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 – Two-years-old Plate 1400m
PADDY’S LAD started big odds here on debut but the way he finished he won like an odds on pop. Will not be those odd here and he can win again.
DIAMOND COMMAND chased home into the placings behind Paddy’s Lad last start. Hard to tip her to turn the tables but she looks the logical danger.
BLEECKER STREET was placed here first-up then he went to Pinjarra over a mile and did not finish off. Back to the 1400m will see an improvement.
Tip: PADDY’S LAD
Belmont R2 – No Metro Wins last year Handicap 1000m
SUNNYSILK was better than finishing position suggests here last start when made good late ground. Will find this a touch easier and she can get away with this.
GLASGOW GIRL lost all chance at the start in similar race last start. If she can jump with them from inside gate she should get the right run and can win this.
GINGER KNIGHT was beaten less than 2 lengths here last start in similar race. Big odds in this and would not leave out of multiples.
Belmont R3 – Rating 66+ Handicap 2200m
RELIABLE STAR relished the pace on here last start and just finished too well for them final stages and won clearly. No reason she cannot repeat the dose here.
DOUBLE DIGIT was placed here two starts back then he was little one paced when they sprinted last start. Drawn ideally and can figure in the placings.
FASHION QUEEN has been racing well without threatening to win this campaign. She will keep grinding away and would include in minor placings.
Tip: RELIABLE STAR
Belmont R4 – One metro win Handicap 1200m
MULTINATIONAL returned to winners stall here last start with a strong fighting win. Makes his own luck rolling forward and will look winner at some stage in straight.
FALSE STATEMENT has been beaten less than a length at last two starts and he looks ready to win. Will not get a better chance than he finds here.
NORICH has been racing well. Beaten less than 2 lengths when finishing midfield last start and that form good enough to feature in the exotics.
Belmont R5 – Three-year-old Handicap 1200m
BITOFMERIT is an unbeaten gelding who resumed in dominant fashion when backed into odds on here first-up. Should strip fitter and no reason will not win again.
SNIPAROOCHY looks to have found here best form in recent starts having won two of her last three. Drawn to get ideal run and should be right in the mix again.
MAGIC TO EXCEED raced on the speed and just proved too strong fresh then he just peaked late last start. Will make own luck up front and can sneak into a minor spot.
Belmont R6 – One metro win Handicap 1400m
FRIGID showed an exciting turn-of-hoof to win with something in hand here last start. This race looks a nice progression and she goes on top.
SAFETY BAY has been a model of consistency this time in. Won here three starts back then backed that up with a couple of sound placings. Drawn ideally and she will be right in the mix.
POSITION OF POWER comes into this ready to find best form third-up from spell. Beaten just on a length here last start and from inside gate he can figure.
Belmont R7 – Rating 66+ Handicap 1600m
POWER OF ST GEORGE finally got the job done when he won as favourite here two starts back then he was good again in better race than this last start. Gets chance to return to winners stall.
NO APOLOGY did not have all that much luck when wide at Pinjarra last start and prepared to forget that run. Drawn to get the perfect run in transit and will bounce back.
Liked the way OLDEN finished the race off to win here last start. If they go hard up front expect him to be weaving a passage last 200m and he can sneak a minor spot.
Tip: POWER OF ST GEORGE
Belmont R8 – Beaufine Stakes (Listed) 1000m
Exciting to have WILCHINO back from a spell. Pulled up with elevated heart rate and may have been at end of prep when weakened in Group 1 Winterbottom. Class sprinter and can win this fresh.
ISEERED ISEERED is another first-up from a break. Always races well fresh (3:2-1-0) and he looks the main danger to the favourite.
RESORTMAN has won two of his four first-up tries. Plenty of ability when he decides to turn up at the races and would not leave him out of exotics.
Belmont R9 – Rating 72+ Handicap 1300m
BURNYA TO SURVIVE started favourite here first-up from spell but just did not finish the race off well enough. Better from that outing and he can get away with this.
BUZZOOM is a frustrating filly who I have been following but she has been letting us down of late. If she produces her best she is certainly good enough to get away with it.
CHILI IS HOT comes into this ready third-up from spell. Been close up in both runs back and from ideal barrier she can get away with this.