2020 Strickland Stakes Day Tips & Preview

Race 1: Free Entry to Belmont Park Plate (1000m), 1:58pm
No. 3 Born To Rule

Madam Torio broke through for her maiden in style over the track and distance a fortnight ago winning by close to six lengths under Chris Parnham. She can easily go on with it now from an identical draw, especially with the majority of this field on debut.

If we get a soft track on Saturday, it could play into the hands of Born To Rule, who should give them something to chase from up front.

The daughter of Universal Ruler won her maiden on a Soft 6 two weeks over the same course and distance and could easily lead all the way here.

Billy Ain’t Silly has plenty of hype around him following two impressive trial wins. He’s drawn to get the gun run, but might be a touch unders on debut.

Race 2: Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap (1300m), 2:35pm
No Bet

Windstorm is back again at odds-on after cruising to a comfortable second-up win last start under William Pike.

The Wizard of the West is shooting for two in a row now aboard the future black-type sprinter and is impossible to back against carrying only 54.5kg.

Military Ruler is next best stepping back to the 1300m after finding the placings first-up.

Race 3: Westspeed Platinum Handicap (1400m), 3:15pm
No. 2 Zephyr Queen, No. 6 Beat the Bell EW

Zephyr Queen maps to go to the front, and if she establishes a decent gap between herself and the rest of the field, she should prove tough to run down.

The mare by Universal Ruler was run down by a good horse last time out in Western Pride, but from barrier 2, she should enjoy racing to her preferred pattern along the rails.

Beat The Bell was a comfortable winner in her last start where she won by a length.

The Sharon Miller-trained mare is a two-time winner over this distance and might just work her way into the placings from the back of the field.

Race 4: Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1400m), 3:55pm
No. 2 Levitate

Bright Diamond is on the short backup after being run down by Mood Swings last week over the 1200m.

The I Am Invincible filly has been installed as the short-priced favourite again and should prove tough to hold out from the soft gate.

Levitate looks the main danger with some decent form lines around Aberdeen Queen and Indian Pacific coming in.

The Simon Miller three-year-old hasn’t missed a place in four starts at Ascot and his last start second suggests he’s ready for the 1400m.

Race 5: Hahn Superdry-Strickland Stakes (2000m), 4:42pm
No. 8 Mississippi Delta

Conditions look ideal here for Perfect Jewel to make it a hat-trick.

The five-year-old mare by Redoute’s Choice couldn’t have been more impressive claiming back-to-back wins in the Belmont Sprint and the Hyperion Stakes, and with some rain forecast, she should lap up the soft track.

The Velvet King was a good thing beaten in the Hyperion and is now looking to end a string of runner-up performances. He’s unproven over the 2000m but could find the placings again if he settles up on the speed.

Mississippi Delta has won third-up in the past and strips fitter for her last start third in the Hyperion.

She gets only 57kg here with William Pike retaining the ride, and with two wins previously over the distance, there’s plenty to like.

Race 6: Schweppes Handicap (1600m), 5:20pm
No. 5 Sublime Image

Costa Del Santo is flying since his return to the races with two wins and a pair of placings to his name. He’s back carrying 60kg now, but the step up to the mile looks ideal following his last start second behind Serenity Bay over the 1400m.

Sublime Image won second-up over the mile at Ascot back in the Spring and warrants plenty of respect with William Pike back in the saddle.

The Redoute’s Choice mare was caught wide in her first-up run over the 1400m a fortnight ago but looks one of the main dangers here from the inside gate.

Porphyrio is also tough to fault having found the placings in all seven of her runs this time in.

She doesn’t mind it firm or soft and should be found doing her best work late from the wide draw.

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Race 7: Amelia Park Handicap (1000m), 5:50pm
No. 4 Super Maxi

Essential Spice is a proven commodity over this distance with five wins and six placings to her name.

She’s drawn to get the rails run here under William Pike and also has a decent first-up record to suit.

Fire and Rain is definitely one for exotics on the short backup for the first time in his career. He stormed home for second last week over the track and distance a length behind Cryptic Love and remains down in the weights from a similar gate.

Super Maxi is having his third run back from a spell and has won third-up previously.

The six-year-old by Redoute’s Choice is better than his second-up run suggests and he now gets back to his preferred distance where he’s won three times previously.

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Race 8: Crown Perth Handicap (1000m), 6:20pm
No. 1 False Statement

Silkinize holds a perfect 2-0 record first-up and has drawn to get the gun run under Paul Harvey from barrier 2.

The three-year-old has drawn big praise off his trial effort at Lark Hill earlier in the month and has drawn to get the gun run under Paul Harvey from barrier 2.

False Statement is having his third run back and has a strong record on soft tracks to suit.

The son of Star Witness showed no problems carrying the top weight when winning first-up over the track and distance last month. He’s better than his second-up run suggests and the fact Peter Knuckey jumps on board is a big plus.

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Race 9: Vale Ron Nicol Handicap (2100m), 6:50pm
No. 4 Kia Ora Star

Tough way to end the day, but don’t mind the look of Kia Ora Star after missing out narrowly behind Noir De Rue last start over the 2000m.

The six-year-old ran his heart out at Ascot three starts back for a win and rarely runs a bad race here at Belmont. He maps to go forward from barrier 6 and tends to like racing with the sting out of the track.