Racing returns to Belmont in WA on Saturday for another exciting and potentially lucrative nine-race card.
A strong edition of the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) is our feature race and our complete 2020 Belmont Sprint Day tips can be found below.
*All races have been previewed in AEST
Race 1 - 1:58pm
Westspeed Platinum Handicap (1000m)
Tajmali has gone to another level recently and looms as the
one to beat again in the first on Belmont Sprint Day.
The Galah filly has recorded three wins and a close-up
second since transferring to the care of Peter Fernie and while this is another
step up in class, it’s hard to argue with that recent record.
She has a fitness edge over several key rivals and can win
2 Units Tajmali
Race 2 - 2:37pm
Perth Racing At Home Handicap (1000m)
Condor Heroes has clearly relished a move to Perth and I can’t
find a reason why he can’t win again at Belmont on Saturday.
The former Gerald Ryan runner immediately stamped himself as
one to watch in the west when he won at lovely odds at Ascot, and franked that
performance with another dominant win last time out.
He around a month between runs but I don’t think that will
be anything of a hindrance.
4 Units Condor Heroes
Race 3 - 3:17pm
Gourmet Takeaway Plate (1000m)
Dunbar has only made one appearance at the races so far, but
he is clearly a horse of ability and can continue his rise through the grades.
The Vancouver gelding stamped himself as one to watch at the
trials prior to making is debut and immediately put the writing on the wall
over 1200m at Pinjarra.
He’ll only improve for that effort and is drawn to receive a
lovely run from barrier 4, with William Pike to ride.
4 Units Dunbar
Race 4 - 3:57pm
Amelia Park Handicap (1200m)
Windstorm hasn’t been seen at the races since October, but
he puts an unbeaten record on the line when he resumes at Belmont and is certainly
capable of keeping it alive.
The three-year-old son of Redoute’s Choice was a dominant
winner on debut here in August and was sent for a brief spell, returning in October
for another smart win.
He’s had the benefit of a nice trial in the lead-up to this
race and everything suggests that he will take beating again.
4 Units Windstorm
Race 5 - 4:34pm
Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1200m)
Miss Frost bounced back into the winner’s stall at Ascot a fortnight
ago and is primed for another big run at Belmont on Saturday.
She has barely run a bad race in eight career starts and
despite a long layoff, has recorded two wins from three starts this time in,
including her impressive last-start effort.
Pike stays in the saddle and she is weighted to win.
2 Units Miss Frost
Race 6 - 5:10pm
Byron Bay Premium Lager Handicap (1600m)
This is a rise in class for Kendel’s Me Dad, but he has been
outstanding back from a spell and has genuine each-way claims again.
The five-year-old son of Kendel Star has won each of his
three starts at Albany this time and will relish a drop in the weights into
this contest, while he is also drawn to receive a lovely run from barrier 4.
More than happy to chance the arm with a small each-way
1 Unit E/W Kendel’s Me Dad
Race 7 - 5:40pm
Schweppes Handicap (1600m)
Festival Miss has returned to the races in typically competitive
form this time and strikes a very winnable contest at Belmont on Saturday.
The Grant & Allana Williams-trained mare has been up and
racing for quite a while, but she has missed a place only once in her last six
starts and was last seen finishing just off the pace of talented three-year-old
There is no horse of that class engaged for a start here and
Festival Miss can go one better.
2 Units Festival Miss
Race 8 - 6:15pm
Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m)
This is the strongest edition of the Belmont Sprint in
recent memory and nearly every standout Perth horse currently going around has
been confirmed for a start.
Humidor is an interesting runner on debut for Lindsay Smith,
but The Velvet King will take good improvement into his second campaign start
and can return to winning form.
The Velvet King was an impressive performer through the
Perth Summer Carnival last year and resumed this time for a close-up second
behind Vega Magic in the Group 3 Roma Cup.
He harbours good upside and is drawn to receive the run of
the race from barrier 5.
I’m also going to have a small play on the fourth-up Angelic
Ruler, who won the Listed Sheila Gwynne Classic two back before flying home
late for fifth in the Roma Cup last time out, beaten less than a length.
3 Units The Velvet King
1 Unit Angelic Ruler
Race 9 - 6:50pm
Crown Towers Handicap (2200m)
I’m sticking firm with the Grant & Allana
Williams-trained horses in the last and Picture Perfect looms as a winning
The Reset gelding won a decent race over 1800m at Ascot in
March and has continued to improve with racing recently, culminating in a
close-up second over 2100m last time out.
He’s rock-hard fit and will be another horse with the bonus
of William Pike in the saddle on Saturday.
2 Units Picture Perfect