Race 1 on the card at Belmont on Wednesday is a perfect opportunity to kick off the meeting on a strong winning note with a fiar bit of value attached.
Overall this race lacks depth and it is the lightly raced improvers who hold the key to how this race will play out. Two runners that fit the profile we are looking for here are No Place To Hide which can be backed as a 7.50 / 2.50 chance and No Demerit which is the big value contender in the race offered up at 23.00 / 6.00 which is big overs considering we have it as the top rated contender.
NO DEMERIT is the top rated contender here despite being such a big price, that merely adds to the value around this race, comes into this on the back of a good trial 2nd to Price Hal beaten 0.5l with a big margin back to 3rd, also won a trial prior to debut impressively, total forgive run on debut when sent around a 4.80 into 3.80 fav in betting, deceivingly well bred type by Demerit out of a Numerous Times mare, drawn to secure one of the runs of the race, ticks a fair few boxes for a 23.00 / 6.00 chance.
NO PLACE TO HIDE looked to come on significantly last start when a hard closing 4th to Oliver’s Travels in a much stronger race on paper than it takes on here, good scope for more fitter now 2nd up from a spell, drawn out wide but will get back a bit and be ridden for luck, if it gets a decent trip it will be closing hardest and deep stretch and prove overly hard to hold out at the good odds of 7.50 / 2.50.