Tycoonist (Rosehill Race 10 No. 5)
This four-year-old Written Tycoon gelding trained by Chris Waller has four wins and eight places from 19 starts. When resuming from a 14 week spell he chased hard and got 2nd on protest after interference near the 200m over 1100m at Rosehill on 4 December. Last start he was a 0.6 length winner over 1200m at Randwick with the best last 800m race sectional of the day at the distance on 18 December. Likely to race on the speed and rates highly.
Never Second (Rosehill Race 6 No. 3):
This four-year-old Zoustar mare trained by Annabel Neasham has four wins and two places from eight starts. She led all the way on a heavy track for a 1.3 length win over 1200m at Kembla Grange on 11 December, then led all the way again for a 2.5 length win on soft going over 1200m at Gosford on 29 December. She is in great form, handles rain-affected going and looks a nice each-way bet.
Kingsheir (Rosehill Race 5 No. 8):
This five-year-old Kingman gelding trained by Chris Waller is the early favourite in this 3YO & Up BM 88 Handicap over 1400m. He has an enviable record of three wins and five places from 10 starts, but has not won on soft or heavy tracks. He chased hard for 0.1 length 2nd over 1800m at Kensington on 29 September, then kept chasing for 0.9 length 3rd over 1600m on a soft track at Kembla Grange on 20 November. Returns from a seven week let-up and prepared to risk him on what is expected to be a rain-affected track.
Best Bets Our Ascot Horse Racing Tips for Saturday's meeting. Spin The Knife (Ascot Race 1 No. 1) Spin The Knife resumes in this 3YO Plate after a 15 week spell. In the Spring he won by 3.2 lengths over 1000m at Belmont on 25 September, then was picked off in the final stride for 0.1 length 2nd in the 3YO Classic over 1000m at Ascot on 9 October. Has won both his previous first-up starts and has a class edge. Rates very well and will be
Best Bets Our Gawler Racing Tips for the weekend. Victory Bandit (Gawler Race 5 No. 5) Sue & Jason Jaensch train this four-year old mare. She winded to the line when 3.2 lengths 6th over 2040m at Morphettville on 26 December, then battled away to gain the upper hand in the final 50m for a 0.7 length win on a soft track over 2106m at Gawler on 8 January.She seems to like this track and looks the leading hope. $3.20 Each Way
Best Bets Our Doomben Horse Racing Tips for the weekend. Mix (Doomben Race 7 No. 3) With three wins from three starts this campaign, Lee Freedman is putting this four-year-old Medaglia d'Oro gelding in the right races. He was bumped at the start before going on to a 0.2 length win over 1200m at Gold Coast on soft going on 11 December, then led all the way for a lovely 2.5 length win over 1200m at Kilcoy on 13 January. Rates highly. $3.75
Best Bets Our Moonee Valley Horse Racing Tips for Saturday's meeting. In The Boat (Moonee Valley Race 8 No. 11) Lightly raced Lindsey Smith galloper with four wins and three placings from his seven career runs. He lead around Caulfield at a fast speed last start and offered a strong kick on the turn to fend off the smart Marine One with a good gap back to third. Maps to find the lead again here with just 55kg on his back after the claim. Think the Valley