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

Track Condition: Soft 5

Rail Position: Out 2m, entire circuit

BORN TO RULE raced up on the speed here last start before taking over at 200m and sprinting clear for soft win in the end. Still learning the caper and with natural improvement can see her continuing on her winning way.

MADAM TORIO gave them a galloping lesson her first-up from spell when led all the way. She looks a smart filly and if she can get a soft run will be the one they have to run down.

BUMPER HUMPER showed good speed leading them up her first-up from spell before fitness told final stages. She will benefit from that outing and if she can get some cover here will improve.

MORE is a debutant who looks ready for the racetrack. Best of her trials was her most recent at Lark Hill and if any support would follow.


WINDSTORM wound up from the back and won with something in hand this track and distance last start. He looks a smart prospect I the making and should make it two in a row.

FIRE MAKER made good late ground when placed behind Windstorm here last start. Hard to see him improving enough to turn the tables on the favourite but he can certainly fill a placing again.

MILITARY RULER was brave from up on the speed when placed behind Showmanship last start. Sure to be better from that outing and if he can show natural improvement that form would be good enough for this.

NELSON’S FLIGHT stayed tough from the front here last start. No match for Windstorm last 200m but did hold on for second spot. Drawn to drive through and lead these again and he may take running down again.


Belmont R3 – 3YO&Up 1400m

13:15 (local time)

Liked the way BEAT THE BELL attacked the line from the back to win here last start. If she can get some speed on up front in the middle stages she will be the one to hold out last 200m.

ZEPHYR QUEEN demolished them this track two starts back then beat all but the smart Western Pride last start. Drawn to sit up on the speed and would not be surprised to see her pinch this from the corner.

POSITION OF POWER looks ready to win third-up from spell. Placed in both his starts this time in and has done few things wrong. If he can put it all together here he can get away with this.

LOCK HER IN is another who will go forward and try and control this from the front. Held on for brave win here last start and will be prominent for a long way.


LEVITATE finished too well to win here fresh then has followed up with a couple of close placings. Will make his own luck racing up on the speed and he should be in the finish again.

BRIGHT DIAMOND looks a progressive filly. She won on debut then followed it up with another solid win. Just found one better here last start but was still hitting the line hard. Can never leave the Williams/Pike combination out of winning chances.

PUCKAPUNYAL was sprinting home solidly when placed behind Bright Diamond first-up. Gets out to the 1400m second-up and that should suit. She must be included in multiples.


This should be a great contest at weight-for-age. THE VELVET KING may just have been left in front a fraction too early in the Hyperion and was left vulnerable final stages. Would be looking for him to come across and control this from the front. If he can get a cheap sectional in the middle stages he may just steal this from the corner.

MISSISSIPPI DELTA is racing as if she is looking for the 2000m third-up from spell. Kept grinding away into a placing here last start and from ideal draw she will get the perfect run in transit and have last shot at these.

Hard to leave PERFECT JEWEL out as she has just kept winning in WFA grade. Finished too well beating The Velvet King again last start and that made it two in a row. No reason she cannot complete the hat trick.

GATTING was poor last start but if forget that run his previous start in the Sprint was beaten less than 2 lengths. Too classy to sack on one run and he can bounce back to best in this.


SENTIMENTAL GIFT is the big query for me resuming from a spell. Sure to be better when he gets over the longer journeys this prep but has 3kg to his credit and class will take him a long way in this.

Liked the way SKINNEN TINS fought the race out when placed here last start. She never gives in and expect she will fight the race out strongly and would not leave out of multiples.

NO APOLOGY should have finished closer to Power Of St. George here last start when held-up before the corner. He stayed tough late and ran into a minor spot. Finds similar company and can win this.

COSTA DEL SANTO has won two of his last four starts and placed in other two. Racing in super form this prep and this looks no harder. Must include in multiples.


SARACINO was competitive in some nice race last time in work. Resumes off a solid Lark Hill trial recently and that should have him ready for a first-up tilt. Happy to go with him on an each way basis.

SUPER MAXI raced little bit flat over last 200m here last start. He has drawn perfectly and should get nice run in behind the speed. Ready third-up from spell and expect him to bounce back to his best form.

ESSENTIAL SPICE resumes from spell. Finished too well to win at Ascot fresh last time in work before couple of solid placings. Must respect his first-up record and include in winning chances.

GUNS OF NAVARONE makes his own luck sitting forward in his races. Been racing in consistent form and expect him to be prominent for a long way.


SILKINIZE is unbeaten fresh (2:2-0-0). Looked good when stretching out to place in Lark Hill trial 1100m (1:07.95) 2/6. Rarely runs a bad race and was competitive in better races last time in work. If any market support would follow.

ENDOVANERA gave nothing else a chance from the front here first-up. Would be looking for her to try similar tactics in this and if she can get a cheap sectional before the corner will take catching.

COCKYJOY raced up on the speed and battled on well to hold placing first-up. Just raced a bit flat last start after racing wide in second half. She comes into this ready third-up and although drawn awkwardly cannot leave out of chances.

SECRET ASSAULT was beaten just on a length here last start in similar company. Should get a nice sit in behind the speed and would not leave him out of place chances.



PICTURE PERFECT was strong winning in this class two starts back before just holding ground in better race last start. Drawn perfectly with a 3kg from talented apprentice and he gets back in winnable race. Top pick.

DIVINE SHADOW has been a model of consistency in recent starts and looks ready to win again. Drawn out in the car park but if rider can find a position early he will be in the finish again.

BARAMAGIC finished the race off strongly to win with something in hand two starts back then he was not pushed out in better race last start after getting too far back. This his right grade and cannot leave him out.

BRITISH BESSY kept chasing bravely when placed here two starts back before battling in better race last start. Prepared to forgive one bad run and would not leave her out of multiples.