Ascot will run a nine race program on March 27 and our free betting tips along with our preview is available below.
SCHWEPPES HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Ascot Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 3 Notorious One
Returning for his second racing preparation is this lightly raced five-year-old from the Gangemi yard who won three of five stars in that initial campaign and in 'One Metro Win' company here, finds a very winnable assignment on resumption off a decent trial.
A half-brother to Group Three winner She's Clean, Notorious One took a long time to hit the race track but created an immediate impression, bolting in via a Belmont Maiden before stepping straight to Class 3 level to go back-to-back, getting the job done despite not looking as comfortable on a soft track.
Completing his last victory at start four (at Saturday level) before an end of preparation run, this gelding clearly has ability and with an average starting price of $2.06 from those five prior runs (longest SP of $2.40), he does look quite a fair price here in what isn't a strong race.
AMELIA PARK HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Ascot Roughie - Race 7 No. 3 Point Taken
As a now five-year-old mare whose rating did climb to a rating of 74 following a consistent year, she is getting very close to her mark but with some decent form lines from her last campaign, is big odds this Saturday resuming over her pet trip of 1200m.
This daughter of Demerit took a while to breakthrough but managed to progress from midweek level to Saturday grade from the back end of last winter up until the Perth Carnival, where they had a shot at the stumps at Listed level where although outclassed, certainly wasn't disgraced in a 2.8 length defeat.
Point Taken carried 56kg to victory prior to that last outing, the same impost she has here after the Laqdar Romely claim, so isn't badly in at the weights and off two trials, has drawn out in this field, but that does suit her racing pattern and is an each-way chance if they can make ground.
CITY OF BELMONT-WA OAKS Tips (Race 8)
Ascot Best Bet - Race 8 No. 3 Pure Devotion
The Group Three WA Oaks is the headline act on the March 27 program from Ascot which sees the famous trio of William Pike, Grant & Alana Williams and Bob Peters combine with Pure Devotion, who is short but a very deserving favourite for this 2400m feature.
After catching the eye on debut at Pinjarra over 1300m in late December, there's no doubt this has been the target for the daughter of So You Think, where after breaking the Maiden off a freshen-up on February 11, threaded a passage through late for a third-place finish in the 1000 Guineas before producing the run of the race in the Oaks lead-up (Natasha Stakes).
Off a crawling tempo up front in that 2200m event, she's rattled home with easily the fastest last 600m of the race to nearly grab Solaia on the line and while we should respect Temptacion off two strong wins, the form around Solaia stacks up better around Pure Devotion and that rival is jumping from 1800m to 2400m now.
AUTO CLASSIC BMW HANDICAP Tips (Race 9)
Ascot Value Bet - Race 9 No. 4 Highland Beat
There's an odds-on favourite in Miss Conteki via the last at Ascot on Saturday. who appears as the progressive runner in the field and one I wouldn't talk you out of backing if you were keen to take the shorts, but on an each-way/1x3 basis, this gelding is the better value option.
It is worth noting that the popular elect is coming out of midweek level albeit beat some useful gallopers in her prior campaign but is yet to face a rival with the resume of Highland Beat, a now seven-year-old who doesn't win out of turn but was a very competitive Benchmark 78-88 level sprinter in Melbourne and Sydney over a decent stretch of time.
In his first campaign for the Gangemi stable, he was close-up multiple times behind two Listed winners in Money Matters and Jericho Missile and ended the preparation with a third to the subsequent Group One Winterbottom winner Elite Street, so should find this easier and has trialled up strongly under Mitchell Pateman, who stays aboard for race day.