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Brilliant Group 1 winning Playing God filly Kay Cee dominates Belmont Guineas 2020 betting in W.A. this weekend as she looks for another feature race win at the Belmont track second-up.
Already a million-dollar earner from her nine starts, Neville Parnham’s five-time winner boasts three victories from four previous runs at the course ahead of Saturday’s Listed $100,000 Waroa-Belmont Guineas (1600m).
Continuing the Black-Type action of the Perth Winter Racing Carnival, this season’s Belmont Guineas field attracted just seven three-year-olds.
Drawn barrier six with Steven Parnham continuing his association, Kay Cee was last seen resuming off a six-month break to narrowly win the Listed Raconteur Stakes (1400m) at the track on June 6.
That was her first start since defeating the older gallopers last December at Ascot in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) and followed on from two Belmont trial wins to bring her on fitness-wise.
She presents fitter second-up for the Belmont Guineas and understandably is the three-year-old to beat in the set weights clash sitting top of the markets at $1.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au as she drops back from 57kg to 54.5kg.
Parnham confirmed to Racenet this week that Kay Cee would be considered for a run third-up in the Listed $100,000 Belmont Oaks (2000m) on July 4 following Saturday’s race and that the long-term focus was on a title defence in the 2020 Kingston Town Classic on December 5.
“It’s all a bit up in the air at this stage,” the trainer said of the potential upcoming Spring Group 1 targets for the filly.
“The owner wants to go to the Belmont Oaks next over the 2000m but it depends on what we want to do going forward.
“We would like to set her for the Railway Stakes and Kingston Town Classic, the race she won last year.
“There is nothing pencilled in for her but we are quite aware that there is a race like the Golden Eagle for four-year-olds. I would say it’s unlikely but never say never.
“If she was to make an appearance over there it would more than likely be at Flemington and it would be a cameo appearance.”
The $7.5 million Golden Eagle runs at Rosehill on October 31 and Kay Cee, but for now Parnham is focused on Saturday’s race.
“She is going very well,” he said.
“She has come on from her first-up victory which one would probably expect and she has had a good grounding. I am not concerned about going into a mile race second-up.
“Over 1400m she put in a good performance from the back of the field and I can see her settling in a similar position because there it is only a small field and she has drawn in barrier six.”
The danger in Belmont Guineas betting at $3 to upset the top elect is the ultra-consistent Sean & Jake Casey-trained Toronado gelding Laverrod from Bullsbrook.
After back-to-back Ascot wins, the up-and-comer was last seen rising in class for his close second to Kay Cee in the Raconteur as the beaten odds-on favourite and he is out to turn the tables on the filly in the rematch on Saturday.
Rounding out the hopes at single-figure Belmont Guineas odds this winter at $8 is the early market mover Karijini Aurora drawn barrier seven with the ‘Wizard of the West’ William Pike to ride.
Pike chases his fifth Belmont Guineas win this season and his third on the trot having recently ridden the Grant & Alana Williams-trained winners State Prosecutor (2018) and Mystery Miss (2019) to victory.
This year it is Port Kennedy trainer Miss Summer Dickson he is out to claim the win for, Dickson saddling-up her Trade Fair filly Karijini Aurora in the race on the back of an eye-catching third in the Raconteur at blowout odds (40/1).
2020 Belmont Guineas Field & Barriers
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