Belmont Tips & Preview – Saturday 8th August

Belmont plays host to another quality nine-race card on Saturday and there is tremendous value to be found in every field.

The absence of William Pike makes life a little tricker than normal for punters, so we’ve helped you out by providing our best bets below.

Race 1: Free Entry to Belmont Park Maiden (1000m), 1:42pm
No. 4 Oshumi

You could almost make a case for three-quarters of the field in this wide-open sprint race, but I think Oshumi is the one to beat coming off his first-up run when second over the track and distance a fortnight ago.

The Jason Pateman four-year-old went forward from the inside draw and I think he’ll follow a similar pattern here with Mitchell Pateman retaining the ride.

He’s clearly got plenty of motor under the hood and he should be much-improved on his previous effort, especially from the identical draw.

Race 2: Westspeed Platinum Handicap (1200m), 2:22pm
No. 7 Sea War

Quite like the setup here for Sea War resuming from a three-month spell.

The son of War Chant was impressive last time in winning two from three starts, and he was almost impossible to fault in his trial run earlier in the week where he won comfortably over the 1000m with plenty left to give.

Stephen Wolfe’s four-year-old opened his last campaign with a win first-up and I expect a pretty bold showing here from the inside draw.

Race 3: Happy 30th Beau Plate (1400m), 3:02pm
No. 4 Queen Brown

Bit of a two-horse race here between last start winners Billy Ain’t Silly and Queen Brown.

The former has already proven himself a talented galloper and will likely go forward again on Saturday after winning his last start by a length from barrier to box.

Queen Brown was even more impressive in her 3.5L win over Saturday’s rival Chix Chatter.

She gets in nice and light again at the weights here and should have no problem stepping up to the 1400m.

The blinkers on were the right decision ahead of her last start and I’m happy to be with her again.

Race 4: Ngawyni Stakes (1400m), 3:42pm
No. 6 Massimo, No. 3 Abdicator EW

Massimo has finished runner-up in each of his three starts over the 1400m and rates as the one to beat in the $100k Ngawyni Stakes.

The son of Sessions has been up for a while, but his last three runs have been difficult to fault.

He was enormous a fortnight ago boxing on for second behind Inspirational Girl from the front and I like the fact Clint Johnston-Porter jumps back on to close out his prep in style.

Abdicator could be worth a small should each-way, especially from the inside draw.

He’s stepping back in grade here and has won four from his 10 starts over this distance previously.

Race 5: Happy Birthday Robyn Handicap (1600m), 4:18pm
No. 2 Prince Turbo

Prince Turbo tends to take a few races to warm up so I think he’ll be set to peak on Saturday over the mile.

Clint Johnston-Porter will have to overcome the wide gate, but if he can shuffle across early and get back, he should be doing his best work late.

The seven-year-old gets the blinkers back on on Saturday and has won previously with the same gear change. He’s also won twice from three starts over the mile, so everything lines up for a big performance.

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Race 6: Bernard Cough Memorial (1200m), 5:00pm
No. 4 Bel My Pago

Bel My Pago is deserving of another win and I don’t think it will be long before he claims one.

The six-year-old son of Bel Esprit has been making real headway towards the winner’s stall with back-to-back runner ups over the 1200m and 1400m less than a length behind Rewrite The Stars and Super Teroitoa.

The booking of Peter Knuckey suggests plenty of intent from the stable and I’m happy to take him each-way in this open contest.

Race 7: Seppelt Wines Handicap (1000m), 5:35pm
No. 6 We've Got Dreams

We’ve Got Dreams should take a real power of beating in this contest after the way she hit the line for third less than a length behind Boomtastic in her last start.

The four-year-old mare by Universal Ruler has won five from ten starts over this distance previously, three of which came earlier this prep.

She’s clearly a horse of ability and with apprentice Kyra Yuill back on, I think she’s being overlooked in the market a little.

Race 8: Amelia Park Handicap (1400m), 6:10pm
No. 6 Dark Mission

Dark Mission was the beaten favourite last week in what was a total forgive performance.

The pace of the day never really suited her as she fell away to finish fifth, but I think she’ll bounce-back in this contest with Jarrad Noske replacing William Pike.

The Grant and Alana Williams trained mare won over the 1200m when resuming and clearly wants a little further now. The wide gate does make things tricky, but she should be doing her best work late with even luck.

Race 9: Crown Towers Handicap (2100m), 6:50pm
No. 4 Sowar

Happy to stick with Sowar here as he continues to make headway towards his third career win.

The son of Sepoy has found the placings in three of his four starts this time in and looks to have found a suitable contest with Shaun McGruddy back in the saddle.

Traffic cost him a win last time out but he should be much better for it.