictions whereas she's the only last start winner in the field.