The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - — Greg Splet­ter

Wil­liam Pike has an­other great set of rides at Bel­mont to­mor­row and the best of them looks to be in the last with

SAINT STEPHEN (R9 No. 10). He drew poorly start and missed the kick to boot, but still ral­lied to get very close to Supreme Force at the end of 1400m. The six-year-old has been a dif­fer­ent race­horse since pair­ing up with the state’s lead­ing hoop and from the per­fect gate they can go one bet­ter. Pike also part­ners first starter AR­CA­DIA QUEEN (R2 No. 8) for her first race start and she should kick off her ca­reer with a win in an ex­tremely weak field. She won a trial here back July and looks ready to pro­duce a big first-up run fol­low­ing her lat­est warm-up over 950m with Pike in the sad­dle. She is very well bred and doesn’t need to be much above av­er­age to beat these.

MYCROFT (R7 No. 6) has struck wet tracks at his two hitouts for Ross Price and back on top of the ground to­mor­row will go well. We’re fol­low­ing same Supreme Force form­line here and this bloke cer­tainly hit the line with enough gusto to sug­gest he is look­ing for this trip. Last time he got out this dis­tance range he was con­test­ing stakes races in car­ni­val time and is a likely im­prover third-up.

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