Saturday Racing Preview Ascot: Preview Of All Live ITV Races
We were very unlucky not to come away with a winner last weekend. Show Me Show Me was edged out in a photo finish, but at least we landed each way bets at 33/1. Fleeting went agonisingly close in the big one at the Curragh. Frankie poached a lead while she was stuck in a pocket and she just had too much ground to make up. Hopefully we get a change in fortune on Saturday as we are overdue a winner. Dave Stevos has previewed all live ITV races, check out his free Saturday Racing Tips Ascot below…
Ascot Saturday Tips: 1.50 Princess Margaret Stakes (Group 3)
First up on a superb afternoon card at Ascot is the Princess Margaret Stakes. This 6f Group 3 is for 2yo fillies only and 12 will go to post. Summer Romance, a dashing daughter of Kingman, is a short price to follow up her commanding Listed win at Newmarket. She romped home by 6L that day and plenty of good judges were seriously impressed. It was hard not to be, but the 4th home in her last win (8L behind) was beaten in a handicap off 81 next time out and the opposition will be a lot stiffer here.
At double figure odds, Good Vibes looks a smashing each way bet. David Evans immediately said that his filly would win the Queen Mary after her Listed win at York. She has improved hoof over foot with every run and she will relish the quick ground at Ascot on Saturday. By Due Diligence, Evans has stated that she is the best he has trained. She didn’t get the chance to prove him right at the Royal Meeting, but she could rectify that now.
Her form has a bit more substance too, with the filly she beat at York going on to run a cracker in the Super Sprint last week. Jim Crowley does well when riding for Evans (11 winners from 87 rides with 30 more top 4 finishes). She has to overcome a 71 day break, but Evans can ready one and at odds of 10/1 Good Vibes could put it right up to the favourite.
SATURDAY RACING TIPS ASCOT: GOOD VIBES E/W @ 10/1
Ascot Preview Saturday: 2.25 – Porsche Handicap (Class 2)
Surprisingly, only 8 will go to post for this valuable 3yo 8f handicap but despite the small field, it looks a tricky puzzle to solve. To be honest, it is a struggle to find any sort of value. All the horses look priced up near enough correctly, with Wings of Time and Motakhayyel joint favourites at around 10/3. They both look to hold leading chances, but one that might figure at a bigger price is Prince Of Harts.
Rod Millman has his string in sparkling form, as we found out to our cost in the Super Sprint last weekend. This son of Dalakhani won on his handicap debut on his seasonal return off 70. Bar one or two minor blips, he has continued improving and he added to his tally off 76 two runs back at Nottingham. The forecast rain shouldn’t bother him too much either as he has decent form on soft.
Prince Of Harts ran really well on the round course here last time to finish 3rd off 83. He is in off the same mark here but upped in class he now carries a feather weight. Holly Doyle will ride and she has had a fine season. Given how long it took Prince of Harts to hit top gear on the round course, the switch to a straight mile could really suit. At odds of 10/1 he is the each way pick in a wide open race.
SATURDAY RACING TIPS ASCOT: PRINCE OF HARTS E/W @ 10/1
Saturday Racing Preview Ascot: 3.00 – International Handicap (Class 2)
A maximum field of 29 will line up for this 7f Heritage Handicap and it is wide open. The one I like at an absolutely huge price is Zap for Fahey and McHugh. This son of Mayson won a couple of big ones at the backend of last season, but he has yet to hit top gear this term. According to the bookies he has no hope, as his odds of 50/1 indicate. However, a pretty good case can be made for him and those odds look wrong.
This 4yo ran a blinder in this last season when drawn on the wrong side. He got buffeted about a bit when coming with his run but he wasn’t beaten all that far. Zap was only 2L behind the winner and that run came off a mark of 97. He is 6lb lower now after some moderate runs this season, but he was far from disgraced last time out at Newmarket.
That came off today’s mark of 91 and while he was 10th, he was only 3L behind the winner and 1.5L off a place. He won a top handicap at Leopardstown on Champions Weekend last season off 95, so if he returns to form he is well capable off 91. He is Fahey’s only runner, he won’t mind a drop of rain and at 50/1 he is the each way selection.
SATURDAY RACING TIPS ASCOT: ZAP E/W @ 50/1 NB 6 PLACES
Ascot Racing Preview: 3.40 – King George VI Stakes (Group 1)
The concluding live race of the day on ITV at Ascot is the Group 1 King George Stakes. This is a mouth-watering 12f contest and it could be argued it is one of the best races of the season so far. Enable, unbeaten since April 2017, is going for her 11th win in a row. She held on well on her comeback at Sandown, beating Magical in the Eclipse (10f gd/fm). Stepping back up to 12f will suit, rain will pose no problems and she looks rock solid at 8/13.
One that looks potentially overpriced at odds of 16/1 is Waldgeist. I tipped this fella up at Royal Ascot when he finished 3rd behind Crystal Ocean. Waldgeist stayed on really well late on over the 10f trip, shaping as though the return to further would suit. Stepping back up to 12f on better ground should bring out the best in him, and on his run in the Arc last year he has very little to find with Enable.
He was denied a clear run at a crucial time and flew home for 4th, less than 2L behind Enable at Longchamp. Okay, he was a lot further behind her at the Breeders Cup but he didn’t run to anywhere near his best that day. Andre Fabre’s son of Galileo is a very talented performer and he is capable of putting it up to all of these on a going day. Odds of 16/1 represent serious value and he is the each way NAP of the day.