Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Saturday’s Belmont meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 9 races. Good luck, punters!
Track Condition: Good 4
Rail Position: Out 8m entire circuit
Like the way BRAVE DREAM has been progressing in her two trials. Was well supported in better race at her only start and loomed as winner before fading. Drawn bit awkwardly but think she can return as a winner.
MY HIDDEN JOURNEY is ready to win his maiden. Just keeps finding one better in his races but will not get a better chance than this to finally break through.
TRADE FAIR EXPRESS comes into this with consistent form. Just had to work too hard early last start and could not finish well enough. If he gets a better run in this he will go close.
BALDERDASH chased home Enduring Moment when placed here last start and that form looks good enough to be a major player in this.
Tip: BRAVE DREAM
Really liked the way DOM TO SHOOT hit the line first up and if he did not want to lay in final stages would have finished even closer. Fitter from that outing and he can get away with this.
INDIGO BLUE started a short priced favourite on debut and despite racing greenly only just missed in a driving finish. Sure to be better from that race experience and would not be surprised to see her right in finish.
PRECAUTIONARY resumes from spell. She took on all the hot races in her two year old season and just fell a touch short. Recent trial win was super and would not leave her out of chances fresh.
SWEET DEMAND is the debutant to be wary of. Two impressive Lark Hill trial wins leading into this and from ideal barrier expect she will have support.
Tip: DOM TO SHOOT
TAJMALI resumes from spell. She looked a promising sprinter last time in work and only poor run was when she may have had enough before break. Drawn to drive through and lead and she may just be too speedy first-up.
GILLESPIE was brave winning here first-up then was claimed final stages last start. If he can find a soft lead he will take some catching from the corner.
BARTRADER is first-up from spell. Has solid first-up record (5:1-2-0) and although drawn little wide this looks a nice race for him to resume in.
CARABINIER is another resuming. He won well first-up last time in work before a consistent campaign. He may find his best form when fresh.
WEAPONSON deserves a win and gets his chance in this field. Has found one better in all four starts this time in but going to go with him to break the hoodoo.
EEYORE WAYZ started this prep with two strong wins from the back then started favourite last start but lacked winning dash. Will be the one to watch late.
SPECIAL CHOICE resumes from spell. Yet to finish any further back than second in his three first-up tries and would expect her to go close again.
JUST A FLUKE held his ground bravely behind Flower of Scotland first-up. Will strip fitter from that outing and he can sneak into a placing.
Looking forward to the return of the smart LAST OF THE LINE. Started his career with a couple of strong wins then may have had enough when beaten before break. Given easy time in recent trial and from inside gate should get all the favours.
APPROACH is racing in super form have won his last two starts this track. Has race fitness on his side and no reason cannot make it three straight.
NATIVE CHIMES has found a purple patch of form with two strong wins leading into this. Expect she will sit in behind the speed and have last crack at these from the 200m.
ENDURING MOMENT finally broke his maiden here last start in what was a dominant win. Drawn bit awkwardly but may go on with it here.
Tip: LAST OF THE LINE
INSPIRATIONAL GIRL should go on her winning ways in this. Been too easy winning at her first two runs back and expect she will win with similar dominance.
WESTERN PRIDE is the big query resuming from a spell. Looked to go amiss before break and that was her only defeat. Solid when placed in recent trial and would not be surprised to see her win this first-up.
ZERO DEMERITS powered away from them for an impressive win here last start. Should get nice run in behind the speed and if he finds that acceleration is sure to be a factor again.
RED HOT TIP was placed in the W.A.T.C. Derby before break. Sure to be better when he gets over further but his class may see him run into a late placing.
Tip: INSPIRATIONAL GIRL
CELEBRITY QUEEN resumes from spell. She looked forward enough winning her Lark Hill trial leading into this and she can get away with this fresh.
MONEY MATTERS is racing in super form and has the advantage of race fitness on his side. Two straight wins have been strong and no reason cannot make it three in a row.
CLIFFS OF COMFORT raced on the speed and was two strong two back then he was brave here last start when not far off after a torrid run. Another with the advantage of race fitness.
MULTIVERSE looks close to returning to the winners stall after a string of minor placings. Should make own luck going forward and cannot leave out of multiples.
Tip: CELEBRITY QUEEN
Might have a little each way on DANNY GEORGE in this. He was close up at first couple of runs this time in before flat run last start. If forget that start he would be a factor in this.
BAD WOLF has not been beaten all that far in similar races of late. Should get the perfect run from ideal barrier and if run presents itself in the straight he will be there to pounce.
MORE ACES has the speed to lead. The question for him will be the 1200m. Should look winner at some stage in straight.
OCEAN’S FIFTEEN resumes from spell. Placed in first couple of starts last prep and he will run a cheeky race fresh.
Tip: DANNY GEORGE
DARK MUSKET looks the best horse in the race. Gets back in right class third-up from spell and with advantage of apprentice claim happy to put him on top.
BONNEVILLE BLACK stalked the leader before powering away last 200m to win as he liked here last start. That made it two from his last two starts and no reason he cannot win again.
Thought ARAGAIN should have finished a little closer here last start. Drawn bit awkwardly but if she has some luck from the corner will be hard to hold out.
GUNNAGO is racing in consistent form coming into this off two solid placings. Will get the right run from his barrier and should have last crack at these.