WA Racing this Saturday continues at Belmont for an eight race card. The weather is fine, the track is good (4) and the rail is in the true position for the entire circuit.
Race 1. (15:23) Perth Racing Young Membership Handicap (78+) 1200m
Great to see 4 Whispering Brook (Bet Now: $2.05) back at the races after nearly 12 months in the paddock. She is one of the stars of WA racing who ran a couple of crackers during the Melbourne Spring of last year, highlighted by her third to Global Glamour in the Thousand Guineas. Looked outstanding in a recent trial win and she’s ready to go.
1 Gigante (Bet Now: $3.90) had really good market support when resuming over 1000m here last Saturday and he landed some nice bets, aided by a lovely ride near the pace by Tayla Stone, who had the gelding just parked off the speed before getting clear and grabbing the win late. Like that he is backing up, maps well and has the fitness edge.
2 Rebel King (Bet Now: $7.50) is another quality galloper, this one first up for the Mcauliffe team. He had a mixed Summer/Autumn prep, though he did win the feature sprint race on Mount Barker Cup Day. Sharp trial win in mid August and Pike sticks. The big, big negative is that the bar plates are on.
Race 2. (16:03) James Boags Premium Maiden 1200m
14 Heir And There (Bet Now: $6.50) on top in a race I ave no confidence in. Hasn’t raced for 194 days since racing at York where she was hard in the market but put in a howler when dropping out, but she was later found to have pulled up lame. Interesting she resumes with no trials, but the push is that Pike is on.
13 Bellflower (Bet Now: $11.00) is a Bob McPherson trained mare in good form at the moment. Her two runs back from a spell have been quite encouraging, the latest coming a fortnight back at this track/distance when a close up third to the above average Kia Ora Star. That form should hold up okay for this.
8 Oakhurst Power (Bet Now: $35.00) is a Henny Hughes gelding on debut here. This four year old has trialled in readiness for his first day at the races, both at Lark Hill. The latest came on Monday where he looked to go about his business quite nicely in running third. Draws the inside marble and this race has no depth.
Race 3. (16:43) Perth Racing Club Membership Handicap (72+) 1400m
Buttering up on 1 Pinzu (Bet Now: $4.00). Know he is being set for the Hannans Handicap during the Kalgoorlie Carnival but I think he can win here. was really keen on him a fortnight back but he let me down badly with a poor effort from the back when fifth to Flying Roar. I think he can produce the third up bounce back.
7 Bonny Be Good (Bet Now: $5.00) was an impressive first up winner over 1200m here before racing at the same track/distance three weeks back and putting in a howler it would seem behind Lockroy, with no real excuses. She can race a touch flat second up though and goes much better third up. Give her another chance.
5 Juicing Carrots (Bet Now: $9.00) was absolutely awful when resuming here a fortnight back. Sat back off the speed under Pateman and when he asked for the big effort, there was nothing and he eased him up late. Stack of gear changes to sharpen him up and he looked good in a trial on Monday.
Race 4. (17:20) Schweppes Plate 1400m
4 State Prosecutor (Bet Now: $2.80) is a very promising gelding for Team Williams who resumed over 1300m here a tick over two weeks back and aided by a confident steer from Pike, the three year burst home and won with a bit in reserve from the looks of it. Good test here, but I am confident he can measure up.
1 Athlete (Bet Now: $5.00) resumed at the same meeting mentioned above over the same trip but in 0MW for the three year olds and I thought he did quite a good job to get the win. He sat back off a slow tempo and looked in a bit of trouble but once he got wide and balanced up, I like the way he found to get the win. He can win again for sure.
9 The Big Show (Bet Now: $17.00) lived up to his namesake on debut. He was expected to do good things, the fans/market suggested he would but he let them down with a battling seventh of eight in the race won by Athlete. I will say he didn’t appear overly suited by the tempo either. That is a query here also, but the market support was too strong to ignore.
Race 5. (17:55) Devil's Lair Plate 1000m
3 Saturia (Bet Now: $2.60) for me here. This girl debuted here with a strong win over the above average Epic Grey on August 12 before a 21 day break and racing here again alongside Epic Grey but that horse turned the tables, albeit narrowly. She maps well here, should lead and take some beating.
4 Arrum Boy (Bet Now: $10.00) is a six start maiden for the Steve Wolfe yard but his efforts are better than that of a maiden horse. He ran fourth in that Epic Grey race mentioned above and I thought his effort was very good from the back, closing off with real purpose. He will get a hot speed in front him again and get every chance to ambush.
8 Misty Metal (Bet Now: $12.00) is a Team Harvey trained filly who was a drifter in betting when making her debut over 1100m at Northam but she defied that with a dominant on speed win by Skye Bogenhuber and did it without really being fully felt for. Tricky gate here is the query, but plenty to like about the debut win.
Race 6. (18:25) D'Orsogna Handicap (1MW) 1200m
1 Atlanta Blue (Bet Now: $3.30) on top. Jason Pateman trained five year old in really good form at the moment. He ran over this track/distance a fortnight back and loomed large to win when he eventually got clear but just missed. Could make a case he should have won. Keen on him here to bounce back.
6 Multiverse (Bet Now: $4.00) is a Gary Crispin trained gelding who is two for two this time in, both at this track/distance. The latest came last Wednesday where he was given a sweet ride by Whiting and he let down hard when asked for the big effort and drew right away for a dominant win. He can measure up here.
3 On Trend (Bet Now: $6.00) is another that comes through that race mentioned above, won by Roltana Beach. On Trend was first up and he too was another unlucky runner. Never really clear at any stage despite having plenty to offer. Won’t get in a pocket here with the wide gate and rates highly for mine.
Race 7. (19:00) Ascot Racing Carnival Handicap (1MW) 1600m
6 Golgotha (Bet Now: $5.50) is a Lindsey Smith trained gelding in ripping form in recent times. Broke the maiden two back over 1500m at Pinjarra before racing at this track/distance last Wednesday where he was confidently ridden by Smith, leading all the way and in the end he was dominant. He can continue the picket fence.
2 Battle Torque (Bet Now: $6.50) is an Adam Durrant trained gelding who should prove hard to beat. He ran at this track/distance a couple of Wednesdays back and it was a tough watch if you were on. He was blocked for most of the straight when appearing to be bolting and should have finished much closer. Pike on, he can bounce back hard.
4 Sonnen (Bet Now: $7.50) is a bit of a non winner for the Stephen Miller yard but he is racing so well. Just needs to crack it for a win. Looked as if he’d win a fortnight back here but he ended up being bloused late by Witness In Court. Gets the claim for Tan again and if they overdo it in front, he’s the one.
Race 8. (19:35) Get The Tabtouch Handicap (66+) 2000m
9 Romelo (Bet Now: $5.50) is a horse I’m giving one more chance to. He comes through the Apprentices Cup last time out where Johnston-Porter gave him a perfect ride off the pace and once he hit the front, it was game over, but he ended up being bloused late by Elegant Blast. Pike on, clear running, cover…yes…please.
1 Jetoomy (Bet Now: $4.60) was huge here a fortnight back at the track/distance. Was wide no cover throughout yet still had the audacity to loom up and hit the front, only to be bloused late by Danehills Daughter in a thrilling finish. Draws much better here and gets weight relief after the claim. Rates highly.
8 Let’s Twist (Bet Now: $9.50) is a Team Pearce trained mare who won well two back at the midweeks before racing at this track/distance two weeks ago where she got slightly held up when building momentum and that just took the wind out of her sails behind Danehills Daughter. I think if she can build full momentum, she’s a threat here.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Eight Number 9 Romelo
NEXT BEST: Race Four Number 4 State Prosecutor
VALUE: Race Two Number 14 Heir And There
Quaddie Tips (Races Five Through To Eight):
Leg One: 3, 4, 6, 8
Leg Two: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
Leg Three: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Leg Four: 9
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