Ascot Racing Preview - November 23

WA Guineas (PR6) - Miss Rose De Lago led all the way to win the Champion Fillies Stakes as short-price favourite and there is no reason why she can’t repeat that effort against a similar field in the WA Guineas. The major question will be whether she contests the lead from barrier twelve or if Peter Knuckey opts to take a sit and allow Vitello from the Gai Waterhouse stable to set the tempo. Vitello will be partnered by in-form jockey Damien Oliver who will give the son of Snitzel every opportunity from barrier three. Local trainer Simon Miller will be confident he can extend Saint Bro’s unbeaten record after saluting in the listed Fairetha Stakes a fortnight ago. The strong tempo up front could set the race up for swoooper Run for Rum who found himself trapped wide and too far back off a slow pace in the Fairetha.

Selections: Run for Rum , Vitello , Saint Bro , Miss Rose De Lago

Winterbottom Stakes (PR7) - Queensland visitor Buffering is primed for a tilt at his third consecutive group one win when he heads the field in the Winterbottom Stakes. Buffering took 36 starts to crack his first Group 1 and hasn’t looked back since notching up another dominant win in the VRC Sprint down the Flemington straight. He will, however, have his first start in Ascot, where leading local chance Barakey has made the track his fortress unbeaten in six starts there. Barkaey will have every chance to extend that record from barrier two and will be the likely leader ahead of Buffering. A speed battle up front could set up the race for Power Princess who flew home in the Prince of Wales to finish a narrow second behind Barakey, while Moment of Change will have his work cut out for him from a wide gate off a solid tempo.

Selections: Barakey , Buffering , Moment of Change , Spirit of Boom

Railway Stakes (PR8) - 2012 Railway Stakes winner Mr Moet will go around at good odds in Western Australia’s richest race and rightly so after a long Spring preparation where he failed to register a placing. He will improve heading back to Perth, however, will face stiff opposition from eastern state visitors including the improving Smokin’ Joey, who was unlucky to miss the bob against Boban in the Emirates Stakes after winning the Chatham Stakes the week before. Longport was impressive on Stakes day when scoring an all-the-way win and will go forward from barrier 12 with former English galloper Mutual Trust who has been unlucky this preparation. Robert Heathcote’s mare Fire Up Fifi has drawn the car park and is likely to go straight back with gun Brisbane jockey Damian Browne in the saddle. She was a surprise packet during the Spring Carnival winning the Blazer and finishing in the prizemoney behind Red Tracer in her past two starts.

Selections: Mutual Trust , Smokin’ Joey , Fire Up Fifi , Longport