Our Finding An Edge At The Track series looks at some of Australia’s best racetracks and asks our pro punters for any tips when betting on them. Today, we check out Ascot Racecourse in Perth.
Ascot Racecourse in Perth is Western Australia’s premier racing venue, hosting the state’s top races.
The track itself has a wide circumference and is known to be tricky for the stayers, thanks largely to the up-slope on the straight.
Racing in Perth usually centres on Belmont in the colder months, with Ascot coming alive over the spring and summer The highlights are Ascot’s three Group 1 races in early December, and the Perth Cup, which takes place over the New Year period.
Finding An Edge at Ascot Racecourse
Former Champion Bets analyst Mark Van Triet has been betting in the West for many years. As a jockey manager he’s trusted by the likes of Oliver, Avdulla and the Schofields, so he knows his racing.
We asked him to share a few insights into how average punters can grab an edge when betting at Ascot.
Are there any nuances to Ascot that you notice in your analysis?
Ascot generally plays hard and fast, given they race from mid-October to late April.
It’s been suggested that Ascot is a tough track for stayers given the steep incline on the straight. Do you agree and do you notice any edge to be had based on that?
I’m not so sure about that. It’s probably more to do with the programming and breeding than anything else. Over the years Western Australia has produced more great sprinter-milers then stayers, with a few exceptions.
What sort of runner (pace wise) is most suited and why?
Ascot clearly favours the on-pacers. It’s a relatively short straight (294 metres), and when the wind blows in an easterly direction it’s an added bonus for front runners.
What sort of impact does the weather have at Ascot?
As mentioned, when the easterly gets up this certainly is a big bonus to leaders.
Are there any times of year that are best for betting at Ascot?
The carnival in December is great, and gets better each year with the influx of interstate horses.
What tips would you give for your average punter betting at Ascot?
Horses that have natural early speed and hold their spot are favoured greatly. High temperatures over the summer makes it difficult for the backmarkers on any track, but especially Ascot with a short straight.