2022 Miss Andretti Stakes Day Preview

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Black-type racing continues this Saturday in Perth with the running of the Listed Miss Andretti Stakes over 1100m. 

The rail is out 11m for the circuit and we should be racing on something close to a Good 4. 

Our best bets for the entire program can be found below. 

Race 1 - 2:43pm

Magic Millions Plate (1200m)

Not the easiest way to start the day with only a handful having faced the starter. 

Lucky Sue has been quite the opposite in two runs to date, finishing runner-up only narrowly over 1000m at Belmont and here at Ascot. 

She’ll only be fitter third-up, and racing on the quick backup suggests she’s pulled up well. 

0.5 Unit Lucky Sue

Race 2 - 3:23pm

Amelia Park Plate (1200m)

Trix of the Trade didn’t put a foot wrong during his maiden prep, winning on debut at Belmont before putting together two more impressive wins from four starts. 

He hasn’t been seen since winning over 1400m back in September, but his two recent trial runs have been impressive to say the least. 

The son of Trade Fair looks to be in good order and should look to make his own luck on speed from the low draw. 

1 Unit Trix of the Trade 

Race 3 - 4:05pm

Westspeed Platinum Handicap (1200m)

Fiery Water gets Willy Pike in his return to the races and we’re getting a nice price for him to run a place. 

The five-year-old by Playing God has a suitable first-up record with a win and a place to his name, while he’s also raced well here at Ascot in the past. 

Barrier 2 should see him push forward and take a sit just behind the lead. 

1 Unit E/W Fiery Water 

Race 4 - 4:50pm

Belhus Racing Stables Handicap (1000m)

Pink Carats has raced a little keenly in two runs back, but does look well-placed here over a shorter trip. 

The I Am Invincible gelding rolled forward first-up and got out to a big lead before fading late, but did look improved when settling behind the speed last time out at Belmont where he held on for a place. 

The Simon Miller-trained four-year-old has found the money in all three of his starts over 1000m, and should appreciate some weight relief. 

2 Units Pink Carats

Race 5 - 5:30pm

Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap (1400m)

Billy Ain’t Silly is a very consistent type that can be forgiven on his first-up run over 1200m. 

He peaked a little too early that day at the top of the straight and was well-beaten over the final stages, but this does look a nice bounce-race for him out to a distance he’s won over twice previously. 

Laqdar Ramoly has missed a place only twice from seven sits, and undefeated second-up, he should be running well. 

2 Units Billy Ain’t Silly 

Race 6 - 6:05pm

Striker Indoor Sports Leeming Handicap (1500m)

Fashion Queen has been costly in recent starts, but there’s no knock on her form coming in. 

Adam Durant’s mare kicked off her prep with a comfortable 1.5L win over 1400m at Geraldton and has since gone on to run a place in three of her four starts. 

She made up enormous ground from the rear two weeks ago over the mile at Belmont, and if William Pike can get her to settle a little closer this time, they’ll be hard to beat. 

3 Units Fashion Queen 

Race 7 - 6:45pm

Schweppes Handicap (1500m)

Hard to go past Cheval De Vaga here. 

The son of Lope de Vega made it a hat-trick on New Year’s Day winning by three-quarters of a length over 1400m after tucking in just behind the speed in the early going. 

He showed a real kick over the final furlong to race clear, and with the class of William Pike in the saddle now, there’s no reason he can’t win again. 

2 Units Cheval De Vaga

Race 8 - 7:20pm

Heineken 3 Handicap (1800m)

Chilli Is Hot owns win over further and has to be forgiven on her last start fourth in the Group 3 La Trice Classic over the same track and trip. 

Graeme Ballantyne’s mare loomed as the winner at the top of the straight but just lacked her usual speed in the finish. 

This is a step back in class, and she also gets Jason Whiting back in the saddle, who is responsible for four wins and two placings. 

3 Units Chili Is Hot 

Race 9 - 7:55pm

Listed Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m)

The feature looks a race in two between Miss Conteki and Clairvoyance. 

I’m with the former given she has a little more fitness on her side after scoring a massive fresh win in the Listed Summer Scorcher, a performance that saw her race from last to first. 

Simon Miller’s mare possesses enormous closing speed, and she tends to do her best work here at Ascot where she’s won seven from nine starts. 

She only raises ever so slightly in the weights, and the fact Chris Parnham remains in the irons is a huge plus. 

3 Units Miss Conteki 

Race 10 - 8:25pm

Crown Sports Bar Handicap (1200m)

Solid Azza bolted in to win over the same trip at Belmont two weeks ago and looks capable of going on with it now. 

Joseph Azzopardi proved the difference on him that day racing from last to first at the turn, and he’s likely to take a similar run in transit here after drawing a wide gate. 

David Harrison’s mare is a two-time winner over the Ascot 1200m and we’re getting a nice price for him to add to that record. 

2 Units Solid Azza