Belmont Classic 2012 – Preview and Tips

With only one black-type race occurring on the eastern side of the country this weekend, Perth’s Belmont meeting is likely to receive plenty of attention especially for the Listed $80,000 2012 Belmont Classic (2200m).

The best three-year-old stayers in the west will line up to chase Listed level success and currently battling for favouritism are last-start winners Rantorini ($2.40) and Operational ($2.60).

Nobody comes close to the talented pair as far as betting is concerned, with not one other runner in the 12-horse field falling under double figures.

The next best chance according to the bookies is Shoot For Glory ($11.00) who is coming off three consecutive place finishes and Confianza ($15.00) and Ready On Time ($18.00) are the only other runners to fall under $20.00.

Unsure where to put your punting money in this Perth feature? Keep reading as have provided our detailed analysis and tips for the stayer’s race.

The Winner

#2 Operational

The market suggests it will be a two-horse race but our analysis has Operational as the stand out contender this weekend.

A winner of three of eight starts, the Fred Kersley-trained filly was a dominant force in her first step up to 2000 metres earlier this month when winning the Dayana Plate by 2 1/2 lengths.

She ran the 2000 metres four seconds faster than nearest rival Rantorini who looks under the odds after only beating fillies in the Belmont Oaks last start.

There is little doubting Rantorini is a promising horse but Operational should improve again as the distance goes up and beat his female rival.

The Placings

#4 Confianza and #3 Shoot For Glory

Confianza has finished runner-up in his past two starts and finished off the 2000 metres well to trail Operational home in the Dayana Plate.

Looks tailor made for 2000 metres and with Jarrad Noske on board he is a great chance of finishing in the top three.

You might be able to knock Shoot For Glory for struggling to cross the line in front but you can’t knock his ability to get close.

The 2000 metres is no concern for the Bunbury-based gelding who has placed twice at the distance in his last two starts.

A very consistent horse who has only finished outside the top three once from his past six outings.

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