Ascot will run a nine race program on April 2 and our free betting tips along with our preview is available below.
MUMM CHAMPAGNE MAIDEN Tips (Race 2)
Ascot Best Bet - Race 2 No. 3 American Grin
Off three excellent and eye-catching performances to start this preparation, it's well and truly D-day for this gelding on Friday where he does look better suited drawn out a shade more in now his second attempt over the 1500m at Ascot
Showing ability in his first two starts last March against some useful company, American Grin just never came up in his second campaign but off a pair of decent trials, rattled home first-up where he was only a stride off prevailing at Bunbury, a circuit that can be tough to make ground on.
American Grin was no match for what looks a handy one in Elafella at Pinjarra, but at 34.98, recorded the comfortably the fastest last 600m of that event when coming from the rear and despite just missing on March 17, he again rattled off fast closing splits.
MORLEY GROWERS MARKET HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Ascot Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Red Hot Tip
A lightly raced four-year-old that has always taken a few runs to hit his straps, this does look the easiest assignment he's faced since winning breaking the Maiden last March, a campaign where he won the Listed Melvista Stakes before a runner-up finish in the W.A.T.C. Derby.
Red Hot Tip took on much stronger opposition last preparation, twice running into the subsequent Kingston Town Classic winner Truly Great but wasn't able to progress in later that Spring in some handy staying events and was tipped out following a disappointing effort in late November.
Following an even first-up run, the four-year-old got too far back in a leader dominated affair behind the in-form That's Funny Az on March 21 but down in grade third-up where there's relief after the 2kg claim of Laqdar Romely, he can settle much closer from a better draw.
MRS MAC'S HANDICAP Tips (Race 9)
Ascot Value Bet - Race 9 No. 2 Masquerade
While he did finish last of 10 via his return over the five furlongs here on March 13, it was a somewhat of a non-event for the son of Time Thief where he got back on a tough card to be making ground out wide and from the rear.
Although it's an open contest to end the Good Friday meeting, there's no doubting this is an easier assignment for Masquerade, a galloper that has been very competitive in his last two second-up attempts, running home for a midfield finish last campaign and was only beaten a pimple with 61kg last autumn.
With 10 winners from 61 rides, apprentice hoop Keshaw Dhurun enjoyed good success in March and bringing an important 3kg claim, he can settle much closer from barrier three while off the form over his last few campaigns, there's no reason this gelding can't be in the mix at a big price.