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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The weight-for-age sprint races are great events during the winter.
Be very careful during the week, especially with a big rail movement. On Saturdays the track generally plays fair.