Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Saturday’s Belmont meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 9 races. Good luck, punters!

Track Condition: Soft 5

Rail Position: Out 3m entire circuit

Belmont R1 -2YO Plate 1400m

12:04 (local time)

TOP OF THE POPS made it two from two when he finished too well to win at Ascot last start. Drawn to get the perfect run in transit and he can win again.

MISS DRAKOVA looks suited getting out to the 1400m at third start. She has been placed in both runs and looks ready to win.

OPTIMAL is a debutant that was 2nd/8 Lark Hill trial 950m (58.21) 2/5. Would be looking for some stable support and if so would respect.


GOD HAS CHOSEN raced on the speed but just finished too well to win at Ascot last start. He looks bit too good for these and can win again.

WATCH ME DANCE deserves a win this prep. She has filled a placing in all three starts this time in and from ideal barrier should make her presence felt.

FRIARESQUE did not finish the race off well enough at Ascot last start but he had been racing well enough previously and may sneak into a minor spot.


Thought that APPLE SCHNAPPS was over the odds in this. He comes into this third-up from spell and happy to have something on him each way.

STAY SAFE resumes from spell. He raced consistently last time in work and from ideal barrier he should get all the favours. He will be in mix.

LA FAROLA is another that has had a couple of runs back from spell. Third-up and she has the ability to be in the mix.


SNIPPY MISS stayed on valiantly when placed at Ascot last start. She is going to need some luck from her barrier draw but looks nice each way value.

ARNIE’S BOY comes into this third-up from spell. Battled on well when placed at Ascot last start. Third-up from spell and ready to find best form.

WUNDERKIND was poor last start at Ascot but she had been racing consistently previously and if forgive one bad run must consider.


GALACTIC STORM finished too well to win at Pinjarra first-up then he started favourite at Ascot last start and just missed in driving finish. Third-up and can return to winners stall.

THE VELVET QUEEN was touch unlucky when held up at vital stage when just missed first-up. She will be better from that outing and can go one better.

MY DILEMMA won at Ascot three starts back then she has not been beaten that far in a couple of runs since. Awkward draw but can sneak a place in this.


NOWHITEFLAG resumes from spell. Bold front runner who was dominant first-up at Ascot last time in work. Should cross and lead and the one to catch again.

GO FORWARD is another having first run back from spell. He has been placed in three of four first-up tries and although drawn wide will get chance.

PREMIUM CHOICE finished too well and got the prize at Ascot last start. Drawn to get the perfect run in behind the speed and he can win again.


Liked the win of GINGER GREEN at Ascot last start and that made it two wins from last three starts. Drawn perfectly and no reason he cannot win again.

ALBUKHTURI has been racing in consistent form without winning. Should get nice run in behind speed and will get chance last 200m.

ARNO THE FOX arguably should have won at Ascot two starts back then he was overran late after leading last start. He can bounce back ridden a little quieter.


ELITE STREET finished too well and got the job done winning the Northam Stakes first-up from break. Class sprinter and he can win again.

Did not mind the way CUP NIGHT hit the line when beaten less than 3 lengths at Northam first-up. Will be better from the run and second-up record is sound (7:3-1-1).

INDIAN PACIFIC looked like he would benefit from the run first-up in the Northam Stakes when peaked on run late. He will be up front for a long way in this.


SECRET PLAN looks the one to beat in the last. He has sound first-up record (4:2-0-2) and although needs some luck from wide gate happy to put him on top.

TIMELY OUTBURST controlled the race from the front and sprinted clear for soft win first-up at Ascot. Expect she will strip fitter and she can make it two straight.

CROSS STATEMENT broke through for well-deserved win at Ascot last start. He had been placed in two runs to begin campaign and no reason he cannot win again.