Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia is widely considered to be the state’s premier racing venue. It’s one of the oldest facilities in the West and hosts some of the the top racing in WA.
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.
Perhaps it’s no coincidence that WA has had more of a habit of producing high quality sprinters in recent times.
Generally speaking, as is the case for most places, the best racing happens in the Spring and Summer months. The Perth Cup is probably the one that punters enjoy the most, which usually happens over the New Year period.
Stats You Need To Know
Of the jockeys, William Pike is the clear standout in WA over the last 12 months. He’s winning at an impressive 28% in that time, while Tayla Stone comes in second at 18.5% from 97 starts in the same period.
Amongst the trainers, Grant & Alana Williams are winning at nearly 22% from 161 starts to lead the way. Adam Durrant is going along at 19% from 197 starts to come in second across the past year.
Finding An Edge
Champion’s Bets WA Winners analyst Mark Van Triet has been betting in the West for many years. As a former Jockey Manager he has been 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 is 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 fact?
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 although it will be interesting to see how Pounamu measures up in the Spring Carnival.
What sort of runner (pace wise) is most suited and why?
Ascot clearly favours the on-pacers. It’s a relative short straight (294 metres) and when the wind blows in an easterly direction it’s an added bonus to front runners.
Are there any jockeys or trainers that you really like at Ascot and why?
Willie Pike is the obvious but someone like Tayla Stone who is a very good front running rider is suited to Ascot. From the training ranks again the obvious Adam Durrant, Grant and Alana Williams, Simon Miller and also Dan Morton.
What sort of impact does the weather have at Ascot?
As mentioned previously 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 TABtouch Masters is an outstanding carnival that gets better each year with the influx of interstate horses from the East.
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 back markers on any track but especially Ascot with a short straight.
Racing at Ascot is just a month away now as the Spring gets into full swing.
Mark Van Triet has been able to gain an edge in Western Australia, with dry tracks and smaller fields enabling him to be a very profitable punter over the journey.