Belmont Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday, February 1

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Our form expert provides Belmont tips for today’s horse racing at Ascot and gives his best bets.  

Belmont Tips 01/02/2023


Race 1 No. 2 SPIRIT MAN – ($2.80)

The first on the card seems a race in two between SPIRIT MAN and Divine Inanna. The pair met over this track and trip a fortnight ago with Spirit Man getting the cash by nearly a length margin. The weights go up for both horses with Divine Inanna meeting her conqueror 1kg better off for the rematch. Horse vs horse, we see no reason Spirit Man doesn’t just deliver more of the same. Patrick Carbery stalked the other into the run before coming out to meet her into the straight. He was coming away from her on the line and should find a similar run in transit for Carbery again.



Race 7 No. 5 CANDLELIGHT SUPPER – ($6) 

The good early speed should suit CANDLELIGHT SUPPER who tends to get back and run on when the race is all over. She draws in three here which may suggest Patrick Carbery rides for luck through the early stages. He gave her a nice run over this trip at Pinjarra at latest when he managed to weave a path for her into the straight. Candlelight Supper may have got to them a bit early with the swoopers setting upon them late. They ran record time with the mare beaten less than a length on the line. Candlelight Supper has proven to be somewhat of a specialist here with both her wins coming over this track and distance.



Race 4 No. 1 KIA ORA JEWEL – ($10)  

We would expect that KIA ORA JEWEL would already be looking for further than the seven furlongs Sharon Miller keeps him to at Belmont. Thought he did enough on resuming to warrant following this prep. Forced to track wide now cover throughout with Alan Kennedy edging into the race on the turn. Kia Ora Jewel seemed to hit a flat spot-on straightening only to come on again late. Miller had him racing over 1400 metres first-up when last in work too, which he followed with an eye-catching run over 1300m. There’s no real speed here which may enable Taj Dyson to have him closer in running. Does look on paper to follow Starchienne into the race which would be ideal.