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Ascot Betting Tips, Best Bets & Odds for April 17

  • Get our tips and best bets for the Ascot Races in Perth
  • The Group Three WA Sires' Produce Stakes headlines the April 17 program in the west
  • Soft 5 is the current track reading but there should be an upgrade
  • Our Saturday preview can be found below
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Ascot host a nine race meeting this Saturday. (Getty)
Alex Marsh 16 Apr 2021
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Ascot will run a nine race program on April 17 and our free betting tips along with our preview is available below.

Get free Ascot tips, race previews and betting selections for all key race meetings from Ascot in Perth.

Our Ascot best bets are provided by expert form analysts and tipsters, with free betting tips available right here.

Ascot Tips April 17


Ascot Value Bet - Race 6 No. 9 Highland Beat

While this seven-year-old doesn't win out of turn, he was a very competitive Benchmark 78-88 level sprinter in Melbourne and Sydney over a decent stretch of time, and he was luckless first-up up following a strong trial.

After being held-up until the 100m, Highland Beat got out when it was all over in an event he should've gone close to winning and on the line, was only a length and a half off the in-form River Beau, the race favourite here who he meets 2kg better off from that last clash.

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 he's capable enough.


Ascot Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 4 Big Bada Boom

With 38 winners at a strike rate of 21% this year, trainer Roy Rogers has been a good stable for punters and at Ascot, he's saddled up six winners this season at very profitable ROI of 170%, albeit that's inflated by a few outsiders.

One of those winners was Big Bada Boom, a galloper that made it five in a row when coming to town on February 13 where despite being pestered mid-race by Eurasia (who eventually faded), he pulled out plenty of fight of late to hold off the honest Beat The Bro.

He was always going to be vulnerable with a big space between runs on April 3 but that performance had plenty of merit given there was another pest that was then beaten out of sight and from the front, will be hard to run down with any improvement off that last effort.


Ascot Roughie - Race 8 No. 13 Awesome Rival

We now see the two-year-old's in the west step up to 1400m this Saturday via the Group Three WA Sires' Produce Stakes, the feature race on the April 17 meeting from Ascot.

With leading contenders coming from the Karrakatta Plate, which many of these were obviously set for along with a few more progressive types from other races, this is near on impossible one for punters, but we do concede an each-way sniff to this outsider, who should appreciate the seven furlongs.

Following a forgivable debut when racing wide, Awesome Rival has been building well over two 1100m efforts and despite finding those trips too sharp, managed to peel off a strong last 600m (race fastest) behind Featherweight last Saturday, who is currently around a $10 quote here.


Ascot Best Bet - Race 9 No. 2 Billy Ain't Silly

Despite finding the 1000m a little on the short side, the debut of Billy Ain't Silly was a good one and although he was a big drifter in the betting at start two when stepping up to 1200m, he led throughout to score quite easily in a Maiden that rated superbly for that July 15 Belmont card.

Following a solid hit-out when fourth to Celebrity Queen (subsequent Group One winner), he tuned up quite nicely for this preparation behind a genuine city class galloper in Crystal Spirit and having raced a little greenly in the return run that followed, trainer Colin Webster then opted for the blinkers.

That's been a key gear change, resulting in back-to-back victories including a strong seven-furlong effort on April 3 when sustaining a run on a good speed, and in the last from Ascot this Saturday, he drops 1kg for a race that isn't any harder.

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Can I watch a live stream of Ascot Races?

Yes, you can live stream all the action from the Ascot Races. 

You can find more information via our live streaming section.

When do Ascot races take place?

Ascot is one of two circuits in Perth used for the main racing in Western Australia and it generally hosts two meetings a week thoughout their designated period. It is recognized as Western Australia's major racing venue.

Ascot is the summer track and they split the Perth Races with Belmont who take over in the colder months.

Where can I bet on the Ascot Races?

To place a bet on the Ascot races you'll need to be signed up with an online bookmaker. 

Generally corporate bookies provide betting markets a day prior to a Wednesday meeting at Ascot and around two days before a Saturday or feature program.



As an in-form three-year-old, Billy Ain't Silly is well placed against less progressive older rivals in the last from Ascot on Saturday.

Big Bada Boom makes his own luck and can bounce back in Race 7 off a forgivable last effort.

Highland Beat was luckless fresh and is worth an each-way ticket in the sixth,

Best Bet: Billy Ain't Silly To Win @-111.11 at BetMGM - 6 Units
Next Best Bet: Big Bada Boom To Win @230.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 3 Units
Value Bet: Highland Beat Each Way @1300.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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