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Best From The West – June 16

It is Hyperion Stakes day at Belmont and giving a G1 winner another shot to win this week.
Following an excellent effort coming from last in the Belmont Sprint, Pounamu can only be fitter and more suited in this G3 contest.
Second up last prep he was unlucky into sixth in the Railway and then won the G1 Kingston Town Classic and WFA Ted Van Heemst Stakes afterwards before just missing in the Perth Cup.
While he may even be better again next start, happy to think he is capable of running down a similar field to last time with the benefit of the added furlong.
The barrier is a help as well as he won’t be giving away too much ground at all.
Onto Race 8 where Final Salute is one to consider closely first
He got to a WA Derby just over 12 months ago and then ran some decent races in the Spring including a win on resumption.
Importantly he has an excellent record going first up and a track that won’t be too firm is perfect for him.
Thinking it is a race of chances but the William Pike get out punters may line
BEST FROM THE WEST
PLAY OF THE DAY (1): Race 6 #1 Pounamu @ $3.80
PLAY OF THE DAY (2): Race 8 #6 Final Salute @ $3.40

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