Belmont Preview – 1 August

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7. INFLATION boasts the best last-start rating of the field and maps to either lead a moderate tempo or take a sit just off Nelson’s Flight.

8. SERENITY BAY is likely to be spotting a head start to Inflation from her outside gate.

6. CHESTEN FLYER raced prominently last time out and may take up a forward position again.

2. CRYSTAL SPIRIT ran very well first up off his 679-day absence.

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5. DARK MISSION resumed with a 1,200 metres win after failing over staying trips during the Autumn Ascot Racing Carnival.

2. REWRITE THE STARS has won two races in a row but only placed in this grade first up.

9. BORN TO TRY is yet to miss the top three and returns off two trial victories.

3. APOLLO has posted back-to-back seconds in this class, albeit over farther.

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7. MERVYN maps as getting the best possible run, leading what may be a modest tempo and carrying less weight than his key dangers.

5. FLOYD produces his best ratings fresh and he resumes off a trial win.

3. ESSENTIAL SPICE won the Beaufine Stakes but that was with five kilograms less on her back.

6. SARACINO is weighted to turn the tables on Essential Spice but he has not won for 1,232 days.

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10. SILKINIZE’s best numbers are over farther than 1,000 metres but he maps well and Cliffs Of Comfort has drawn the outside gate.

7. CLIFFS OF COMFORT has led all the way to win each of his three races.

8. MISSING PRO beat subsequent Saturday winner Pearls And Prawns last time out.

5. DANNY GEORGE made a good return but 1,000m and the inside barrier are not ideal for him.

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3. BOMBAY STYLE has won consecutive races over Saturday’s course and distance and the in-form gelding can make good use of gate one.

11. MONTELENA maps similarly to Bombay Style but she is proving expensive to follow.

12. OVERTHOUGHT has won two of her three races over 1,600 metres, including last time out.

6. FIRE MAKER drops in grade off several decent runs but maps poorly.

STAR BET

BELMONT RACE 6

5. DARK MISSION

VALUE BET

BELMONT RACE 5

7. INFLATION