Preview & Best Bets – Belmont Wednesday 05 July
Our form expert provides Belmont Park for today’s horse racing at Belmont Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 1 No. 4 BONJOY – ($3)
Clint Johnston-Porter takes some nice rides at Belmont Racecourse on Wednesday starting off with BONJOY in the first. This is a good race for the three-year-olds in which we think the small field may suit Bonjoy. She was an impressive winner first-up over 1200 metres here before tackling Listed Grade over this trip. She never featured after getting back in the Raconteur with Jason Miller then bringing her back to the 1200 metres in midweek grade. Bonjoy did finish close out late to be beaten by a close margin in a three-way go. That too was against a quality field of three-year-olds, and Bonjoy should enjoy getting back out to 1400 metres.
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Race 4 No. 2 PIN DEEP – ($5.25)
CJP takes another nice ride in one of the two-year-old races as he partners again with PIN DEEP. He has ridden this colt at all three of his race starts to date with Pin Deep ready to win at his fourth start. Not sure the pair will have the pace to cross If I Din Have A Dime who is drawn back to their inside. This allows Johnson-Porter a nice little bunny to follow into the race while first-starter Justabitapress endures a tricky gate from further out. That horse just mentioned has been trialling aplomb and is sure to be well-supported. Race fitness and experience counts for plenty though, and Pin Deep will find this a step back from his close finish to Red Square and Why Me over this track and trip last start.
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Race 6 No. 5 THE COOLAKIN KING – ($8)
Brett Pope finds himself a chance to pinch a race with THE COOLAKIN KING. His horse looks the only likely leader in a race otherwise devoid of pace. Brandon Louis claimed some weight off of The Coolakin Kin when leading all the way over 1100 metres here in a Class one on a heavy track. Pope then sent him out for a tough assignment second-up over this track and trip where he was no match for Desert Vixen and Co. The Coolakin King has yet to draw a gate this prep and we would expect to see Troy Turner fire him across from another outside alley. Pace without pressure is the key here for The Coolakin King who can get fired-up in running. He is fit, and should Turner just go with him and allow his horse to run, then they may just get the others out of their comfort zone.