CROWN PERTH HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Belmont Value Bet - Race 4 No. 3 Phoneme
A very genuine galloper is Phoneme, an ex-Chris Waller runner that is now under the care of Michael Lane and he's been a good acquisition for the new yard, winning three races last year in the west along notching up numerous placings.
Working through some lower grades over few campaigns, the six-year-old did seem to get close his ceiling in many of those 72+ attempts and from a betting perspective, was too well found in a lot of them races behind the likes of Last Of The Line and That's Funny Az.
This is a much more winnable assignment now third-up and to a mile, dropping in grade after a fair effort albeit it a little one-paced second-up, but he was against some handy types and was going 1000m to 1400m off a taxing fresh run, so expecting improvement here.
MRS MAC'S HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Belmont Best Bet - Race 6 No. 6 La Farola
A younger stable mate to Phoneme and a much more progressive animal is this daughter of Deep Field, a mare that has put together a handy record in just the nine runs so far, recording three wins and three seconds along with accruing more than 200k in prizemoney.
La Farola won second-up over the 1400m last campaign at Ascot, following that up with a more dominant display over the mile on January 9 which resulted in a Listed tilt in February, getting home okay in a muddling affair, but the negative steer was costly.
A searching run against a fit and very handy Notorious One was the return performance, where the first two cleared out from the rest and on Saturday with Chris Parnham taking over, this looks a nice race for her, jumping from barrier three.
QUAYCLEAN HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Belmont Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Born To Try
Admittedly, this daughter of Blackfriars is becoming a little harder to place now with a rating of 75, but she simply doesn't run a bad race and over any distance at a mile or further, this mare warrants respect in anything she contests
Born To Try was effectively first-up on August 14 (around seven weeks between runs) following a 2200m attempt in June and in a leader dominated race a fortnight back, she was the only runner making impression from off the speed in that mile affair.
Although admittedly down in the weights two starts back, she's still defeated a Stakes winner in True Attraction over this trip, who won two of his next four starts after that in higher grade, with that form certainly standing out here versus a favourite that's coming out of a Class 3.
JOLLY BEGGAR STAKES Tips (Race 8)
Belmont Value Bet - Race 8 No. 1 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, he's got a great record, while with any luck via his last two outings, he easily could've prevailed in both.
Off another little spell, we certainly have to be mindful given the tactics that were adopted three starts back, however, here in a 100k race over arguably his pet trip and under a kinder weight scale, it would be a very strange move if they'd showed zero intent.