Scott Embry’s Saturday Belmont Preview


ANCIENT REMEDY was hitting the line well enough last start to suggest that up to a mile she would be a definite eachway hope in a wide open maiden race. She is relatively lightly raced and from the gate Paul Harvey can position up forward of midfield with cover and let her down at the right time. FLOAT OUR BOAT was solid first-up and better second-up. Blinkers on first time can see him further improve. I HOPE YOU DANCE has been knocking on the door all preparation but she is now at her 12th start of the campaign and seems to continue to find one slightly better than her. DOMINEER caught the eye last start.

Numbers: 12 – 3 – 8 – 13



CHARLETON EDDIE was the target of incredible amounts of money at Ascot last start at the extreme shorts when he was plunged from $1.32 into $1.18 with over $800k traded on him on the exchange alone. Goes up to 60.5kg and steps to 1300 but has been one of the most impressive juveniles we have seen to date. POWERFUL hit the line really well on debut and should chase hard here. ROCK HARD OMARU was stiff not to finish in the money on debut and should enjoy a nice run. CROWN OF FLOWERS was the target of support last Saturday when she was crossed and didn’t flatter. Forgive and respect the money.

Numbers: 1 – 3 – 6 – 7



RESORTMAN will have a lot of eyes on him as he attempts to keep his undefeated record intact. Could not have been more impressive at trials and then took it straight to race day when he bullocked his way clear at the furlong and was able to sprint past them impressively. Should only improve out to 1400m and will be winding up down the middle. FUHRER is no slouch and will have a big map advantage in the run. Could well be four lengths in front of Resortman at the top of the straight and that makes things interesting. STELLA DOOR is an unknown at the distance but enjoys a nice run on speed. IRRITABLE RODNEE is still working things out and seemed to run his race in patches last start.

Numbers: 3 – 2 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bet – RESORTMAN WIN


UTGARD LOKI should continue on his merry way through the grades. Lead and was able to walk them in the Eurythmic Stakes when winning and this race looks even more suitable for him to stalk the speed behind Fair Sonari and Proxy and then sprint to victory. He looks a Justin Warwick stayer who will progress through to a Hyperion Stakes where we will get to see just how good he is. RED ARMY is a William Pike horse and he should follow Noir De Rue’s every move. NOIR DE RUE was brave last start but clearly doesn’t have the same level of ability as his stablemate. Another 1.5kg helps but the gate hurts. FREEZEMOFF likely settles last and it will take a big PB to win from there.

Numbers: 5 – 1 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bet – UTGARD LOKI WIN


VINTAGE STOCK had to carry 61kg last start in midweek grade but did it well. Once she hits form she usually holds it and if she can leave the gates cleanly then Patrick Carbery should have her in a nice position midfield locked away. No reason she can’t record back to back wins. PETTICOAT JUNCTION is rapidly emerging through the staying grades. She was a little hit and miss early in the campaign and clearly has a few quirks (likes to buck) but she is starting to furnish into a staying filly with a turn of acceleration. WESTERN KING finds a new home and falls into a winnable Saturday race. BARAMAGIC is hard to catch but was super last start.

Numbers: 9 – 16 – 8 – 10



SHOWMANSHIP is another big X-Factor horse (much like Resortman) who will bring attention to the Belmont Park circuit. His debut win over Lipstick Flickers was brilliant and then when backed from $4.8 into $1.8 at his next start he was probably a good thing beat behind Samizdat, Essential Spice and Fred Dag. That race has produced 14 individual wins and 16 placings. Great to see him back at the races and strikes a winnable race. PLATINUM BULLET is no slouch and the form behind Resortman is as good as it gets in 3 year old company. The longer straight at Belmont sure to suit her and she just needs an ounce of luck from the gate to play a part. ALTANI is just over a month between runs and has bars on which are two huge red flags but her form since joining Tiarnna Robertson is undeniable. GLASGOW GIRL really caught the eye first-up.

Numbers: 13 – 10 – 8 – 4



BLACK DUCATI could not have been more impressive last start when running third. She was caught deep from a horrible draw and had to work a long way from home before charging through the line. Even better suited at 1400m and from the gate Chris Parnham will have her perfectly positioned behind the speed. MOSCHARD has a huge turn of foot which always makes him a winning chance when drawn a soft gate. Super win last start but Pateman has big shoes to fill. MEGAZONE was plain last start when looming and peaking on the run. Back to 1400, back to Belmont he will be forgotten by the market and can win. MASSIMO is a classy 3 year old but is set a serious task from the gate.

Numbers: 11 – 2 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bet – BLACK DUCATI WIN


POWER OF ST GEORGE could well find himself last in the field of 16. From a punting perspective it is going to be a question of what is the right price to get involved in a horse who will need to likely run past 15 other rivals. No doubt he is the best horse in the race and progressive as they come but he will need conditions to suit and a 10/10 ride. PEPPIJACK should slide across from the wide gate and if Jade McNaught can find him a position he can run a big race at a price. MAGNIFORCE draws the inside and on his day can produce some big sections. Jumping and running he is the blow out. INDIAN CHANT is E2 and unlikely to gain a start. But if he does he is a live hope.

Numbers: 7 – 6 – 9 – 18



SLICED BREAD is bursting to win a race and this looks one of the more suitable races he has been in this preparation. Looks to be enough speed for him to get across into the moving line and if he reproduces his first-up, second-up or last start efforts he is in the mix. LOCOMOTIVE was a late scratching last start but his most recent race was in a hot 72+ where he was far from disgraced. INDIAN CHANT drops 5kg and steps to a mile. He is a new horse under Peter Fernie. BRITISH BESSY was awesome first-up and just as good second-up. The only query is third up back to a mile and drawn the outside. She is flying.

Numbers: 3 – 4 – 8 – 2


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