TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET HANDICAP Tips (Race 2)
Belmont Best Bet - Race 2 No. 3 Captain Sharmane
Trainer Roy Rogers has prepared 45 winners at a strike rate of 20% this year and with this filly who has now had two runs back from a good freshen-up, it's good placement on Wednesday coming back to midweek level.
Behind two genuine city class gallopers in Brooklyn Pier and Time Scale, the daughter of Magnus caught the eye late for third with a race fastest last 600m of 33.24 before stepping up to the 1200m at Belmont where she was honest in a midfield finish.
Captain Sharmane got shuffled back in a contest that rated superbly for that June 19 program, going faster overall than the two handy six-furlong events later on the card and after the Madi Derrick claim, she only goes up half a kilo here for a much easier assignment.
CROWN PERTH HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Belmont Value Bet - Race 6 No. 1 Miss Ivy League
Visually, it was a poor effort on resumption at Belmont, however, as a big and strong filly that looks to hold plenty of condition, she may just always need that fresh run which her prior two first-up attempts suggest.
It's also worth noting that Miss Ivy League was competing in quite a handy three-year-old Saturday race via that May 29 event, with that winner Graceful Girl subsequently bolting in at Listed level and all runners that beat her home are at least city class.
She improved second-up although raced too keenly in that Northam effort, so on a galloper that is looking to go faster and that is now fitter, we want to see 3kg claiming apprentice Keshaw Dhurun allowing her to be comfortable and rolling along early.
MRS MAC'S HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Belmont Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 2 Belle Of Liberty
After winning two of her first four career starts, this four-year-old was a little hit or miss in two subsequent campaigns, but off two good trials, she returned with an excellent win at Kalgoorlie, racing three-wide the trip via that June 13 attempt.
As we saw on that same program with Tena Koutou, a stable mate to Belle Of Liberty, trainer Adam Durrant can give them that softer kill first-up before venturing back to better races, which as evident last Thursday when Tena Koutou bolted in at Pinjarra.
Drawing for a kinder run on the speed and only going up half a kilo with Clint Jonhston-Porter remaining in the saddle, the daughter of Patronize is well placed to go back-to-back on Wednesday as an in-form mare in a field that lacks depth.