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

Track Condition: Soft 5

Rail Position: Out +4m entire circuit

Banking on William Pike to start the new season the way he finished the last with a winner in GOODBYEFEDS. Powered home when beaten less than a length first-up and the step out to 1200m here looks ideal.

SOUND AWAKE was placed in her first two starts then beaten less than 2 lengths here last start. May get each way odds about this mare and she is a definite winning chance.

PETITE LA FEMME was touch disappointing here last start when just one paced last 200m. She comes into this third-up from spell and from inside barrier she will get all the favours.

FIRE GODDESS comes to Belmont off the back of two solid Northam placings. This a harder task but drawn perfectly and she will be a major player.


STARFIELD IMPACT resumes from spell. He was a Listed winner fresh at Ascot last time in work then backed that up with a Group 3 win. Recent trial win this track suggests he is ready to fire fresh and he may just be too classy for these.

Hard not to be impressed with the acceleration of PANZDOWN when won debut with something in hand. He can take the next step and win again.

CLAIRVOYANCE is big striding filly who raced little greenly on debut but still won on raw ability. She has ideal barrier and sure to be better from her race experience. Would not leave her out of chances.

JANAURA looks nice juicy each way odds for a filly that was not beaten all that far by Panzdown last start. Going to put her in the mix for place chances.


MAROCCHINO comes into this off the back of two Listed placings. Gets back in winnable race here and from ideal barrier looks the one to beat.

BURNING PRIDE chased home the smart Sentimental Gift here last start. Looks ready third-up from spell and from inside gate will get perfect run in transit.

DARK PROSPECT did not finish all that far off placings in same race as Burning Pride last start and did cover some ground. He cannot be left out of multiples.

GANGBUSTER was bit one paced here last start but that was in better race than he finds here and he can sneak a placing if finds best form.


I have been very loyal to FRED DAG this prep and he is yet to win but I cannot jump off him now as this again looks right race for him. Just seems to find one better and although the favourite is likely to be short looking for Fred to do the right thing in this.

NOT TO BE MIST will be sent out the short favourite after a string of placings this time in but he is having the same problem as Fred just finding it hard to win. Pike will go back again on him and if he can get some breaks from the corner will be hard to hold out.

MANKIND just found Listed company a little too hot last start but his previous form in this grade was solid and he should get ideal run.

MILITARY RULER has been racing in consistent form against some class horses. Will make his own luck sitting in behind the speed and would not leave out of place chances.


SERENITY BAY chased home Inspirational Girl and Massimo home here last start and if she can produce that form here she should get away with this.

CRYSTAL SPIRIT ran up to win here last start but just peaked on his run first-up from spell. He is sure to be better from that outing and can sneak into the placings again.

POSITION OF POWER was braved when just missed behind the smart Put A Spell On You here last start. Always puts himself in a winning position and will look a chance at the 200m.

WAR GOD could not finish the race off well enough here last start but he did hold ground and was not far off placings. Should get right run in behind the speed and looks definite place chance.


Tipping DARK MISSION to make it another one for Pikey. Showed acceleration when gap opened last 200m and put race beyond doubt in a couple of strides. Drawn to get ideal run behind the speed and she can win again.

BORN TO TRY resumes from spell. She has been showing up at the Lark Hill trials having won both leading into this and although drawn touch awkwardly must be included in winning chances.

FALSE STATEMENT looks the likely leader. He fought the race out bravely when challenged last 200m and held them all off last start. Will be hard to reel in final stages.

REWRITE THE STARS finished too well to win here two starts back then backed that up with another win at Pinjarra. This a little tougher but can measure up.


ESSENTIAL SPICE finished off too well for them to win in Listed company last start. Comes into this third-up from spell and no reason cannot win again.

SARACINO filled the quinella spot behind Essential Spice last start. He is another that is ready to find best third-up and looks the major danger again.

FLOYD resumes from spell. He has a solid first-up record (7:1-4-1) and recent trial win this track suggests he may run into a placing.

JERICHO MISSILE covered some ground here first-up and just peaked on his run final stages. Comes into this fitter second-up and would not leave out of multiples.


Really looking forward to the return of CLIFFS OF COMFORT. Unbeaten in his three runs at first campaign. Solid when placed behind Free Trade in recent trial and despite wide gate goes on top.

SILKINIZE looked the main danger. Has the advantage of race fitness on the favourite and that could be a distinct advantage last 200m.

SHINJU was making good late ground between runners when beaten less than 2 lengths off Long Beach first-up. Strips fitter and looks a major player.

DANNY GEORGE was placed first-up behind Long Beach. He will get the ideal run from his inside draw and with touch of luck last 200m may surprise these late.



MONTELENA was only claimed late here first-up from spell then started favourite last start and was only beaten less than 2 lengths. Third-up from spell and from ideal barrier looks the one to beat.

BOMBAY STYLE just keeps measuring up to each challenge put in front of him. Should put himself in a winning position from inside gate and will look winner at some stage in straight.

ROCK’N’RULER is going to need some luck from his awkward gate but if he can get across and find the front he may take some running down from the corner.

ACONITE was not beaten all that far in nice form race here last start. Won at Pinjarra previous start and would not leave her out of multiples.