Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Saturday’s Belmont meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 10 races. Good luck, punters!
Track Condition: Soft 6
Rail Position: Out 8m entire circuit
Belmont R1 – Three-years-old Handicap 2100m
BLACK FANTASY looks shoehorned into this race with only 54kgs and has won his last 2 starts over similar ground. This favorite should get us off to a good start for a long day of racing.
RELIABLE STAR looms as the logical danger on previous form but has been up for a while now and needs to find a little to beat the top pick.
ROSTROPOVICH is seemingly coming back to some form after his long lay off in the east. New trainer in the West is slowly working him out so look for another bold showing.
Tip: BLACK FANTASY
Belmont R2 – Rating 84+ Stakes 1000m
WILCHINO is unbeaten second-up and looks the one to beat in this small field. Had no luck at all being trapped wide first up and still only beaten touch over 2 lengths
SPIN THE KNIFE is a winner time winner first up from a spell. If jumps and runs like usual, should ensure a hot pace, so if handles the conditions\ will be the main danger.
JERICO MISSILE hasn’t done anything in his two runs this campaign but does like the sting out of the ground and could be a blow out chance.
Belmont R3 – 2yo Plate 1300m
BIRD’S THE WORD is a last start winner on the heavy at Pinjarra as favorite. Drawn to settle on speed and looks very hard to beat.
EL PATRON has been racing consistently here at Belmont, comes in nicely with the claim today and looks to be suited by the extra ground.
EXPOROSE has ran second in her two starts to date and only just gone under both times. Definitely in with a hope again at double figure odds.
Tip: BIRD’S THE WORD
Belmont R4 – No Metro Wins last season Handicap 1600m
SPEEDY MISS another from the Pearce stable with Lucy Warwick on board. After coming from the tail of the field last start, ran home well to go under by just on 2 lengths. Hope she settles closer and catches them this time.
PRIZE PURSUIT has been a very consistent gelding. Broke through last start for a well deserved victory at Northam and could double up here.
ARNIE’S BOY probably has the class edge on this group but he is lumping 60kgs on a wet track. A definite winning hope but I’m more than happy to risk.
Tip: SPEEDY MISS
Belmont R5 – One Metro Win Handicap 2100m
FLOWER IN THE WIND sat back in the field last time out and ran home resolutely. With the class drop, third run at the trip, she should be able to sit closer in the run and be primed to find the line on top today.
RED HOT HOPE worked home nicely from back in the field at his recent run. Looks a danger but the question is can he outsprint the favourite.
SUNSPHERE is a very consistent Adam Durant trained gelding. Maybe a shade below the top hopes but will give his all, so include in the multiples.
Tip: FLOWER IN THE WIND
Belmont R6 – Rating 72+ Handicap 1200m
VANE TEMPEST ran home solidly at his recent run behind Sneaky Chance. Should be even fitter third up from a spell and look for him to be running over them at nice each way odds.
NOWHITEFLAG is always a chance in this type of race. If can jump in front and dictate terms, will be extremely hard to catch from the corner.
RUCCA second up in WA. Not well away last time out but made up plenty of ground late. Will be good odds, so a big watch again. A win is coming.
Tip: VANE TEMPEST
Belmont R7 – One Metro Win Handicap 1200m
THOMAS MAGNUM drawn perfectly inside should obtain the run of the race in behind the speed. Just needs some luck in the straight and can see him scooting away for victory.
NO CHANGE has had a few weeks off after being slightly disappointing last time out. May pay to forgive that last 200m and get on each way, at juicy odds.
LET’S GALAHVANT has shown a real liking for track and distance, but the outside draw does make it difficult to see him getting over the top pick today.
Tip: THOMAS MAGNUM
Belmont R8 – 3yo Handicap 1200m
FOREVER DREAMING first up today appeals at double figure odds in a wide open race. Likes the Belmont track and looks to have come back from her spell in good condition after a nice recent trial.
CORN CON has earned his top weight after past appearances against some nice horses. Has got a 3kg claim and comes into this race nicely and should get a good run for your money.
SENORITA DOROTEA started favorite last time out and meets a few of them again here. She worked home well to the line and look for further improvement today.
Tip: FOREVER DREAMING
Belmont R9 – Rating 66+ Handicap 1000m
GO FORWARD has had 8 weeks off since his last start win here. Had a recent trial win which suggests he’s on target for another win here.
GHOST WHO WALKS got a long way back last time out against Sneaky Chance and worked through the pack nicely to run third. Look for another bold showing here.
PINK CARATS look for this gelding to drop out early and come with a barnstorming run home. Likes the wet and should get conditions to suit. Must include in the multiples.
Tip: GO FORWARD
Belmont R10 – Rating 66+ Handicap 1600m
THE VELVET QUEEN sat back at the tail of the field last run which was unusual for this girl. She swooped upon them late to win convincingly and may have shown the team, how best to ride her. She only has 54kgs today and looks the one to toss in the lucky last of the day.
GINGER FLYER after being the bridesmaid in her last two starts, she has her hoof on the till and has to be considered in the mix.
VITAL FLIRT enjoys the sting out of the ground so looks like he will get those conditions to suit, so a place ticket is well worth considering.