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Ascot Betting Tips for April 13, 2024 - Queen to rule

Last updated: 11 Apr 2024
Martin Pennington 11 Apr 2024
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  • Ascot hosts a nine-race program on April 13
  • Best bets for races include Battle Commander, Real Danger, Own the Queen, and Here For Cheques
  • Predictions include bets for Quayclean Plate, Marjorie Charleson Classic, Schweppes W.A.T.C. Derby, and the Strangelove Handicap
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The Group 2 WATC Derby headlines Saturday's Ascot program. (Getty)

Ascot hosts a nine-race program on April 13 and our best bets are available below.
  • Ascot Tips April 13
  • Quayclean Plate Tips (Race 1)
  • Marjorie Charleson Classic Tips (Race 3)
  • Schweppes W.A.T.C. Derby (Group 2) Tips (Race 7)
  • Strangelove Handicap Tips (Race 8)

Ascot Tips April 13

Quayclean Plate Tips (Race 1)

Ascot Next Best Bet - Race 1 No. 1 Battle Commander

The gelding has plenty of experience having made eight previous starts including when narrowly beaten over 1100m when runner-up here in November.

The pick has registered a number of good efforts since and a switch to front-running tactics has seen the youngster perform well following a couple of unplaced efforts at big odds.

Paul Jordan’s two-year-old lost out by less than a length when attempting to make all the running prior to finishing second over this trip at Belmont Park on March 20. 

The son of Rommel was overhauled late on that day but made amends when triumphing by nearly half-a-length over the same distance returning to this venue two weeks ago.

The selection found plenty for pressure on that occasion and the drop back in distance shouldn’t pose too many issues.

Regular rider Craig Staples is again in the saddle and with that course success under his belt and a good barrier his mount looks up to making all.

Marjorie Charleson Classic Tips (Race 3)

Ascot Best Bet - Race 3 No. 2 Real Danger

The five-year-old has demonstrated strong form over this distance this prep winning twice from three starts over 1200m.

Those efforts include a front-running success when taking the Listed Cyril Flower Stakes on a good 4 track at Bunbury three starts back.

The pick came home nearly two lengths clear of her rivals on that occasion having previously taken the Listed Scenic Blast Stakes over this track and trip prior.

The mare faded late on when a close-up fifth in the 1300m Listed Pinjarra Classic at Pinjarra Scarpside on her penultimate start and she dropped in trip to 1000m last time.

A below-par effort from Daniel Morton’s representative resulted but she was unable to get to the lead that day and should have no issues on that score back up to 1200m.

Barrier three is a positive and with Chris Parnham returning to the saddle she is selected to return to winning ways. 

Schweppes W.A.T.C. Derby (Group 2) Tips (Race 7)

Ascot Feature Bet - Race 7 No. 14 Own The Queen

While the William Pike & Grant & Alana Williams team boast a phenomenal record in this race it’s hard to get past Justine Erkelens filly in the feature race.

The daughter of Awesome Rock has swept all before her since disappointing over 1400m when making her debut at Ascot in December.

The selection is unbeaten in five starts since with three of those coming in stakes races at this track including when winning the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas over 1000m here three starts back.

Troy Turner’s mount overcame issues with her tack and slipping at the start when winning on that occasion and has since proven she stays further. 

The pick’s two subsequent victories include a victory over this course and distance when contesting the Group 3 WA Oaks two weeks ago.

A wide alley shouldn’t pose any issues for the tactically versatile performer who can continue her winning run by defeating the boys on her first start on a wet track. 

Strangelove Handicap Tips (Race 8)

Ascot Value Bet - Race 8 No. 2 Here For Cheques

Bernie Miller’s first runner in nearly two months demonstrated good form here earlier this season registering three placed efforts and a win from his seven starts this campaign.

The first of those placed efforts saw the gelding lose out by a narrow margin when runner-up in a Benchmark 58+ handicap in December.

While the form of that contest could be working out better the gelding recorded his third career win when saluting by nearly half-a-length over 1500m here in January.

That latest effort has produced a couple of subsequent winners with the fifth and ninth both registering victories in the interim period.

The selection was beaten just over a length when fifth first up last prep while the drop in distance is no issue jumping from an inside barrier.

The four-year-old appeared to handle the forecast soft 5 going in a barrier trial earlier in his career and looks value to resume with a win.


Our Ascot selections for Saturday, April 13 are:

Best Bet1: Own The Queen To Win @18/5 at PlayUP - 2 Units
Best Bet2: Real Danger To Win @43/20 at Boombet - 4 Units
Best Bet3: Battle Commander To Win @33/10 at betfair - 2 Units
Best Bet4: Here For Cheques Each Way @11/1 at bet365 Australia - 1 Unit
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