Prominent owner-breeder Bob Peters has a number of top prospects at Belmont on Saturday, but it will be a Sebring gelding making his debut that will command a large share of his attention.
Superstorm is the latest of Peters’ three-year-olds to be unveiled this season, heading to the Tabtouch-Better Your Bet Plate (1300m) following a smart 950m trial win.
“He is coming up against some nice fillies who have already raced and won races,” Peters told Tabradio.
“He is first-up over 1300m on a wet track, but he will tell us tomorrow (Saturday) where he is.
“So far he has done everything we have asked of him and he is a nice horse.
“It looks a strong field and if he can win he is going very well.
“He is one of our better ones.”
After opening at $3 Superstorm has been backed into $2.10 Tabtouch favouritism.
He will come into barrier one with the scratching of Censure and will be ridden by William Pike.
Zaratite heads into the Apprentices’ Cup in striking form with impressive wins at his past three starts.
Peters is confident the son of Animal Kingdom can extend his winning campaign.
“He is coming to the end of his campaign now, this might be it or we might get one more,” Peters said.
“It’s another step forward, he is jumping to 2200m and is on a wet track again which seems to suit him.
“I hope that he can still show us that he can keep going forward.
“He looks like he should be finishing in the first three.”
Zaratite boasts a terrific record of four wins and two seconds from seven starts. The gelding will be ridden by last season’s champion apprentice, Brodie Kirby and has drawn barrier 13.
Zaratite is the $2.50 favourite.
Stageman (R4), Final Hearing (R6) and Festival Miss (R9) also look to have sound claims, according to Peters.
Stageman is the $2.25 market elect to make it a winning hat trick after a six week break between runs.
Final Hearing ran a disappointing fourth when first up, but is capable of bouncing back.
Festival Miss will appreciate going back to 1400m after trailing the field behind Essential Spice over 1000m last-start.
Final Hearing and Festival Miss are $5 and $6 respectively.