FREE ENTRY TO BELMONT PARK HANDICAP Tips (Race 3)
Belmont Value Bet - Race 3 No. 2 Nobel Laurence
He improved enough with the race experience in his first campaign to make light work of his opposition on November 12 and saluted second-up in March over 1400m, the same pattern he's attempting this Saturday.
Nobel Laurence is a galloper that I've always had time for and a runner that had his quirks early, but they are slowly being ironed out with racing, and the only flop came on April 3, albeit there were genuine excuses (elevated heart rate and slow recovery).
The three-year-old was then spelled as a result and he bounced back with an eye-catching second on July 10, where although he was never threatening Simple Plan, he put a big margin on All Day Session, who defeated Brooklyn Pier last Saturday.
MORLEY GROWERS MARKET HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Belmont Best Bet - Race 4 No. 2 Zaratite
In two preparations over 2019, Zaratite was progressing nicely, recording a winning hat-trick that winter (all on soft tracks) and would've easily have made in four in a row if he wasn't trapped three-wide following that.
The son of Animal Kingdom was brave first-up this preparation behind Naughty By Nature who franked that form by winning a Group Three at her next start, and although this gelding although was beaten as an odds-on favourite following that, he certainly lost no admirers.
Second-up at 1650m off nearly a two-year spell, he has still put nearly eight lengths on the next runner home and given William Pike did ride Treasured Crown to victory last start (second favourite here), the fact he sticks with this Bob Peters runner is a very good lead.
PERTH RACING CLUB MEMBERSHIP HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Belmont Favourite - Race 5 No. 6 Dunbar
This lightly race Bob Peters-owned three-year-old was unbeaten from his first two starts last winter which included a victory over subsequent Listed winner, Chantorque on a Soft 7 surface at Belmont.
Dunbar simply never came up in the spring, but backed up the good May 31 trial with a second on resumption to Sunnysilk, sustaining a wide run behind a fit 1000m specialist in what was a strong return ahead of his 1200m tilt on July 3.
While it was visually a disappointing performance, he did have some excuses in the run home when held up/racing in restricted room, but the closing splits were still good considering and third-up to 1400m, I'm willing to give him another chance.
CROWN PERTH HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Belmont Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 2 Notorious One
A half-brother to Group Three winner She's Clean, Notorious One took a long time to hit the race track but created an immediate impression, bolting in via a Belmont Maiden before stepping straight to Class 3 level to go back-to-back.
While the five-year-old has his fair share of talent, harnessing that in better company was starting to become a problem with his racing manners were holding him back as his autumn campaign wore on, which culminated in a sub-par performance on May 8.
With a clear race fastest last 600m fresh on July 10, he looked a different galloper with the blinkers back on, settling early before taking gaps in the run home and then sprinting sharply late to score, something this gelding wasn't mature enough to do last campaign.