New season sprint, Belmont
  • Saturday’s Belmont New Season Sprint to be contested by a very experienced field
  • Speed map, rated market, runner comments from pro punter Cameron O’Brien

The highest quality race of the day this week at Belmont is New Season Sprint, a $100,000 1000m open sprint race. It might be called the New Season but that’s all that’s new about it, in some ways! The average age of the runners is seven years old, half of the field are eight years old or older, and the youngest horse is a five-year-old! So, silver linings, they have plenty of exposed form!

Speed Map

SARACINO (10) and REBEL KING (2) can get the best time of it in front, and I don’t think it’ll be overly fast run. I think DISPOSITION (2) will be wide initially but will find a spot in if Turner goes forward or back.

Rated Market

At the prices they are, I want to be on both DAM READY (5) and SARACINO (10). Both are double figure odds and both are solid winning hopes for mine. Saracino will get an ideal run on pace and is hitting form this prep, he was good last start when wide and will be better for it. He’s “only” a six-year-old so compared to some of his rivals he has upside!

Dam Ready will go back in the field but he was racing well earlier in the year, is off a short spell and trialled up OK for this. Definitely can win if right and is over the odds.

Runner Comments

REBEL KING (1) is an eight-year-old now and hasn’t much in two runs back. He went well at Ascot once earlier this year but mixes his form a lot. However, he did since win a trial in good time. Hard to mark.

DISPOSITION (2) is also an eight-year-old, resuming off a fair trial. He’s had a pretty long break, I’d want to see something.

PROFIT STREET (3) is another eight-year-old and is first-up. He won a trial in just fair time, but has Pike on and has gone well fresh.

LOCKROY (4) is yet another eight-year-old attempting to recapture old form. He was pretty good first-up but has had six weeks off since and drops back in trip. He has raced well at 1000m before though.

DAM READY (5) raced well last prep at Ascot and had a couple of trials for this. Query is how he’s going at the moment.

COULEUR BIZARRE (6) is a seven-year-old stayer resuming after 482 days. This will be too sharp

DON’T FUSS (7) is racing very consistently, but he needs more than what he’s been doing lately. He’s done 104 in all his three wins this prep, and in six of his runs this prep in total, but as a six-year-old now I think that’s his top.

HOW TO FLY (8) will be fitter for three runs back, but she needs a big jump up for this.

MAD BRAD (9) is a nine-year-old who went well resuming before having no luck second up. Needs a lot for this though.

SARACINO (10) is a solid chance and showing some form now in the west. Good effort last time when wide and maps to get the right run here. Gets his chance to peak.

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