FULLER FITNESS HANDICAP Tips (Race 1)
Belmont Best Bet - Race 1 No. 3 Zaratite
After being narrowly eaten second-up from a long spell, it was expected that Zaratite would return to the winner's stall last Saturday and that clearly should've eventuated in one of the more brutal beats seen in Western Australia this season.
Held up for the majority of the run home, William Pike attempted to take the narrowest of runs in the last 100m and was only beaten a pimple on the line in an event that this five-year-old should've won by panels.
Given his starting price was $1.80 in that most recent attempt, the son of Animal Kingdom could well start much shorter than the $1.75 currently available with a 3kg weight swing on Treasured Crown, a rival that he would've had a few lengths on with even luck.
THE BARN MARTIAL ARTS AND FITNESS PLATE (Race 3)
Belmont Roughie - Race 3 No. 5 Success Play
While it's a typically competitive end of season two-year-old event, the quote available for this returning galloper is generous considering the promise he showed early, most notably via the Crystal Slipper debut last spring when motoring home for fourth.
A big and strapping son of Playing God, Success Play proved to be quite immature in two subsequent efforts which resulted in connections electing for the ultimate gear change, with the Neville Parnham-trained youngster returning as a gelding.
Although he's still learning the caper with some raw performances in recent trials, there was enough natural ability on display and Chris Parnham stays aboard from those hit outs, the latest being a second behind impressive Wednesday winner, Trix Of The Trade.
WAJA HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Belmont Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 5 Picture Perfect
This gelding never came up over two runs via a short summer campaign, but given plenty of time and following a June 28 trial win, produced a strong effort on return, rattling off clearly the quickest last 600m of that 1400m affair on July 17
Picture Perfect should've finished closer to The Spruiker on that occasion when diving through late from the rear, and while that runner is hard to knock at present being unbeaten from four runs this prep, the step up to the 1650m for the first time has to be query.
The extra 250m here goes a long way to helping this four-year-old bridge the gap, a son of Reset that is likely to improve again off this attempt as the distances increase, but on a testing surface, being able to run a strong 10 furlongs is an advantage.
AMELIA PARK HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Belmont Value Bet - Race 8 No. 2 Our Danni
Our Danni was starting to mature at the back-end of her summer campaign when bolting in on December 30 and was tough going back-to-back on January 2, racing three-wide throughout but prevailing despite the step up in grade,
She returned over the 1000m on July 17 and recorded the fastest last 600m of that event, where after being beaten for speed early then balancing up late, she found the line strongly and this Saturday, is back against her own age group.
Dia de La Raza franked that form with another victory last Saturday, while the smart 2kg claim of Laqdar Ramoly gives her good weight relief for the step up to 1200m here, a trip she's seemingly looking for as now a rising four-year-old.