There wasn’t much to cheer about for the battle scarred punter today at Belmont, following another frightening string of upset results.

Belted from “pillar to post” – punters had well and truly reinvested their returns from the opening race, which had seen Magnifisio ($1.90 fav) lead all the way in the Westspeed HCP 1200m. They would have to wait until race six to collect again, as arguably the “best of the day” Galaxy Prince ($2.80 fav) finally posted a victory in winning the HCP 2000m.

Premiership jockey William Pike had a smart book of rides, but it would be his efforts aboard the More Than Ready 4yo that would secure his only salute for the day. The spritely tempo set by the early leaders set up proceedings for the back-makers – Pike releasing Galaxy Prince from eighth at the top of the straight to storm to line, outlasting the fast finishing Monumental ($4.80) by a long neck.

Narrow winning margins littered the Belmont card, as the blood pressure of punters was put to the test. Young apprentice hoop Jerry Noske produced the ride of the day aboard Sky Magic ($14.00) in the HCP 1200m – coming from last to snare a nose victory. In the very next race – the HCP 1200m – silk Mitchell Pateman near replicated the feat when piloting Virtual Trader ($6.00) from eighth on the turn to grab the leader Maamaa ($4.40 fav) on the line by a mere head.

Troy Turner got the best out of Black Tycoon ($9.50) to claim a breathtaking short neck victory in the Group 3 WFA Hyperion Stakes 1200m, while Jordan Mallyon scrambled the evergreen The Corporation ($31.00) to the line in the HCP 1300m for a surprise long neck triumph.

It was Mallyon’s second return in the saddle for the day, having earlier success aboard Get Fath ($17.00) in the Westspeed Nursery HCP 1200m, while fellow jockey Turner also found a riding double on the card when getting the best out of Pininci ($10.00) to win the Sprint 1000m by a length. 

The Hoops / Trainers

Despite the trainers sharing the spoils, Grant Williams prepared Galaxy Prince and Monumental who finished one/two in the HCP 2000m, while Trevor Andrew has a similar result with The Corporation and Sweet Serenity running the quinella in the HCP 1300m. Jockeys Troy Turner and Jordan Mallyon both scored a riding double.

The Tipsters

Blackie remortgaged the house with his best bet Galaxy Prince ($2.80 fav) winning a tight one, while his “maddie” Festival Star ($21.20 / $5.10) flooded home for third in the third. A small trifecta in the opener ($36.80) and another in the sixth ($193.70) propped up the bank balance.

On the east coast, Shane had a day out – with best bet Said Com ($3.80) and Sessions ($2.30 fav) winning at Rosehill, while declaring Spacecraft ($13.00) and Mr O’Ceirin ($3.40 fav) at Mooney Valley.

The Black Book

Not A Single Drop came from last to run a promising third in the opener, while Festival Star and Iconoclast both suggested a win was not too far away when doing their best work late in their respective races.

Chris Blackwell