Back to Feed

Full Belmont Preview 2nd September news

Full Belmont Preview 2nd September

Terry Leighton | Metropolitan Racing | Sat 2 September, 2017

Race 1 - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

A muddling week weather wise has left guesstimating track conditions a little difficult. With Fridays downpour I think we will be looking somewhere around the Soft 5 range.

The customary maiden to kick off the day actually holds some interest this week with the brother to star galloper, Kia Ora Koutou debuting for the Lane yard. His one and only trial was sharp where he finished alongside talented galloper Mervyn. I do expect he will be wanting a bit further than the 1200m and I suspect we'll see a 'get on me next start' type of run.

Bellflower and Princess Zelda are a couple at big odds I am going to suggest small plays on. Bellflower sat 3 deep throughout at her return to racing when only going down to Vega Dior by a little over a length. I suspect if Vega Dior or the second place horse Oregon Bronze were in this event, they would be the favourites. If Mighty Mitch can find a spot on or close to the speed from the tricky draw she goes close at around the $20 mark.

Princess Zelda was absolutely butchered first up, but still attacked the line strongly when she had no right to do so. Suspect she will be cricket score odds come jump, but a win would not surprise me here. Bloomy's Sun is one to keep an eye on after looking sharp at the trials.

Selections

7 Bellflower
10 Princess Zelda
4 Kia Ora Star

Suggested Bet: 30 wins Bellflower (7). 20 wins Princess Zelda (10).

 

Race 2 - Cherry Ripe

Fred Kersley did point to the fact Debellatio may have been a run short first up, and he was spot on as the son of Smart Missile peaked on his run over the final 50m. He should be cherry ripe here and is a class above these.

Lob City is capable, Laufey has upside and Rebellionaire has some type of ability, but really was handed his most recent midweek race on a platter.

Happy doubling my money on a horse I think should be well in the red.

Selections

1 Debellatio
2 Lob City
4 Laufey

Suggested Bet: 100 wins Debellatio (1).

 

Race 3 - NFI

Speed galore here in this very interesting little two year old dash. Every runner bar Caress Your Soul would probably prefer to dictate and lead this event here. I suspect Saturia will be the quickest over the first 100m and find the fence, but the speed map from there is a real lottery. Epic Grey lead last start, though I would not be surprised to see him back near last if a few can cross him.

While many people classify Simon Miller as the number one trainer of two year olds (and early three year olds) in WA, I disagree and think Paul Jordan is the main man. He doesn't have the same cattle to work with in regards to purchase prices as Simmo, but consistently gets the results. So, on that very flimsy basis I will put Saturia on top here.

Selections

3 Saturia
8 Colour Witness
2 Epic Grey

Suggested Bet: No bet.

 

Race 4 - Saved For Saturday

Parading was my best of the day Wednesday before he was rudely withdrawn by trainer David Harrison to be saved for this event. The disappointment of that has subsided as the anticipation of another belter Saturday approaches. His first up effort beating home Ragnar's Saga (2nd), Mrs Browns Boy (3rd) and Supposition (4th) was extremely dominant. That run only becomes even more impressive when you look at the fact each of those horses won their very next starts. Harrison had a brain fade next start when he opted for Maddison Brown on a horse who has proven hard to handle at times, in the past. Azzopardi pops back on top here and his form around the likes of Ellicazoom, Variation and recent Flemington winner Quilista should see him go very close.

Invincible Warrior, Atlanta Blue and On Trend look the main dangers, while Young Gina is the big watch horse after a pretty disappointing effort first up. After drawing the car park, you'd think she will need to come from last to win this.

Selections

4 Parading
2 On Trend
1 Atlanta Blue

Suggested Bet: 40 wins and 40 places Parading (4).

 

Race 5 - Pinzu Beats

I don't like Pinzu. He's had 16 career starts for 5 wins. I think I've backed him the other 11 times. Perhaps with Baraki Beats currently being reviewed by the MRP, he can be my new emotionally draining nag.

Despite all that, his last effort was huge. When a horse runs the quickest last 600m of a race nearly a full second faster than any other, you know it is low flying. He did that, and with some luck from the slightly awkward draw, goes very close here. There was support for him first up and I suspect the $3.50 currently on offer may end up looking like very good shopping.

Just Magical is a close second for me after being held up at a crucial stage a week ago. The big question with this race, is whether the Lockroy or Our Finest Moment form lines are stronger. I'll be hoping it is the latter.

Selections

3 Pinzu
2 Just Magical
8 Flying Roar

Suggested Bet: 75 wins Pinzu (2).

 

Race 6 - Mani Mani Mani

The first of the two staying events for the day and I really like the chances of Shinta Mani. In small fields, this Viscount mare was ridden upside down at her two most recent efforts when game in defeat. With the bigger field and exposed speed in this event, I suspect she will be ridden cold and make a sustained run from the 600m. Randolph Tan is 1 start for 1 win on the horse.

Kirov Boy's last run actually impressed me. Yes, he ran last, but the way he stuck on over the unsuitable 1600m showed he may be going OK here. If Kate Fitzgerald can get him out and rolling nice and early he could surprise. It wouldn't be the first time he has done so at 100/1.

The Forgotten One and Charlestown are going well, while I am happy putting a line through Danehill's Daughter and Let's Twist as winning hopes.

Selections

4 Shinta Mani
2 Kirov Boy
7 Charlestown

Suggested Bet: 40 wins and 40 places Shinta Mani (4).

 

Race 7 - Blast Off

Here we get a glimpse at the future of the WA riding ranks with the Apprentices Cup. Doing a speed map with so many inexperienced jockeys engaged, is a pointless exercise. The more established apprentices tend to take this out. For that reason I am happy following the form apprentice Jordan Turner on Elegant Blast. Her runs in the Oaks and Belmont Classic were huge and her most recent effort on a leader bias Northam track was one of the runs of the day. If Jordan Turner can have her within striking distance after an economical run she should go very close.

Burger Time demolished his rivals last start when rolling forward and not giving anything else a sniff. This is harder, but the appointment of our man Randolph Tan is key. Caralabek, Blackwood, Cougar Nights and Romelo are the other winning hopes.

Selections

10 Elegant Blast
6 Burger Time
3 Cougar Nights

Suggested Bet: 35 wins and 35 places Elegant Blast (10).

 

Race 8 - Tax Time

Taxagano was a dominant victor here a fortnight ago and really should go on with it here. There will be question marks over the fact that win was on the heavy going and he won't receive the same conditions, but I don't think it will matter. This is a midweek race in disguise and from the good draw he should be too strong.

The Reef Keeper form doesn't overly enthuse me, while Kingdom And Empire fell in after a perfect ride in a weak class 3 at Northam. Quest To Venus is the biggest danger, but if we are in trouble coming to the last, I am relatively confident we can get ourselves out. Over $4 is currently available which looks like a big quote.

Selections

2 Taxagano
5 Quest To Venus
3 Witness In Court

Suggested Bet: 100 wins Taxagano (2).
 

Recent Comments

User carey

carey 25 Nov | Posts: 5623

place dividend missing for cruachan in race 2 todayneed it to get home!!

User Rodent

Rodent 25 Nov | Posts: 3940

They bet $100 about the grey on BF.

User Fastmoney

Fastmoney 25 Nov | Posts: 4617

From Brisburghphil as wellR9 Living in hope here that my old mate PUSH TO PASS can win this at a price of $30+. I donít think itís that difficult a race and the light weight is a massive bonus given he is a small horse. Widely drawn but I still remember ...

User H-BOMBER

H-BOMBER 25 Nov | Posts: 6083

Ascot R9. Tabtouch Perth Cup - New Year's Day Handicap - Terry LeightonPush To Pass is far better than a $40 chance. If stuff has hit the fan in the first 8 races, this may be the hail mary youíve been looking for.   10. FRIARESQUE - 4. FIRST AFFAI...

User TheSwooper

TheSwooper 25 Nov | Posts: 1341

Not sure how Push can win but Tayla need to learn how to push a horse through a gap. She just doesn't seem strong enough and everything is gone before she can ride em out..Horses seem to travel really well for her though.

User Coldy

Coldy 25 Nov | Posts: 1479

@ Chelsea, wtf hope you had a quaddie you nailed last 2 legs at big odds and kept me at maiden status in tipping comp in a big way .Awesome picks well done

User silky

silky 25 Nov | Posts: 182

Didnt you say that 5 of last 6 winners came from barrier 11 or 12 riders?

User The_Bull

The_Bull 25 Nov | Posts: 610

Stating the obvious, but the hanicaper got it right elevating Variation in front of Tradesman. Great call.

User keymeup

keymeup 25 Nov | Posts: 165

The more I look at tonkatuff the more I like its form

User Ridersonthestorm33

Ridersonthestorm33 25 Nov | Posts: 4830

Last week after the final race looked at the prices and the 16th horse in betting was Great Shot...so if that field ran ( most of them did ) then Great Shot was the rank outsider...it was that sort of race this year 16 horses and 16 chances. Well done Grea...