FREE ENTRY TO BELMONT PARK HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Belmont Value Bet - Race 5 No. 8 Deputano
While she was a little disappointing as a drifting favourite third-up in the WA Day Cup at Northam, this mare was buried away in a tough position from an inside gate, with the pattern of that race favouring the middle and wider lanes in the straight.
Prior to that June 7 outing, Deputano absolutely bolted in second-up over the 1500m at Pinjarra and as a middle distance/staying prospect last year, the four-year-old did look capable of progressing to this sort of level.
In this field which has next to no early speed on paper, we want to see a positive Joseph Azzopardi early from barrier 10 as she has shown tactical speed in the past and with potentially a soft run on the speed, is a good price to bounce back.
AMELIA PARK HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Belmont Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 2 Excellent Dream
It was simply just a poor set-up for this gelding when resuming off a freshen-up on June 5 where along with being forced to the rear from a wide gate, he was spotting weight to the rest of the field.
Excellent Dream still recorded the fastest last 600m of that 1200m contest despite not getting out until it was all over and having won six from 14 going into that, I'm willing to forgive a run that had much more merit than the finishing position indicated.
A dominant winner in a similar race when carrying half a kilo more on March 20, William Pike takes the reins on Saturday and on a galloper with tactical versatility, it wouldn't be a shock to see the more positive tactics return now he's had a blowout.
HEINEKEN 3 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Belmont Best Bet - Race 7 No. 3 Amasenus
An inside alley along with the step to 1200m bring different challenges for this mare who is aiming for her fifth victory in a row, but with even luck, there's no reason as to why she can't achieve that feat here.
From the Simon Miller stable who have prepared six winners in June at a strike rate of 34%, the four-year-old is starting to work her way through the grades well and given the drift ($3.50-$6.00), the first-up performance wasn't expected.
Recording a very slick last 600m of 32.54 when coming from the rear to grab victory on June 5, it's hard to see second favourite Eeyore Wayz turning the tables from that clash, especially if Chris Parnham makes use of barrier two early aboard Amasenus.
ASCEND SALES TROPHIES HANDICAP Tips (Race 9)
Belmont Roughie - Race 9 No. 11 Zero Demerits
He was a bit of a late starter, but has progressed over his last two campaigns which has seen him accrue now three Saturday wins, including a victory last July over this track and trip when well supported late ($16.00-$9.00).
A rising seven-year-old, but a galloper that has been improving with age, Zero Demerits managed to handle the rise in class to this grade when bolting in last September and he loves Belmont, with four of his five career wins having come on this circuit.
The son of Demerit resumed over the 1200m where despite being a big price over that unsuitable trip, there's no doubt he finishes closer if the traffic over the last 150m didn't come and in a wide-open finish to this program, he has some claims at decent odds.