Ascot Preview – Saturday March 3, 2012

There are eight races scheduled to take place at Ascot racecourse in Perth this Saturday March 3, 2012.

Of those eight, all the attention will be on the fourth, sixth and seventh with those being Listed type races worth $80,000 each.

The 1100 metre 2012 Supremacy Stakes will kick off the important races of the day and features some of the most promising two-year-olds in the West.

Miss Solis is a filly to watch, with the Simon A Miller trained horse having won both her starts to date.

Wombie’s Legacy could be another in the reckoning, having won his last race in Bunbury last weekend while the Lindsey Smith trained Fuddle Dee Duddle has two wins and a second from four starts.

Fuddle Dee Duddle, a filly, won her last start in mid January in the Advanced Hot Water & Air Plate at Ascot.

Secret Scandal has had one victory from one trip to the track taking out the Westspeed Plate on February 22.

The next big race of the day in Perth will be the 2012 Ascot 1000 Guineas which will be run over 1800 metres.

Despite carrying a one kilogram weight penalty, it is expected that Pop Culture will be amongst the front runners on Saturday. The Chris Webster trained filly has three wins and two placings from just six starts.

She won her maiden race in Pinjarra in early January and followed it up with victory in the Handicap later that month. In her last start she managed second in the Budget Challenge Stakes at Ascot on February 18.

Stay Lady Stay has drawn barrier 15 but if she can overcome the wide start she is a horse with potential having won two of four races including victory in the Perth Iceworks Handcap in early February.

Lindsey Smith trained horse The Social Network is another who has experienced success in a short career having recorded one win and four placings from her six outings.

Coming off some strong form in Bunbury races is Opera Seria and it will be interesting to see how she handles the step up to the Metropolitan track.

The final Listed race of this Saturday’s Ascot meet is the 2012 Schweppes – T.J. Smith Trophy for three-year-old colts and geldings.

It will be run over 1600 metres and the likes of Full Reign, Uncle George and Lord Hatras are likely to be among the front runners.

Full Reign has won its last two starts with the gelding’s last race resulting in victory in the Budget Challenge Stakes at Ascot.

Mike Storer trained Lord Hatras has two wins from fifteen visits to the track but he was beaten by three others in his last start in the Budget Challenge Stakes.

Uncle George has a fifty percent strike record having won two of its four races and it will be interesting to see whether the Frankie Maynard trained gelding can handle a slight step up in distance with the previous victories coming over 1200 metres.

Other horses set to run in the 2012 T.J. Smith Trophy include Wicked game, Dash for Home and Located.

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