Belmont with host a nine-race card on Saturday afternoon with the track rated a Soft 6, with the rail out 8m the entire circuit. The Group 3 Hyperion Stakes is the feature event on Saturday worth $200,000. The HorseBetting.com.au Western Australian form analyst presents his best Belmont bets, quaddie numbers and odds comparison, with the first set to jump at 1:17pm AEST.
Hyperion Stakes Tips: Leading Girl
The Group 3 Hyperion Stakes is the featured event on Belmont’s nine-race card, and we expect the Grant and Alana Williams-trained Leading Girl to continue her winning form. Her first up run over the Belmont 1400m on May 29 showed she has come back in fine style as she brought up her third win from as many starts. She steps up to the 1600m second-up from a spell and with two wins a minor placing from three second-up runs she looks well placed here as she chases her first black-type win. Expect William Pike to take her to the rear of the field from barrier 11 and when asked for an effort we expect the Reliable Man mare to be storming down the centre of the track and prove too hard to hold out at around $4.50 with betting sites.
The Lindsey Smith-trained Born To Try looks a clear best bet on the program as we save our best bet for the last race of the day. Having been held up for a run when finishing second at Belmont on May 29 she looked to have been a good thing beaten. She steps up to the 2200m fourth-up from a spell and with William Pike hopping back on board she looks hard to beat. From barrier eight, we expect Pike to look for a spot one off the rails close to the speed and as long she does not get trapped three wide with no cover, we expect the Blackfriars mare to be too strong for this field in the final leg of the quaddie.
Daniel Morton saddles up Astrape who is yet to finish outside of the top four in her five career starts, which includes four minor placings. She needs a fair bit to go her way, as she tends to get back and run on in her races. Over the 1400m, we expect it to be a genuinely run event and should suit backmarkers such as Astrape. She was trapped three wide with no cover over the Belmont 1200m back on May 26 and considering she only got beat by under two lengths she looks the one to be with here on Saturday. Expect Chris Parnham to have her settled close to last and in the small field she should be too strong for the field late on in the piece and bring up a deserved maiden win.