Belmont Preview & Best Bets – Saturday June 10
Our form expert provides Belmont tips for today’s horse racing at Belmont Racecourse and gives his best bets.
Belmont Tips 10/06/2023
BEST BET 🏆
Race 9 No. 7 GINGER BAKER – ($6.25)
GINGER BAKER put a first-up defeat at the hands of Knot Secret behind him to reverse the tables two starts later. Brad Parnham had found the three wide trailing line to tow Knot Secret and Session’s Peak into the run. Knot Secret had his chance to overrun Ginger Baker into the straight only to find Parnham’s mount too strong. Ginger Baker proved his versatility at his next run with Parnham controlling the tempo as the pair led them up. Ginger Baker again pulled out plenty in the run to the line to hold Knot Secret and the others at bay. Ginger Baker has drawn for Parnham to find a handy position, and these two should prove hard to beat in the last.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 7 No. 7 QUEEN ALINA – ($5.50)
No doubt the Pearce brothers would have been happy with the return of QUEEN ALINA over 1400 metres at Belmont. She settled back in a quickly run race which was won by the visually impressive Catalpa. That winner is going places and did benefit from a 10/10 ride by William Pike who played Johnny-on-the-spot. As the leaders wilted, all was left for Pike to do was release the shackles on Catalpa. The only horse making meaningful ground was Queen Alina after being allowed to find her feet early. She was never going to catch the winner yet impressed with her own manner of closing. Queen Alina is lightly raced and is still well off in the benchmark ratings relative to ability. We had black booked Queen Alina off that run with the intention of following her through her classes while getting out to a trip. Pearce Racing, however, are taking a clever throw at the stumps for some black type as they catch some milers being stretched for distance.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 3 No. 4 MANAVENDRA – ($9.30)
Team Pearce have resisted the notion of placing a claiming apprentice aboard MANAVENDRA last start. This was despite the 4 kilo weight gap between him and the filly Antique Miss. They have the confidence to go with senior rider Chris Parnham and we were happy to back them in. The experience of Parnham was telling in getting Manavendra home over the well-tried Antique Miss. The horses to his inside had jumped too well for him so Parnham was forced to come back off them. He managed to keep Manavendra from over racing through the early stages of a muddling tempo. Parnham elected to come around them prior to straightening rather than being forced to sit/sprint under his weight. He cuddled Manavendra outside of Antique Miss well into the furlong with the race in his keeping. Manavendra ground away for a strong win and will appreciate a better race tempo in this.