The Listed Belmont Classic headlines another quality nine-race program in the nation’s west on Saturday.
The rail will be left in the true position around the entire course and at publish, the track is rated in the Heavy (8) range.
Race 1 - 2:07pm AEST
Free Entry to Belmont Park Plate (1200m)
Storm Commander will take winning form into the first at Belmont on Saturday and can continue his rise through the grades.
The Neville Parnham-trained gelding stamped himself as a runner to follow when flashing late to finish second here on debut last month and broke his maiden in style last time.
Fitter third-up, he needs only even luck to be in the finish again.
5 Units Storm Commander
Race 2 - 2:47pm AEST
Westspeed Platinum Handicap (1000m)
There are a few key winning chances in this race, and I think that Bedouin Belle represents the best value at around the $5 mark.
Bedouin Belle has had three starts back this time and is yet to run into the placings, but this is probably the easiest task that she has been set, and her fitness has clearly been improvement.
Under William Pike, I’m happy to have something.
2 Units Bedouin Belle
Race 3 - 3:23pm AEST
Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1000m)
Our Danni hasn’t been seen at the races since January, but she is yet to miss placing in three previous fresh attempts, and she can fight out the finish on Saturday at a lovely price ($8 at publish).
The All American filly has been a good horse for the Luke Fernie yard since making her debut, and she recorded consecutive Saturday wins at Ascot most notably last time.
2 Units E/W Our Danni
Race 4 - 4:03pm AEST
Amelia Park Handicap (2100m)
He has gone somewhat amiss at his last two, but Blackwater Bay’s earlier campaign form was good, and this looks a great opportunity for him to bounce back.
The Blackfriars gelding recorded consecutive wins over a mile and this trip three and four starts back, and a repeat of either would see him into the finish of this race.
He’ll get some relief in the weights under Laqdar Ramoly and he is drawn to receive a lovely run.
3 Units Blackwater Bay
Race 5 - 4:48pm AEST
Listed Belmont Classic (2200m)
Tena Koutou has been nothing short of outstanding this prep and the Belmont Classic looms as the perfect target for him.
The Adam Durrant-trained gelding finished second, beaten a pixel here when resuming and hasn’t looked back, winning each of his last three with something in hand, including the Aquanita Stakes last time.
He’s rock-hard fit and I am eager to have another good crack at him.
6 Units Tena Koutou
Race 6 - 5:15pm AEST
Perth Racing Club Membership Handicap (1600m)
True Attraction looks tough to beat in the sixth on Belmont Classic Day.
The More The Ready gelding charged in to score a nice win over a mile here three starts back and was last seen finishing second in a photo finish over 2200m.
I don’t think the drop in trip will be an issue with three weeks between runs and he’s another whose claims are strengthened with the booking of W. Pike.
5 Units True Attraction
Race 7 - 5:50pm AEST
Crown Perth Handicap (1000m)
I’m happy to give Brooklyn Pier another chance in the seventh at Belmont on Saturday.
His resuming effort and win was impressive, and while he has missed placing at his last two, this looks to be a drop in class from racing against the likes of Amasenus.
Fitter fourth-up, he has genuine claims again.
4 Units Brooklyn Pier
Race 8 - 6:20pm AEST
Seacorp Handicap (1200m)
Real Grace is primed to win third-up in the penultimate race on Belmont Classic Day.
The I Am Invincible filly clearly needed the run when she failed to quicken and finished at the tail of the field here when resuming, but she was freshened and returned with a nice effort to finish fourth, beaten just over a length a fortnight ago.
I’m confident that run will have brought her right back on and she gets into this race well under the conditions.
4 Units Real Grace
Race 9 - 7pm AEST
Salinger Handicap (1400m)
The Spruiker has recorded three wins from as many starts this time and shapes as the runner to beat again in the last on Belmont Classic Day.
The three-year-old son of I’m All The Talk has missed placing only twice in ten career starts, but it is fair to that he has gone to another level this prep.
With appropriate luck in running, he’ll take a power of beating.
5 Units The Spruiker