The Perth Winter Racing Carnival continues on Saturday with the running of the Listed Beaufine Stakes at Belmont.
We’ve previewed the entire nine-race program and our best bets can be found below.
Born To Rule can be forgiven on his third-up run when second to All Day Session by a nose over the track and distance.
The daughter of Universal Ruler has to overcome the wide gate yet again, but she does get a kg off with Clint Johnston-Porter retaining the ride and has already shown she has the acceleration to win this from the front.
Tough to know what to make of Bourbon Beau after finishing last on debut in the same race.
He did look impressive in Monday’s jump out however and the fact William Pike takes the ride signals plenty of intent from the Simon Miller yard. Expect improvement if he can overcome the wide gate.
Puckapunyal has narrowly missed out on a win in both starts this time in finishing runner-up over the 1200m and the 1400m and looks tough to beat from the inside draw carrying only 55.5kg.
The step back down to the 1000m is a test, but she has placed twice previously over the distance, while there’s certainly no query around the in-form Lindsey Smith yard at the moment.
Platinum Bullet is a two times winner over the distance and has also found the placings in as many starts. She scored narrowly last time out over Alcina carrying 60kg, so we know she can handle the top weight again. Losing William Pike is a big knock, however.
Secret Statue won on debut over the 1200m at Pinjarra under Pike, who sticks aboard the three-year-old again on Saturday. This is a much tougher test, but she should get a lovely run into the race from the inside draw.
Aberdeen Queen couldn’t have been more impressive in her first start over a mile a fortnight ago where she beat home Moderator by just under four lengths. Barrier 13 makes things tricky for Jarrad Noske, but if the pair find cover early, they should prove tough to hold out.
Street Fair is next best after showing real signs of improvement in his return to the races when fourth first-up over the 1400m in a Class 1 a fortnight ago behind Rewrite The Stars.
That form line stacks up well for this race, while the four-year-old was also competitive over the mile last time in missing by only a nose at Ascot.
Material Man is the odds-on favourite coming off a memorable 15-1 win in the Group 3 Strickland Stakes two weeks ago.
The old boy holds a serious class edge over the rest of this field and the way he found the line suggests he should handle the extra 200m just fine.
Noir De Rue seemingly wants further now after finding the 2000m a little short last time out. The Justin Warwick-trained five-year-old won over this track and distance last August and also owns a second and two third’s to his name.
Windstorm has drawn perfectly to make it a hat-trick on Saturday after winning comfortably over the 1300m in his previous two starts.
The exciting son of Redoute’s Choice is again at odds-on under William Pike, but it’s fair to say this is his biggest test yet with a handful of other promising sprinters in the field.
Son Of A God won well last time out over the track and distance but does have the wide barrier to contend with here.
Massimo gets Clint Johnston-Porter with Pike riding Windstorm, but the son of Sessions is an obvious contender over this distance with two wins and as many placings to his name.
Beautiful Mind is the other threat for Lindsey Smith. The daughter of So You Think is resuming off a five-month break and has won first-up previously. She likes to run on, so the wide draw should suit.
The lightly-raced Inspirational Girl can add a fifth win to her growing resume first-up on Saturday.
The four-year-old New Zealand import won over this distance at Pinjarra this time last year before adding a pair of wins over the mile last time in. She’s four from five so far and impossible to tip against under with Pike on board.
Abby Lane has drawn well to at least give the Peters horse a contest.
The five-year-old found the line well for fourth over the 1200m at the mid-weeks first-up and has won twice previously over the 1400m at Belmont. If Inspirational Girl finds traffic, he should be right in this from the low draw.
The form of Roman Flirt is impossible to fault with four wins from seven starts to her name.
She’s coming off a last-start third where she finished two lengths behind Divine Shadow over the 2100m, but the way she battled to the line from a three-wide position suggests she’s more than capable of overcoming the high draw again on Saturday.
La Bionda steps back to the 2000m off a luckless run where she finished 11 of 16 over the 2100m last time out. She’s had to contend with wide barriers in her last three runs, so the setup looks ideal here from a much better gate.
Looks to be a three-horse race in the Listed Beaufine Stakes between numbers 2, 6 and 8.
Essential Spice strips fitter for her first-up run when second to Flow over the track and distance a fortnight ago and will go around as the favourite on Saturday.
The four-year-old has missed the placings only once in 13 starts over this distance, while she again gets conditions to suit here under William Pike.
Misty Metal is resuming off a seven-month spell and has won first-up previously. She too has strong form lines over this distance and has looked very impressive in her recent trial runs last month. She does her best racing when fresh, so there’s lots to like here.
Samizdat is also returning from a lengthy spell and has won three times from four starts first-up.
The son of Not A Single Doubt gets in light at the weights from the low draw and has plenty of speed under the hood. He likes to get back and run on, so look for him late.
Levitate rates as the horse to beat in the last of the day stepping back from the 1400m where he finished third behind Bright Diamond.
The three-year-old also has strong form lines around Indian Pacific and Aberdeen Queen, and while the wide draw is of concern, he still looks a class above most of these.
Devoted Star is the biggest threat for Peters Investments. She smoked the line to win comfortably by a length over the 1000m first-up back in June and again gets William Pike on board to go one better.
Pike will have plenty of options at his disposal from gate 2 and if we get a firm track, the pair should make a race of this.