Ascot will run a nine race program on March 20 and our free betting tips along with our preview is available below.
CROWN PERTH WESTSPEED PLATINUM HANDICAP Tips (Race 1)
Ascot Best Bet - Race 1 No. 3 Pletto
This mare rattled home first-up in the Pearl Classic at Pinjarra and despite being well placed to win following that, she didn't get a whole lot of luck in that February 20 event when stepping to the 1500m at Ascot.
A galloper that does need that bit of momentum to build into her races, it just never panned out on February 20 where she wasn't out until it was all over and was only really hitting her top gear at the 100m, but ultimately, Pletto was just left with too much to do from an impossible position.
Set another tough task via her last attempt on Bunbury Cup Day, it was a race she should've won and plummeting in grade on Saturday along with Brad Rawiller taking the reins, a positive jockey change, it's well and truly D-day for her in the opener from Ascot.
COMMIT TO CHANGE HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Ascot Value Bet - Race 5 No. 1 Bogart
A son of Redoute's Choice and out of the dam Avante, a Group Three winning sprinter, you won't see too many more handsome types getting around than the big and long striding Bogart, who arrives here third-up off a forgivable second-up performance.
Unfortunately for this four-year-old, his good looks haven't always transferred to race day success where after looking a genuine Stakes class runner over his two and three-year-old campaigns, just never went on with it last spring even when finding some rather thin assignments.
There is a chance that the gelding may have turned the corner, however, as he defeated an in-form What About Moses who in turn defeated Miss Marietta, who has won her last two outings and completely unsuited with the drop to 1200m second-up, he now steps to the mile.
SEACORP - GRANDSTAND CUP Tips (Race 6)
Ascot Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 3 Dig Deep
A very highly rated galloper early day, the 2019 Karrakatta winner broke a long winning drought when prevailing over the 1400m at Ascot on December 19 and for good measure, made it back-to-back victories in the Easingwold Stakes on January 9, beating a handy line-up in the process.
On January 26, there's a decent argument to say Dig Deep could've easily have made it a winning hat-trick, as he was badly checked for a run at a key stage in the run home when contesting the Australia Day Trophy and was sent for a freshen-up following that.
It's worth ignoring the 10th place finish on return in the Listed Bunbury Stakes, an event where he had plenty to give when about to hit top gear at the 100m, but was badly blocked for a run and here from barrier two, Clint Johnston-Porter can sit closer with a more economical time in transit.
RAMELIUS RESOURCES TROPHY Tips (Race 7)
Ascot Each-Way Bet - Race 7 No. 5 Jericho Missile
His story isn't all that dissimilar to that of Dig Deep's, being a talented younger galloper who brilliantly scored second-up over this track and trip at Listed level as an early three-year-old, but just never managed to go on with it.
Despite three placing's in some handy races last campaign, Jericho Missile wasn't able to return to the winner's stall which had connections searching for more positive results over seven and eight-furlong journeys, distances that look favourable but ultimately just take away a sharp turn-of-foot that he can produce.
Behind a smart and hard fit stable mate in Gemma's Son, this four-year-old put in a really strong fresh performance on March 6, recording a slick 33.65 for the last 600m (race fastest) and with the speedy Ziebell ensuring a fast tempo, he comes right into this race if they're able to make ground.