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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Ascot

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Roar Guru
7th December, 2018
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The Masters at Ascot wraps up this Saturday by the race of the Carnival, the Group l Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

Here are my five plays across the meeting.

Bet One – Each Way – Race Four Number 7 Pearl Trade
I think she’s one of the better each way gambles across Australia for Saturday. Alan Matthews trains this mare, who comes through the Royal Statue race from two weeks back where she got a mile off them in the run and despite wanting to lay in, she produced some very good late splits to run fourth.

She has gate one so she can sit closer, and I think she’s a great gamble. The double figures are more than acceptable.

Bet Two – Each Way – Race Five Number 4 Cup Night
Another at double figures I could very much entertain. Talented three year old for the Bernie Miller stable who comes through the Placid Ark from two weeks ago. I was on him at the big odds and his run wasn’t too bad considering the race was dominated by those on speed, and he did clock some decent late splits.

If the breaks go his way, he has a booming finale and can win.

Bet Three – Win – Race Six Number 1 Celebrity Dream
She should successfully defend her title from last year. She did a great job in the Jungle Mist I thought a fortnight back over 1200m, getting back off the pace but finishing off her race with real purpose to run second to the well-backed Misty Metal. Up to 1400m a big tick and clearly the horse to beat.

One of a couple of good things on the program for mine.

Bet Four – Win – Race Seven Number 5 Mississippi Delta
This girl is the good thing on the program. Team Williams trains this mare, who looks the best of the B Graders when it comes to Perth Cup and should continue her winning ways en route to the feature.

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The Tatts Cup win here a fortnight ago was dominant and she won with real class and authority. She should put these way with normal luck.

Bet Five – Each Way – Race Eight Number 1 Trap For Fools
The Concussion Plates are the worry but on form, he’s clearly the horse to beat. I was on Latrobe in the Mackinnon and thought he was home when presented, but Trap For Fools just wouldn’t die wondering, kept kicking in front and in the end was too tough for the international.

From all reports, he arrived in Perth a tired horse, but has done well since at Lindsey Smith’s stable. He’ll likely lead this field and will give an almighty sight.