Skip to content
GO TO bet365 Sports
  1. Horse Racing

Australian Racing: Divine Flirt catches the eye at Belmont

There are five meetings set to take place on Wednesday with Canterbury topping the prize money list for their seven-race card.

Race 3 Canterbury

Sir Bailey @ 5.50

Race 5 Sandown Lakeside

Sirius Black @ 4.00

Race 4 Belmont Park

Divine Flirt @ 4.40

Sir to salute 

The third race on the Canterbury card is an intriguing 1900m Benchmark 72 handicap contest.

A soft 7 track is expected for the race with a field of 11 set to go to post headed by the Adam Hyeronimus-ridden The Milkybar Kid

The gelding took out a 1200m barrier trial on a good 4 track at Randwick at the end of June and has shown solid form at metro level in two starts since returning.

The most recent of those saw him beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths, in a similar race to this, over 1800m on a good 4 track at Randwick Kensington earlier this month.

However, he has to concede weight to his rivals, in addition to negotiating a wide alley and it can prove profitable to look elsewhere. 

While outclassed in the races in question it's of note that SIR BAILEY was asked to tackle both the Caulfield Guineas Prelude and the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas itself last October.

The pick has shown better form since returning in 2023, including when placing third in three of his five starts.

Interestingly two of those efforts have come on a sound surface, most recently when beaten just over half-a-length in a 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap at Warwick Farm.

The gelding had previously delivered a close up third over 1550m when racing at this Benchmark 72 level here on 26th July.

The extra distance should prove no issue here with the selection appearing to have no problem with the trip in the Group 2 Stakes over the Cox Plate track and trip last October.

Jockey Jason Collett, on board for the four-year-old's last two starts, is again in the saddle and he can steer Ciaron Maher & David Eustace's gelding to victory. 

Sirius for success 

The fifth race at Sandown Lakeside takes the eye with 10 declared for the 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap. 

Falcon Of Malta has been in good form of late and is expected to have his supporters following a fourth over 1715m at Geelong.

However, he has a wide alley to overcome and SIRIUS BLACK is the pick for the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace team. 

The selection showed solid form in France over 2000 to 2150m, including when fourth on the synthetic track at Lyon-la-Soie in October.

With that in mind it was no surprise to see connections start the gelding on the synthetic track at Pakenham last month.

The pick delivered a two-length second over 1600m that day and duly went one better when coming home four-lengths clear of his rivals at Warracknabeal subsequently.

That Warracknabeal effort came on a soft 5 track over 1600m and, tackling previous winners for the first time, John Allen's mount looks capable of completing a double. 

Flirt for Belmont victory

DIVINE FLIRT looks capable of registering her second victory of this spell in the fourth race on the Belmont Park card.

The race in question is a 1300m contest with the pick set to jump from next to the rail in the race set to be held on a soft 5 track.

The six-year-old delivered a half-length victory over 1200m on a soft 6 track here when making her return to action in early July.

Two second place finishes over this track and trip having followed including when beaten by a neck in similar conditions to this on 2nd August.

Jockey Brandon Louis takes the ride for the first time and he is selected to steer the daughter of Playing God to a fourth career win. 

Related Articles

bet365 uses cookies

We use cookies to deliver a better and more personalised service. For more information, see our Cookie Policy