Another week, another quality Saturday metropolitan card at Perth’s Belmont Racecourse.
The Listed Belmont Guineas headlines the program this week, the rail will remain in the true position around the entire course and at publish, we’re faced with a track rated in the Soft (5) range.
Race 1 - 1:53pm AEST
Crown Perth Plate (1000m)
I’m happy to give Mahutas another chance in the first at Belmont on Saturday.
Mahutas hinted at ability during his short debut prep, but he clearly needed the run when he finished midfield here when resuming.
He’ll enjoy plenty of improvement for that effort and I’m confident he can fight out the finish at a big price.
1 Unit E/W Mahutas
Race 2 - 2:32pm AEST
Westspeed Platinum Handicap (1400m)
I’m Pretty will take winning form into Race 2, and I can’t find a reason why she won’t be in the finish again.
The Dash For Cash mare didn’t come up during her last prep, but returned to the races in the best way possible with a lovely win at this track and distance.
Willie Pike retains the ride and she’ll take plenty of beating again.
4 Units I’m Pretty
Race 3 - 3:12pm AEST
Morley Growers Market Handicap (1200m)
Timely Outburst has been a strong and consistent performer all prep and looks the one to beat again in the third on Belmont Guineas Day.
The Sessions filly hasn’t finished worse than second in five career starts so far, and resumed this time for consecutive wins over 1000m at Ascot.
She has only just missed at her last two starts and is rock-hard fit for this contest.
5 Units Timely Outburst
Race 4 - 3:48pm AEST
Happy 50th Birthday To Grant Mclearie Handicap (1000m)
Dunbar hasn’t been seen at the races since October, but I think that his class edge will take him a long way towards winning.
The Vancouver gelding was only fair at best last time in, but he did run into plenty of above-average horses, and his preparation prior to that was excellent.
He gets into this race well under the conditions and returned a lovely trial late last month.
3 Units Dunbar
Race 5 - 4:28pm AEST
Free Entry To Belmont Park Handicap (1600m)
This is one of the more open races on Saturday’s Belmont card and there is a case to be made for several chances, including True Attraction.
True Attraction needed the run when he finished down the order here at Belmont when fresh, but he responded with an eye-catching performance and win in a better race.
He’ll get some relief in the weights under Keshaw Dhurun and he is drawn to receive a lovely run.
2 Units E/W True Attraction
Race 6 - 5:05pm AEST
Amelia Park Handicap (1200m)
Brooklyn Pier will take a power of beating again when he steps out in the sixth on Belmont Guineas Day.
The Magnus gelding has continued to improve with each start and prep since debuting, and he returned to the races for a bullish win here a fortnight ago.
He’ll only improve for that effort, and he is my best bet on the program.
6 Units Brooklyn Pier
Race 7 - 5:40pm AEST
Heineken 3 Handicap (1200m)
Amasenus has been nothing short of outstanding this preparation and she strikes another very winnable race at Belmont this week.
Having tuned up with a fair effort for fourth at Ascot in February, the Time For War mare won each of her next three starts in impressive fashion, was freshened, and returned a fortnight ago for another impressive win.
She’ll only improve for that effort and will take a power of beating once more.
5 Units Amasenus
Race 8 - 6:15pm AEST
Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m)
He has mixed his form a little this prep, but Dark Assault’s best efforts have been terrific, and I am happy to give him a chance at a price in the Belmont Guineas ($10 at publish).
He absolutely stormed home to beat home the likes of Cristal Dane and Tiff Has Spoken two starts back, but ran into a little trouble last time out and could only manage a sixth placing.
I think that Willie Pike jumping back into the saddle this week is key, and we can have a genuine each-way play at the price.
2 Units E/W Dark Assault
Race 9 - 6:45pm AEST
Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap (1400m)
Serenity Bay looks ready to do something in the last on Belmont Guineas Day.
She quite clearly needed her first couple of starts to dust off the cobwebs when resuming this time, but she worked home well at her last two, and she looks to be at peak fitness for this contest.
The booking of Chris Parnham is positive, and she can fight out the finish of what shapes as an open race.
2 Units Serenity Bay