GLENROY CHAFF HANDICAP Tips (Race 3)
Belmont Next Best Bet - Race 3 No. 4 Comes A Time
This very consistent gelding was competitive throughout last year in some handy races and couldn't buy a trick this preparation, caught three-wide yet again on May 22, but stuck on well considering.
Comes A Time was able to bring up a much-deserved victory on the seven-day back-up via the May 29 meeting, the same pattern he's attempting this Saturday after getting home strongly over 1200m last week, with the drop back to 1000m now a positive.
The five-year-old is also suited with the drop back in grade, bringing strong references around Amasenus (now an 83 rater) to an event where he should lob handier from a better draw and if able to hold his current form, is well placed to bounce back here.
AMELIA PARK HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Belmont Value Bet - Race 4 No. 2 Kallaroo
With the ability to handle a soft track and making some decent inroads behind Comfort Me on June 19, a runner that is rated well above anything in this field, Kallaroo stepped up to mile last start, finding the line in a tradesman's way once more for fourth.
2100m is obviously a much different proposition, however, he's clearly no slouch, defeating Western Empire in the Fairetha Stakes last spring, a galloper that is easily the best three-year-old middle distance/staying runner in Western Australia.
Although not quite in the touch of his two and early three-year-old season, this gelding isn't going badly and with every run this preparation, is giving the impression each time that these further trips could well be what he's searching for.
CROWN PERTH HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Belmont Value Bet - Race 7 No. 3 All Day Session
The June 27 win last year appeared to have come of the blue at the time, but he proved that was no fluke when backing that up with a half-length defeat into second behind the very talented Clairvoyance, arguably the most talented sprinter in the west.
After being unsuited in a small field behind Chantorque and Charleton Eddie last spring, All Day Session bounced back to winner's stall second-up when plummeting in grade and although having not saluted since then, he's hardly been disgracing himself.
Barring the second-up performance on June 19, this three-year-old has found the line well each time and after a very unlucky effort last week when held up until it was all over, is dropping back to the 1000m, a distance which both career wins have come over.
SALINGER HANDICAP Tips (Race 9)
Belmont Best Bet - Race 9 No. 4 Aberdeen Queen
This four-year-old would have to be about the unluckiest galloper going around in the country at present, a mare that continues peeling off the fastest closing sectionals despite being unsuited, which she was again the case on June 26 despite a big weight.
Prepared by master trainer Lindsey Smith, Aberdeen Queen was also desperately unlucky at Group Three level last campaign and while the favours didn't come on May 22 and June 12 this time in, the last defeat can simply be put down to a poor ride.
On a wet track and carrying just 56kg in comparison to the 60.5kg she was forced to lump over the mile, I don't mind the step back to 1400m, a distance she's won two of three attempts over and leading rider Chris Parnham takes back the reins this Saturday.