Stakes racing adds some excitement to the action in the west this Saturday with the Group 3 2013 Belmont Sprint (1400m) set to take place.
Heading Belmont Sprint betting is Ranger who is coming off a strong second in the Roma Cup. The six-year-old is rated a $2.90 chance but will have to break a winning drought that is approaching 19 months.
Second in the market at $3.80 is topweight Playing God who has been asked to carry 60kg. The five-year-old entire hasn’t won since the 2011 Kingston Town Classic but ran home strongly for third in the Roma Cup.
The only other runner under double figures is six-year-old gelding Kerrific ($8.50) but he will have to bounce back from a fifth-place Roma Cup finish.
Prior to the Roma Cup the son of Blackfriars was in good form, winning the Listed Grandstand Cup and finishing second in the Pinjarra Classic.
At a big price of $15 is Dan Morton-trained gelding Zester. The Ascot-based trainer thinks his charge is suited to the handicap conditions with just 55kg and is confident he races best fresh.
“He races best when fresh and he is in good nick. If he gets an easy run in transit over the 1400m he will run home strong at the end,” Morton said.
Also at $15 is Jim Taylor’s sprinter Waratah’s Secret who is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Belmont Sprint.
Waratah’s Secret hasn’t won since October 2011 but is a big-race regular in Perth and was second to Power Princess in the Scahill Stakes in December.
Others in the Belmont Sprint market include Amelias Dancer ($14), Belora ($15) and Global Flirt ($19).