SCHWEPPES HANDICAP Tips (Race 2)
Belmont Best Bet - Race 2 No. 2 Kaptain Kaos
This four-year-old is putting together a super record, with five wins and three placings recorded from nine starts overall, with all of those victories having come over two preparations this year, going back-to-back to start this campaign.
Over 1200m and jumping from a wide gate, the market didn't want anything to do with him first-up ($3.60-$5.50), but he defied that drift as was the case second-up ($2.35-$2.70) where he had plenty of ground to make up and stormed home to score once again.
Kaptain Kaos has defeated his main two threats in the market already this campaign (Zephyr Queen, Rebel Knight) and has more upside than both of those runners, so from a low draw under Chris Parnham, he's perfectly placed to record a winning hat-trick here.
HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY ROSIE HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Belmont Next Best Bet - Race 5 No. 6 La Farola
Following a searching first-up run against a fit and handy Notorious One (should've won a stakes race last week) where that pair cleared out from the rest of their rivals, this mare was sent out as a well-supported favourite second-up as a result.
Although the mare visually was disappointing, that September 4 program was favouring those runners working home via the inside few lanes, so there were some excuses for La Farola out wider, who also did appear flat off that testing fresh effort and still wasn't beaten far.
The daughter of Deep Field bolted into score third-up last campaign at the mile, a trip she now gets to and is up against a similar field to the one she faced a fortnight ago, except you're getting $3.80 here instead of $2.20 then, making her worthy of another look.
NICOPOLIS STAKES Tips (Race 7)
Belmont Feature Bet - Race 7 No. 7 Charleton Eddie
This five-year-old didn't handle a Heavy 10 fresh and second-up on September 4 in the Jolly Beggar Stakes, arguably should've won as he was held-up until the 100m and working home in a tight passage from there, was only beaten half a length.
Charleton Eddie meets up with that winner Iseered Iseered in the Nicipolis Stakesm, with the former being much better suited going from 1000m to 1200m, as the five-furlong dashes don't allow him to balance up earlier (his last two wins have come over 1200-1300m).
The son of Shooting To Win also meets the market elect 1.5kg better off at the weights from that recent clash and with Iseered Iseered unplaced in both 1200m outings to date, there's plenty pointing towards this gelding turning the tables on Saturday.
ASCOT RACING CARNIVAL HANDICAP Tips (Race 9)
Belmont Value Bet - Race 9 No. 8 Solid Azza
The main and obvious knock is that her pet trip does seem to be 1200m given three of her four career wins have come over that trip, although she has taken a closer position when prevailing at 1100m, while the September 4 was outstanding over 1000m.
At 33.66, she has recorded the fastest last 600m of the whole program, resuming off a decent spell and the overall time of that stacked up well for the card (about four lengths faster than the Jolly Beggar Stakes), so it should be a good form race going forward.
A lightly raced six-year-old, Solid Azza was eased back early from a wide draw via that first-up tilt, so if they can land at least a few pairs closer in the run here from gate one, she has to be a chance off that return performance, with another strong speed predicted.