Our Finding An Edge At The Track series looks at some of Australia’s best racetracks and asks our pro punters for any tips when betting on them. Today, we check out Belmont Racecourse in Perth.
Belmont Racecourse – also known as Belmont Park – is one of two major racing venues in WA, with the other being Ascot. The venue is home to winter racing in Perth and has a track that is set up to deal with the wetter conditions.
Belmont Racecourse is located in an enviable position on the southern bank on the Swan River, very close to the Perth CBD and adjacent to the city’s major sporting venue, Optus Stadium. The location and transport links make the location attractive, with the racetrack set to feature at the heart of a major residential redevelopment.
Finding An Edge at Belmont Racecourse
Former Champion Bets analyst Mark Van Triet has been betting into WA racing for many years. We asked Mark for a few insights into the best way punters can approach betting at Belmont.
It is suggested that Belmont is one of the top wet weather tracks in the country. Is there any edge to be had under heavier conditions from a punting perspective?
At times the track can be hit with a lot of wet weather. This no doubt puts the track staff under enormous pressure to produce a safe racing surface. I am certain given the same conditions in the east they would have lose a lot more meetings than they do at Belmont.
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What sort of runner (pace wise) is most suited and why?
The straight is slightly longer at Belmont (333 metres) as opposed to Ascot (294 metres). This obviously gives more horses a chance back in the field. But as I said previously with wet weather and rail movements in some instances, this creates an on-pace rail bias. On most Saturdays,the track plays fair, but it can be a different scenario during the week.
Are there any jockeys or trainers that you really like at Belmont and why?
Adam Durrant, Grant and Alana Williams and Lindsey Smith are the trainers to watch. That’s mainly due to the fact that they have large teams and can target specific horses through the winter.
Belmont is mainly a winter track but are there any races/events that are best for betting?
The weight-for-age sprint races are great events during the winter.
What tips would you give for your average punter betting at Belmont?
Be very careful during the week, especially with a big rail movement. On Saturdays the track generally plays fair.