The Listed Miss Andretti Stakes headlines another quality nine-race program this Saturday at Ascot.
Indian Pacific has been installed as the short-priced favourite in the market, but the talented sprinter appears to have his work cut out with the likes of Flirtini, Samizdat and Melvyn all accepting.
We’ve previewed all nine races on the card and our best bets can be found below.
Race 1 - 2:43pm AEDT
Westspeed Platinum Maiden (1100m)
Not the most appealing race to start the day, but it does look a winnable one for Ginger Knight to finally break his maiden.
The five-year-old has found the placings in each of his last two starts and showed a real turn of foot a fortnight ago when third at Pinjarra.
He appears to be wanting further now and Jason Whiting should be able to find a spot just off the speed from barrier seven.
1 Unit Ginger Knight
Race 2 - 3:23pm AEDT
Own the Dream 2021 Launch Plate (1100m)
This is another tricky one with more than half the field on debut.
Glacier Miss showed enormous ability on debut when third at Ascot back in November. She ran home nicely to fill the placings and rates a serious chance again fresh.
Joseph Azzopardi gets in nice and light at the weights and the pair should give their rivals something to catch.
1 Unit Glacier Miss
Race 3 - 4:05pm AEDT
Peoplestart Handicap (1400m)
Majinka had excuses first-up over shorter where he had to do a ton of work from the wide draw.
The old boy is a three-time winner second-up and apprentice Kristy Bennett should have much less work to do from barrier three.
He’s done some of his best work at this venue and should take some real catching up on the speed.
1 Unit E/W Majinka
Race 4 - 4:50pm AEDT
Amelia Park Handicap (1400m)
Giant Leap looks ready to win after returning a solid runner-up performance to Night Voyage first-up over the 1000m.
He gets William Pike back in the saddle looking to go one better and should have even less work to do this time from a kinder draw.
The Grant and Alana Williams-trained four-year-old rattled off two wins over this trip at Pinjarra and Belmont during the winter and there looks to be plenty of improvement to come.
3 Units Giant Leap
Race 5 - 5:30pm AEDT
Schweppes Plate (1200m)
Magical Dream returned to the races with a huge win at Northam over a touch shorter before adding another comfortable win second-up in the Listed Belgravia Stakes.
This Peters Investments filly was far from disgraced over further in the Burgess Queen Stakes and she also made up some good ground for sixth last time out in the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes.
She now resumes from a spell looking to add to her perfect first-up record and should find this much easier with William Pike in the saddle.
3 Units Magic Dream
Race 6 - 6:00pm AEDT
Crown Sports Bar Handicap (2200m)
Defiantly won well two starts back over the track and trip before finding the rise to Group 3 level a little tougher when fifth in the La Trice Stakes.
She gets back to the right race now carrying only 54.5kg and has drawn to get a lovely run in transit from barrier four.
Apprentice Lucy Warwick has been the key to this horse riding her to three wins over the last couple of years and she represents good value at the $5.00 quote.
1 Unit Defiantly
Race 7 - 6:35pm AEDT
Seacorp Handicap (1000m)
Time To Sizzle won well two runs back at Belmont over this trip before running into two good horses in Tajmali and Western Rhythm last time out for third.
She’s sure to be better for that experience and has a strong first-up record to suit.
Apprentice Madi Derrick’s claim has been put to good use and the pair should be able to establish a spot just off the speed from barrier six.
1 Unit Time To Sizzle
Race 8 - 7:15pm AEDT
Listed Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m)
Indian Pacific is always tough to back against around this distance, but he does look a slight question up in weight.
Flirtini looks the value bet stepping back to the 1200m after having no luck last time out in the Group 3 Scahill Stakes.
It’s been over a year since Simon Miller’s mare won a race, but she did show plenty two runs back finding the line for fifth in the Winterbottom.
The five-year-old doesn’t mind racing from a wide draw and we know she has the finishing speed to figure. William Pike in the saddle is also a big plus.
1 Unit E/W Flirtini
Race 9 - 7:50pm AEDT
Quayclean Handicap (1800m)
Ration Aly bolted in to win by a length two weeks ago over the mile and she looks ready for the step up to the 1800m now.
The mare was a consistent customer last time in work winning three consecutive starts and it appears she’s found her form again with Paul Harvey in the saddle.
The inside alley has her mapping just off the speed, and with even luck, she should be too strong for most of these over the final stages.
1 Unit Ration Aly