FREE ENTRY TO BELMONT PARK MAIDEN Tips (Race 2)
Belmont Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 3 Hoover
Given plenty of time to mature and fill out into his large frame, this four-year-old had worked well in two lead-up trials, looked after in the last of those hit outs and did look forward enough to breakthrough fresh at Northam on September 2.
From start to finish, that performance from Hoover was an absolute mess where after they were far too negative early, he was laying-in badly after spotting them too much ground and still from impossible position, has got home well for second when finally balancing up.
Stepping straight from the 1100m to 1400m on a nine-day turnaround signals intent from trainer Stephen Miller and from barrier eight with Brad Parnham taking the ride, we want to see them more positive on the big son of All American and at least put him into the race.
ASCEND SALES TROPHIES HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Belmont Value Bet - Race 5 No. 1 Don's Legacy
Being such a lightly raced six-year-old with just 16 starts to his name, this gelding has clearly had some problems over the journey, however, was competitive in stronger races as recent as last prep which followed a winter campaign of two wins from four outings.
The first-up run back in January looked much too bad to be true and the post-race report revealed an elevated heart rate for Don's Legacy, so there were definite excuses and he bounced off that strongly with a fighting third behind Resortman and Weaponson.
That Ducimus Crown event on February 6 was a far stronger race to what he faces this Saturday and a repeat of that effort would this, while he was not knocked about late in an August 23 trial where the blinkers were off, but they go back on for race day.
HAHN SUPERDRY - FARNLEY STAKES Tips (Race 7)
Belmont Best Bet - Race 7 No. 7 Notorious One
The Notorious One and Clint Johnston-Porter combination is unbeaten from three outings, with the quirky galloper doing so much more right during his races under Johnston-Porter, hence it's so important to respect a strong horse/jockey affiliation.
In what is certainly a different challenge now getting to listed level, we will get a better gauge him here, although even when he was running around like a drunken sailor at times not all that long ago, I always felt he was stakes class if the Gangemi's could iron out his flaws.
Now he's able to settle, take a gap and sprint when needed, we are seeing this son of Animal Kingdom really start to mature as a racehorse now and hard fit while finding himself back on the 54kg minimum for this class rise, I'm keen to see him once again.
SCHWEPPES HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Belmont Favourite - Race 8 No. 3 Downforce
Now hard fit with three winter runs under his belt and with the last two of those attempts coming over 1400m, this honest five-year-old won't find a better set-up than this, now stepping down in grade and drawing kinder for jockey Steven Parnham.
He is on the seven-day turnaround after working home well behind Fangio and No Apology last Saturday, with the first two home enjoying much softer runs in transit compared to this gelding, who was forced to circle the whole field off a muddling tempo.
Temptacion is the best horse in the field, but she does stay at 1400m which is a knock and although had the 61.5kg to lump fresh, she was only fair in an ordinary race, so with the best flatform and jumping from gate four, Downforce gets every chance here.