Belmont Preview – Saturday 8th August


Nine races will be run and won at Perth’s Belmont Racecourse on Saturday.

The rail will be set out six metres around the entire course, and the track is set to be rated in the good range.

Race 1 - 1:42pm

Free Entry To Belmont Park Maiden (1000m)

This is a pretty open maiden race and a reasonably tough way to start the day from a betting perspective, but I’m happy to have something small on Uncanny Timing.

Uncanny Timing showed ability last time in without cracking the winner’s stall and resumed this time for a close-up second over 1000m at Northam.

With the benefit of that run under his belt, I think that he can go on with it on Saturday.

2 Units Uncanny Timing

Race 2 - 2:22pm

Westspeed Platinum Handicap (1200m)

Pletto will take winning form into Race 2 at Belmont and looks well placed to make it two in a row.

The Playing God mare hasn’t missed a placing in seven career starts so far and resumed this time for a credible third behind Dark Mission, before comfortably beating her rivals at this course and distance last time.

Fitter third-up, I can’t find a reason why she won’t be in the finish again.

4 Units Pletto

Race 3 - 3:02pm

Happy 30th Beau Plate (1400m)

This looms as a race in two between last-start winners Billy Ain’t Silly and Queen Brown.

The former has had just two race starts and therefore harbours more upside, so I’m going to stick with him.

Billy Ain’t Silly ran home well to finish third on debut here at Belmont before breaking his maiden in style last time out.

This is harder, but he’ll have conditions to suit and can continue his rise through the grades.

3 Units Billy Ain’t Silly

Race 4 - 3:42pm

Ngawyni Stakes (1400m)

Massimo simply doesn’t know how to run a bad race, and he is a justifiable favourite to win this $100K contest.

The Adam Durrant-trained gelding has finished worse than second just twice in eight starts back from a spell and was last seen finishing second behind the talented Inspirational Girl here at Belmont.

He’s drawn to receive the run of the race and I’m happy to have a decent bet at around even money.

5 Units Massimo

Race 5 - 4:18pm

Happy Birthday Robyn Handicap (1600m)

Fuhrer was an impressive last start winner and can record another at Belmont on Saturday.

The four-year-old son of Universal Ruler delivered a decent midweek field a resounding defeat last time out, and while this is harder, a repeat of that performance would find him hard to beat.

He’s rock-hard fit, drawn well and will take beating.

4 Units Fuhrer

Race 6 - 5pm

Bernard Couch Memorial Handicap (1200m)

Leading Girl hasn’t been seen at the races for more than a year, but her recent trial suggested that she is forward enough to win on Saturday.

The Reliable Man mare has recorded three wins and two minor placings from just six career starts, and found form around some good horses last time in.

There aren’t any real stars confirmed in this field and I am happy to be with her.

2 Units Leading Girl

Race 7 - 5:35pm

Seppelt Wines Handicap (1000m)

Pearls And Prawns has continued to improve with each start back from a spell, and looks a winning chance again on Saturday at a price ($8.50 at publish).

The Super Easy mare stripped fitter for a couple of fair efforts and ran second over 1100m at Northam third-up, but proved far too good for a similar field here last time out.

She can slot in behind the early leaders and with even luck, finish over the top.

2 Units E/W Pearls And Prawns

Race 8 - 6:10pm

Amelia Park Handicap (1400m)

Dark Mission returned a rare flat effort when fifth here last week, but I am more than happy to give her another chance on Saturday.

The Zoffany mare was an impressive winner in Class 3 company when resuming and does look up to winning something of this quality.

She’s sure to improve third-up and can fight out the finish.

3 Units Dark Mission

Race 9 - 6:50pm

Crown Towers Handicap (2100m)

Queen Takes King has returned to the races in typically strong form this time, and looks tough to beat in the last at Belmont on Saturday.

The Lindsay Smith-trained mare has won two of her last three starts, including a dominant performance that saw her beat several of her leading rivals in this race, last time out.

Smith’s horses are flying, and Queen Takes King can return the stable another winner.

3 Units Queen Takes King

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