AMELIA PARK LODGE MAIDEN Tips (Race 4)
Ascot Value Bet - Race 4 No. 8 Red Cadillac
This filly had shown some positive signs in all of her trials prior to her March 24 debut at Ascot, finding the 1200m a little sharp on that occasion but she did get home well for an eventual fourth-placed finish.
Stepping out to 1400m at start two, the market didn't want anything to do with her late ($6.50-$10.00) and she was continually playing catch up, finishing last of seven but had passed a couple of her rivals a few strides after the line.
Red Cadillac gets back onto a good surface this Wednesday and while she may get over a mile or even a little further in time, the three-year-old can settle closer and off the debut performance, she's has an each-way hope in a Maiden that's a little weaker overall than that last attempt.
FLYING COLOURS RESTAURANT HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Ascot Best Bet - Race 5 No. 5 How's The Serenity
There's certainly no prizes for finding her although to put it in perspective, Kaptain Kaos who reeled her in late on April 10, a galloper that was unlucky with a big weight in a slowly run affair last Saturday, is probably a $1.40 chance in this.
A three-year-old with plenty of upside, How's The Serenity broke through at start three last August and contested two further events before being tipped out, resuming this autumn with a strong victory on March 24, prevailing despite racing three-wide throughout that 1200m trip.
Up in the weights now is the daughter of Magnus but she's well down in class for Wednesday's assignment and drawing for a good run in transit under Peter Knuckey, only needs to hold her current form here third-up to be bouncing back to the winners stall.
IRON JACK HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Ascot Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 1 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, he 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, who won again on April 17, putting a much bigger margin on Highland Beat.
Given how strong that 1000m dash was and just being too far back against some very speedy rivals, this gelding is worth another chance on Wednesday, facing probably the weakest field he's ever seen and after the 3kg Kristy Bennett claim, is well in at the weights.