Despite coming up with a horror barrier for Saturday’s Belmont Guineas 2014 in WA, Adam Durrant’s flying filly Tick Tick Bloom has opened top of the odds for the three-year-olds’ clash.
Running as Belmont Race 7 at 3:50pm (local), this year’s $100,000 Listed Waroa Belmont Guineas (1600m) attracted a full field of 16 starters plus four emergencies.
Favourite of those in the latest Belmont Guineas odds is a rising star in Viscount filly Tick Tick Bloom at a current quote of $3.60.
Her short price in the markets are despite her having drawn the second widest barrier (19) so she’ll jump from 15 of 16 with William Pike in the saddle.
Pike, who had the option to ride several of the other top chances here, has been aboard the Lark Hill-based youngster for her four most recent starts for a trio of wins.
She comes off back-to-back victories over 1650m at the track and so has an imposing Belmont record and great ability over the mile that most of her rivals don’t.
The barrier will be the determining factor as she goes up in grade here however with Tick Tick Bloom not having had a run from double digits in her seven career starts so far.
The weight won’t be holding her back though as she gets in on a career low of 54.5kg.
While there’s a bumper field engaged for the Belmont feature this weekend, just one other Guineas hopeful is under $10 to win.
That is the rails-drawn Bayatorio who pays $7.50 to continue their excellent recent form.
Pike was aboard Brett Pope’s Oratorio gelding for their latest turf triumph when beating home Shilling, an $11 chance for Saturday, along with seven other subsequent Guineas acceptors in a 1400m handicap here on June 7.
A jockey change though sees Shaun O’Donnell who rode Shilling to second last start replace Pike, the duo to get the run of the race from the inside alley.
Having won three of their seven starts to date, and finishing second (3) or third (1) in all of their other runs, Bayatorio is ultra-consistent and only needs to handle the step up in distance and get another fairly slowly paced race here to win.
The next best in Belmont Guineas betting at $10 is then the early market mover Star Of Husson who won three on the trot before their last start fourth over 2200m at Belmont on May 31.
The winning streak of Grant Williams’ Husson filly started with back-to-back 1675m Bunbury victories and then saw them extend to 2100m to win at this track.
How she handles the drop back down from 2200m last time out to the mile again though will be crucial to her chances of returning to the winner’s stall.
Along with the aforementioned Shilling, the Stratum colt shooting for win number three at start number six here, the other galloper at $11 behind the single figure chances in the markets is then Proceedwithcaution.
The Darren Mcauliffe-trained Trade Fair gelding won over 1200m two back and come off a fourth to Bayatorio over 1400m from a fortnight ago when defeated under two lengths.
They’ll benefit from a more solid tempo here after catching the eye last start when jockey Jarrad Noske couldn’t keep them from charging throughout.
Other notable hopes in the top half of the markets then include Terror Force ($12) who Noske jumps aboard and who ran the fastest final 600m in their loss to Bayatorio last time out, another of Williams’ runners Arcadia Rose ($13) with a wide draw to overcome and Moonsearch ($14).
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