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 9m entire circuit
Belmont R1 – Two-years-old Plate 1200m
Going with the debutant AMJAAD to win at first start. She topped off her trials with a dominant win this track 1000m (1:01.53) 7/6 and from inside gate she looks ready for the racetrack.
ONE COOL GAL started favourite here on debut and she did not let supporters down with a dominant win. Drawn touch awkwardly but must follow again.
DIAMOND COMMAND finished too well for them winning here on debut. She will be better from the race experience and expect her to be in the mix again.
Belmont R2 – No Metro Wins last year Handicap 1300m
RULELEE was impressive over final 200m winning here last stat. She will need a touch of luck from her wide gate but no reason cannot make it two in a row.
SAFETY BAY ran on late and grabbed a share of the major prize two starts back then she chased home Rulelee here last outing. She will be in finish again.
Forget finishing position of ARNIE’S BOY here last start when badly held-up in the straight. Previous form had been good enough for this and he can bounce back.
Belmont R3 – Ratings 66+ Handicap 2200m
RELIABLE STAR just found one better here last start but she was brave in defeat. Looks ready to win and will not get better chance than this.
Liked the way ACTING GOD chased home to win here last start and he has been racing in consistent form. Drawn to get the ideal run in transit and he will be right in the mix.
ARAGAIN is becoming a little costly for punters but no doubting his ability. Placed in three of last four starts and can go one better.
Tip: RELIABLE STAR
Belmont R4 – Three-year-old Handicap 1000m
MY BABY BLUE JEAN resumes from a spell. Speedy filly who should drive through and lead these and recent Lark Hill trial win suggests she is forward enough for this.
BITOFMERIT resumes. He has been dominant in both starts arriving from the back with exciting turn-of-hoof. Plenty of speed in this and he can finish all over them.
ASTRAPE had a tough run here last start but she just kept digging final stages and got up to win. She might be in for a good prep and would not leave her out.
Tip: MY BABY BLUE JEAN
Belmont R5 – One Metro Win Handicap 1650m
FASHION QUEEN comes into this third-up from a spell. Improved effort when not beaten all that far here last start. She can figure.
VIA MONTE looks ready to win this campaign. Been close up in all three runs this campaign. He gets his chance to return to winners stall.
TESTING LOVE looked a little unlucky not to finish closer here last start when held-up from the corner. If she gets clear room here she can surprise these.
Tip: FASHION QUEEN
Belmont R6 – Rating 66+ Handicap 1200m
BURNYA TO SURVIVE resumes from spell. Worked through his classes with authority last time in work winning all four starts. Two trials will have him forward enough to win this.
TIMELY OUTBURST gave them a galloping lesson at Ascot first-up from spell then she has not been beaten all that far in two runs since. Drawn perfectly and she will go close.
GUNMETAL GREY was doing best work late here last start and not disgraced. Previous form was good enough to figure in this and a must for exotics.
Tip: BURNYA TO SURVIVE
Belmont R7 – Rating 72+ Handicap 1400m
EM TEE AYE comes into this ready third-up from spell. Been close up when placed in both runs back and he gets his chance to return to winners stall.
CHILI IS HOT caught the eye final stages from the back here first-up from spell. She is sure to strip fitter for this and from ideal barrier will make presence felt.
BRAVE DREAM resumes from a break. Finished her last campaign with a couple of solid wins and recent trials will have her ready for this.
Tip: EM TEE AYE
Belmont R8 – Strickland Stakes (Group 3) 2000m
GOD HAS CHOSEN won three in a row before luckless defeat last start. He looks bit better than these and clear top pick for me.
KAPTAIN KAOS finished too well to get up and win here last start. He will be giving them a start from the corner but has big finish and watch for him late.
NOTORIOUS ONE has been racing better than finishing positions suggest this campaign. Drawn perfectly and he can figure in this.
Tip: GOD HAS CHOSEN
Belmont R9 – Rating 78+ Handicap 1200m
IT’SARAYDAY bounced back to his best form winning as favourite here last start. That made it two wins from last three starts and he looks well placed to win again.
BUZZOOM loomed to be right in mix here last start but just peaked on run final stages. Needs luck from barrier but would not leave out of winning chances.
ANGELIC MISS chased home soundly when placed here first-up behind the smart Bright Diamond. She will be fitter off that run and would not be surprised to see her in mix.