Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders provides his three best bets in front of the ITV4 cameras on Saturday.
The opening race in front of the ITV4 cameras on Saturday is 1m4f handicap (1.30) and the horse to side with each-way is SAVVY KNIGHT.
I’m warming to his chances with the ground at the Berkshire track drying out, as he returns to the scene of his fourth in the King George V Stakes last season.
That form is excellent as the winner, second and third are now established Group performers and rated 17lb, 27lb and 11lb higher, while Savvy Knight gets to run off 2lb lower with top apprentice Harry Davies aiding his cause further by taking another 3lb off.
There have been excuses for his subsequent defeats as he seemingly failed to stay 1m6f at York and Sandown before struggling on heavy ground at Doncaster at the end of a busy campaign.
This four-year-old caught the eye on his return at Kempton when he suffered a troubled passage in fourth, and that form is also strong with subsequent successes in good handicaps from the second and 11th home. Savvy Knight can build on that return.
Next up at Ascot is the mile fillies' handicap (2.05) and this is often landed by a smart one, with subsequent Group 1 winners Dreamloper and Urban Fox successful in the past four years.
ONE MORNING has loads to find to emulate those two top-class fillies, but this lightly raced four-year-old did hold an entry in the Coronation Stakes last summer after impressively winning her maiden at Newmarket.
The form of her final start at three when she finished third in a Kempton novice under a penalty behind the now 112-rated Laurel looks red-hot, with five of the six fillies who trailed home behind her registering at least one victory subsequently.
The Roger Varian-trained second, who has not been seen since, is also intriguingly entered in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge at Royal Ascot next month.
I suspect she could be thrown in off an opening mark of 82 on her fourth outing and the advice is to back her each-way with bet365 offering four places.
My ante-post fancy for Ascot’s feature Victoria Cup (2.40), Rhoscolyn, has drawn in stall eight and that puts me off.
No Victoria Cup winner in the past decade has been drawn in a single-figure box and it pays to be high, with horses berthed in stalls 27, 26 and 28 filling the first three positions in the previous running.
PEROTTO also caught my attention at the beginning of the week on his stable debut for Roger Varian, but the prospect of soft ground put me off.
However, I’m anticipating good to soft going and that should be fine for this well-handicapped sort, who is positioned ideally in stall 21.
Wind the clock back a year and Perotto was rated 110 and contesting Listed and Group prizes for former trainer Marcus Tregoning.
He generally fell short of that class, yet ran some decent races in defeat, and a change of scenery might just work the oracle off his lowest mark in two years.
A former Britannia Stakes winner, Perotto likes the straight track at Ascot and should appreciate this stiff seven furlongs with a slight ease underfoot. Take advantage of the six places on offer with bet365.