The 2015 Belmont Sprint is a 1400m Group 3 race held annually at Perth’s Belmont Racecourse. Open to horses two years old and upwards, the Belmont Sprint attracts a varied field each year. With a total prize pool of $125,000, the Belmont Sprint is the highest-paying race on Belmont Sprint Day. As a Group 3 race, it is also the only black-type event on the race card. Of the $125,000 purse, just over $80,000 goes to the winner, making this a very lucrative race for the horse that crosses the line first.
Perth’s Belmont Racecourse is one of the most picturesque in the nation, located on the Swan River with the Perth CBD just on the other side. It is one of two major racecourses in the region, with the other being Ascot Racecourse, slightly further away from the CBD and nearer to the city.
Many horses who compete in the Belmont Sprint previously competed in the Roma Cup, a sprint event held at the same track a fortnight prior. In 2012, Luckygray won both the Roma Cup and the Belmont Sprint, a popular betting double. The Belmont Sprint provides a good indication as to the form of the horses that will likely stay on to compete in later summer races in Perth.
The 2015 Belmont Sprint will be part of Belmont Sprint Day on Saturday May 30th.
|Race Type:||2YO+ Quality|
2015 Belmont Sprint Field
The 2015 Belmont Sprint nominations is published here.
|1||604125x4x1||LUCKYGRAY||Trevor Andrews||Shaun O’Donnell||3||59kg|
|2||22x9780x47||RANGER||Adam Durrant||Joseph Azzopardi (a)||1||59kg|
|3||1341224×25||SHINING KNIGHT||Grant Williams||Peter Hall||8||59kg|
|4||x4327036x6||RESPONDENT||Adam Durrant||Ben Paterson||7||59kg|
|5||2611152312||DAWN APPROACH||Vaughn Sigley||Takahide Ikenushi||6||59kg|
|6||769516630x||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||Neville Parnham||Paul Harvey||2||59kg|
|7||1056×71511||BROTHER PATRICK||Justin Warwick||Ms Lucy Warwick (a)||4||59kg|
|8||14x312027x||BALMONT GIRL||Paula Wagg||Patrick Carbery||9||57kg|
|9||14x21255x3||FUCHSIA BANDANA||Darren Mcauliffe||Ben Kennedy||5||57kg|
Belmont Sprint History
The inaugural running of the Belmont Sprint was in 1963, when it was held as a Principal Race. In 1980 the Belmont Sprint’s classification was change to Group 3, where it has remained since.
2015 Belmont Sprint Nominations
|1||769516630x||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||G||5||Neville Parnham||59kg|
|2||1056×71511||BROTHER PATRICK||G||8||Justin Warwick||59kg|
|3||2611152312||DAWN APPROACH||G||4||Vaughn Sigley||59kg|
|7||1341224×25||SHINING KNIGHT||G||6||Grant Williams||59kg|
|9||14x312027x||BALMONT GIRL||M||4||Paula Wagg||57kg|
|10||14x21255x3||FUCHSIA BANDANA||M||4||Darren Mcauliffe||57kg|
The Belmont Sprint is often targeted by trainers as part of a long Perth racing campaign. It follows on two weeks after the Roma Cup (1200m) and leads on to later races at Perth’s two major racecourses. Although it is only a Group 3 race, the Belmont Sprint has acquired prestige well in excess of its status were it on the Eastern seaboard. The Belmont Sprint is awaited with some anticipation by race fans and is considered one of the better races to watch in Perth.
Notable winners of the Belmont Sprint include Luckygray (2012), and Grand Nirvana (2010, ’11).
Belmont Sprint Results
Belmont Sprint results since 2000 are listed below.
|2nd||King Kool Kat|
|1st||Beat The Storm||1:23.1|
|1st||Let Go Thommo||1:23.7|
|1st||Who Did It||1:27.2|
|1st||Dark ‘n’ Dangerous||1:24.7|
|2nd||Prince Of Pop|