Belmont Tips - best bets for Belmont on Saturday

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August 4


Race 4 - 2:14PM NEW SEASON SPRINT (1000 METRES)
On times, they just can’t get near SUPER MAXI, and considering he drops 3kg on last start and should strip fitter third-up, he’s the one to beat. He has brilliant gate speed and will be advantaged by the inside barrier, and I can’t see anything taking him on for lead. Caipirinha is one that could try and speed across from barrier 7, but with 5kg more than Super Maxi, he won’t want to get drawn into a speed battle.

Race 5 - 2:54PM INGLIS BLOODSTOCK LEADING TRAINER 2017/18 HCP (1000 METRES)
FIRE AND RAIN ran below expectation last start and he can bounce back following a four-week freshen-up. He may of struggled under the big weight (59.5kg) but now drops to 54kg and should find it a bit easier to keep going late. League Of Nations is capable of matching motors with Fire And Rain, but after drawing wide and being likely to get caught deep, he may be too risky.

Race 7 - 4:10PM WA BOOKMAKERS ASSOC. LEADING APPRENTICE 2017/18 (2000 METRES)
This looks a nice race for PADDY’S SHADOW who is rock-hard-fit and gets in on the minimum weight. She was unlucky two starts back after settling right behind the speed and getting checked as the pace slackened which caused her to get shuffled back to the rear. She worked home gallantly for 3rd and arguably should have won. Last start she was caught three wide without cover for the trip, and maybe didn’t see the 2200m right out, but was still brave behind Come Play With Me and State Prosecutor. Down in the weights here, and sure to get a soft run from the inside gate, she can settle just off the speed and finish best. 

July 28


Race 1 - 12:48PM D'ORSOGNA HANDICAP (2200 METRES)
Red Army was a bit unlucky for us last time after getting held up early in the straight and being narrowly beaten, but I can’t ignore the fact they went 18 lengths slower than the race DUDEMANBRO was runner-up to Gatting in. Yes, Red Army will improve on that run and William Pike goes aboard, while he also drops 3kg and Dudemanbro goes up 3kg. And Red Army’s race was run on a Soft 7 while Dudemanbro performed on a Soft 5 – but 18 lengths! The form from that race looks strongest here and Dudemanbro will prove hard to run down from up on the speed. 
Result (3rd)

Race 6 - 3:55PM TABTOUCH HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
No reason to jump off ABDICATOR who scored impressively for us last start in very good time for the Soft 7-rated track. I can’t see Astronomite turning that around, and Atlanta Blue ran much slower time on a superior track last start, so I can’t see him challenging either. He did finish 3rd when facing a week back-up previously, but that was at his first attempt over the mile, and he went for a break straight after that and must have had enough for the preparation. No concerns here and he should be winning again with William Pike steering him from the inside gate. 
Result (1st - $2.10)

Race 7 - 4:30PM BUDGET CAR & TRUCK RENTAL HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
TELLEM WE’RE COMIN is flying this campaign, and despite going up in weight last start, he still improved running a slightly slower time than his previous start but on an inferior track. The drop back to 1300m after two runs over the mile is the only concern but considering he’s rock-hard-fit and has drawn the inside gate, Pike can use the gate and fitness to advantage and may try to hold a more forward position. If he’s within a few lengths of them when they straighten, his class will shine through. 
Result (3rd)

July 21


Race 3 - 2:03PM AMELIA PARK LODGE SPRINT (1000 METRES)
FLOYD is unbeaten in three second-up runs and he has won two and finished runner-up twice from four starts at the track. He seemed a bit flat-footed early in the straight when first-up but was clearly doing his best work late when getting within half a length of Ambiente. Snow Lord has beaten Floyd a couple of times but is yet to win at Belmont in eight starts, while The River resumes from a spell and may need the run with Floyd sure to be strong through the line. 
Result (2nd)

Race 5 - 3:15PM CICERELLO'S-BELMONT CLASSIC (2200 METRES)
COME PLAY WITH ME has won three in a row – all at Belmont around this trip – and at set weights, he’s the one they all have to beat again. Other than State Prosecutor who couldn’t bridge the gap on Come Play With Me last time, I simply can’t see anything else getting near him here.
Result (1st - $1.70)

Race 8 - 5:00PM QUAYCLEAN HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
ABDICATOR is one of the most consistent horses in WA having placed in all 10 starts as well as winning four of them. He enjoyed a soft run behind the speed when first-up over 1300m, and after taking a gap on the rail and looming as a danger, he seemed to peak on his run but fought hard to the line. He’s unbeaten in two second-up runs, has won both races over 1400m, and with expected improvement and the inside gate for William Pike, he’s the one to beat. 
Result (1st - $3.50)

July 14


Race 3 - 1:54PM SWAN RIVER VASE (2200 METRES)
It’s hard to go past AT THE READY here following his last start run. He settled last off a slow tempo and was absolutely flying home to share 4th place with Falcon Crest. The extra 200m is ideal and he meets Gatting and Falcon Crest better at the weights under the set weights and penalties conditions of this event. 
Result (3rd)

Race 4 - 2:33PM GRANT THORNTON HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
REBEL KING had the measure of It’s It after that pair set the speed last start and I expect this to be the same. It’s It should lead from barrier 4 and Rebel King should land on his outside unless he opts for a sit behind Snow Lord or More Aces who are also likely to go forward. He should improve with that first-up run under the belt, and although he meets It’s It worse at the weights, Rebel King is the one to beat with plenty of upside. Seeker looms as the likely danger but I’m not sure he’s suited dropping back in trip when he’s likely to get back and try and run on. 
Result (unplaced)

July 7


Race 1 - 12:38PM KIRIN MEGUMI PLATE (1000 METRES)
No reason to jump off FIRE AND RAIN despite him going up in weight and meeting Kiss The Breeze 1.5kg worse at the weights. He jumped two lengths slower than Kiss The Breeze who fired out of the gates, but he still had enough early speed to drive through and lead. He improved significantly second and third-up last campaign so he should have plenty of upside following that last start win. Although he’s won his only start at Belmont, he has won four from four trials at the track so is technically five from five. The Soft track will be a query for most of these, but Fire And Rain’s 7.5-length trial win on a Soft track leaves no doubt he’s suited. 
Result (2nd)

Race 4 - 2:33PM CROWN SPORTS BAR HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Although FLOYD is unbeaten in three second-up attempts and you would assume he improves with a run under his belt, he mostly runs quicker time first-up but has just been beaten by a better one on three occasions. Floyd won on debut, but Interestingly, it’s Snow Lord that has defeated him in two of his other three first-up runs, while Blitzen Someday has also defeated him first-up. There is no Snow Lord or Blitzem Someday here and I’m expecting Floyd to bring his brilliant fresh form to what looks a very winnable contest. 
Result (2nd)


June 30


Race 6 - 3:40PM STRICKLAND STAKES (2000 METRES)
I made the mistake of jumping of MATERIAL MAN in favour of Pounamu last start but have to get back on the Material Man bandwagon here. He’s best suited over this trip, still has plenty of upside and was pulling away from Pounamu with every stride last time. He can do that again and is a worth favourite in the feature of the day. 
Result (1st - $1.50)

Race 7 - 4:15PM INGLIS BLOODSTOCK LEADING TRAINER 2017/18 HCP (1600 METRES)
BELLA’S IDOL has finished runner-up in three of four runs at the track and trip but gets his chance to break through here despite the wide gate. Second-up this campaign he finished six lengths from Red Army over the mile at Northam, and then he improved significantly to beat that galloper home by nearly three lengths last start over the mile at Belmont. He peaked fourth-up from a spell last campaign when going up in class and finishing 2nd to Prize Catch, and similar fourth-up improvement here make him hard to beat. 
Result (1st - $6.50)

June 23


Race 1 - 12:32PM CROWN PERTH PLATE (1000 METRES)
Paul Jordan’s FIRE AND RAIN is a serious racehorse and judging by his two barrier trials this time in, he’s really improved with a break. He exploded out of the gates in his most recent barrier trial, and while the rest where hard at work chasing him, he was well and truly throttled down with 200m to go and just cantered in. Two trials should have him forward enough to run a strong 1000m, and it will take a good one to get near him. 
Result (1st - $2.40)


Race 4 - 2:28PM TABTOUCH BM72 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
There are no juicy odds available for the undefeated FABERGINO but this filly is very talented and should be winning again. Her time was quicker than Super Maxi and she drops 2kg while he goes up half a kilo. Both last start winners were impressive, but Fabergino was eased right up with 100m to go and could have gone considerably quicker – which is scary. 
Result (3rd)


What Bets To Place at Belmont Races


There are a number of ways to bet on horse racing this weekend from a standard win or place bet to quadrellas and multibets. 

SINGLE: The most common bet. The single bet involves betting on your selection to win, place, or both (each-way). If betting each-way (see our guide for what an each-way bet is), the stake is doubled as you are betting on your selection to win, and also to place.

QUINELLA: A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners. To win a Quinella, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order

EXACTA: An exacta is exactly the same as a quinella. However, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the correct order

TRIFECTA: A Trifecta bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a Trifecta, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in a given race. 

FIRST4: A First4 bet is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a First4, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placegetters in a given race. 

MYSTERY BET: A Mystery Bet takes the guess work out of picking a Trifecta and is generated by the betting agency’s computer. The computer system will randomly select three runners and if they fill the placings you win the Trifecta. 

QUADDIE: A Quaddie bet, or Quadrella bet as it is fully known, is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings. A quaddie is betting on the winners of four nominated races, which are typically the last four races of any meeting, and is a very popular bet. 

MULTIBET: Multibets offer a great way to secure big winning returns on your bets as you combine various bets into one, and are proving to be an extremely popular way to bet. A multibet combines any number of bets from two to 25 into one single bet and dramatically increases the odds. 

PATENT BET: A Patent bet is similar to a three-leg multibet but is made up of seven separate bets: three singles, three doubles and a trio. Where a multibet requires all selections to win for a return, a patent bet will yield a return from just one winner.

ALL-IN BETTING: All-In betting involves a bookmaker offering fixed odds on selected feature races prior to the declaration of the final field. All-In betting on the Melbourne Cup, for example, is available for the better part of 12 months leading into the event. The risk with All-In Betting is that you will not receive your stake back if your horse is scratched.

Alternatively, follow our quick links below to learn more about the various types of horse racing bets.




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