Race 1 – 11:59AM FREE ENTRY TO BELMONT PARK PLATE (1200 METRES)
Really competitive line up with eight of the original 11 acceptors capable of winning. Have an opinion of GOTTA MOTOR and ended up locking him in on top, after impressing at trials and being a touch unlucky not to have saluted on debut. Expected to land in the back half, but with the rail out 14m on a rain-affected surface, he should be able to work into the race on the turn and launch late. SNIPPY MISS will have plenty of admirers with Pike on from the low draw. Should get every chance. COMES A TIME was strong on debut, as was HOLY GHOST, who is expected to elevate with blinkers on.
Suggested: 3. GOTTA MOTOR each way.
3. GOTTA MOTOR
10. SNIPPY MISS
1. COMES A TIME
5. HOLY GHOST
Race 2 – 12:34PM TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Looking forward to seeing what SHOWMANSHIP can produce on debut. Another gifted Peters Investments 3YO, this fellow has had an interrupted prep, having been scratched a couple of times recently, and the bar plates on in front are rarely ideal. Still, his multiple trial wins have been simply too strong to ignore and the Team Williams/Pike combo are in dominant form at present. If right, should win. LIPSTICK FLICKERS is more than capable of winning though, having cruised to victory in this grade last time. MISSING PRO faces her biggest test, while MY LADY FAIR can make her presence felt fresh.
Suggested: 7. SHOWMANSHIP win.
4. LIPSTICK FLICKERS
5. MY LADY FAIR
2. WAKAN TANKA
*Numbers amended after Final Scratchings
Race 3 – 1:09PM OLD MATE’S SPORTS BAR AND EATERY HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Expecting natural speedster CLASSY LASSY to prove might hard to catch first up. Made an impression with a commanding Bunbury debut victory before starting $3.40 in a hot 1000m race at Ascot, but was clearly at the end of her prep. Providing she handles the rain-affected, she should bounce straight to the front and prove too fast. OKINA KURI let down with strength to record an overdue maiden win second up. Pike going on can’t hurt and she’s a standout second pick. On-pacer THE BEACH has shown enough this prep and maps well, while BLANKENBERGE was held up in traffic at a vital stage last start.
Suggested: 5. CLASSY LASSY win.
5. CLASSY LASSY
2. OKINA KURI
7. THE BEACH
Race 4 – 1:44PM ASCEND SALES TROPHIES MAIDEN (1400 METRES)
Going to side with NICKLAUS first up. Have been let down by this fellow in the past, but pretty much every runner in this has ‘prior offences’, so happy to forgive him against this line up, especially considering the way he attacked the line to win his Lark Hill 5/6 trial. Maps to advantage from the low draw and ticks the most boxes. HOTHAM VALLEY is a horse to follow, but a high draw makes things tricky. Really impressed with the way he finished off first up though. WORTH SQUARE showed a sharp turn-of-foot fresh before stopping abruptly. He’ll be fitter, while MAGIC EMPIRE is a top-four lock.
Suggested: 3. HOTHAM VALLEY win.
3. HOTHAM VALLEY
9. WORTH SQUARE
1. MAGIC EMPIRE
10. WATTO’S ASSASSIN
*Numbers amended after Final Scratchings
Race 5 – 2:19PM PERTH RACING CLUB MEMBERSHIP HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
Have a strong opinion of ZARATITE and he stands out as the horse to beat first up. Showed plenty during his initial racing prep, including a powerful Bunbury maiden victory, and was putting in the big strides late in his Lark Hill 4/06 trial. Looks a black-type stayer in the making, but with freshness on his side he should still be swooping over the top of them in this. MASCHINO MISS is no slouch though. Possesses impressive closing speed and she’ll be backed to knock off Zaratite. DYNAMITE DREAM was better last time and her best is good enough, while CHENERY RED relishes the rain-affected.
Suggested: 5. ZARATITE win.
2. MASCHINO MISS
1. DYNAMITE DREAM
3. CHENERY RED
Race 6 – 2:55PM AMELIA PARK HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Found this to be a tricky race to assess and with low confidence opted for LOOKOUT. Kept fresh (32 days) since his latest Ascot assignment, this fellow has more than held his own in better races than this in 2019 and did have some strong Belmont soft-track form last winter. Has some ability and if he brings his A-game, he’ll give this a shake. CHOICE COMMAND will roll forward and try to lead from the outside alley, and his recent Northam results are decent. Lindsey Smith is in a bit of form also. Pike goes on smart first-up winner MELTEME, while MANKIND can elevate with the blinkers on.
Suggested: 5. LOOKOUT each way.
1. CHOICE COMMAND
Race 7 – 3:35PM PINK LADIES LUNCHEON – SATURDAY 6 JULY HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
This looks the right race for TRULY BELONG. Can be a hard horse to catch, but hasn’t been too far away recently and really should be suited coming back to the rain-affected Belmont circuit after a couple of runs on the firmer Northam. Gun trainer Adam Durrant reaching for the blinkers is another positive. Really liked the last-start performance of ROSEBUSH in a fast/strong Ascot 1200m event. That form certainly stacks up. AMELIE ARGOT is an obvious major player and looks suited from the low draw back in grade, while SIGIL had excuses last time and is expected to rebound.
Suggested: 6. TRULY BELONG win.
6. TRULY BELONG
1. AMELIE ARGOT
11. LA BIONDA
Race 8 – 4:10PM SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
Pretty keen on SNOWCHINO second up. Beaten for speed when resuming over 1000m and was doing some nice work in the straight before being eased down significantly by ‘The Pontiff’ Paul Harvey late. That hit-out should bring her forward nicely, looks suited up in trip and her soft-track form is another positive. Looks the one. BEAT THE BELL certainly caught the eye in the same race as Snowchino last start, clocking some of the day’s best closing sectionals. Expected to be very strong late again. On-pacer ANOTHER STORY loves Belmont and can show some cheek, while PLAYING MARIKA has some class.
Suggested: 7. SNOWCHINO win.
6. BEAT THE BELL
11. ANOTHER STORY
4. PLAYING MARIKA
Race 9 – 4:45PM THE PENINSULA DINING ROOM HANDICAP (1650 METRES)
Would be surprised if SEND MY LOVE didn’t give this a nudge. Has been let up since a super-competitive summer/autumn campaign that included in seven top-four finishes from nine starts. Raced well at Belmont last season, low draw suits and her best form really stands out. Big-finishing mare SCENIC JOURNEY hasn’t done a lot wrong all prep and connections have booked Pike after three straight placings with Jason Whiting in the saddle. Should be going close again. MEGADON had no luck when heavily-commissioned last start, while didn’t mind the first-up effort from SAN CRISPINO.
Suggested: 2. SEND MY LOVE win.
2. SEND MY LOVE
12. SCENIC JOURNEY
9. SAN CRISPINO
**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 3:00pm on Monday 10 June 2019