Rogers confident for Belmont bid

19 June 2021 01:13:41 GMTPlus10

Roy Rogers is confident that Dark Assault can make an impact in Saturday’s Listed Belmont Guineas and should not be overlooked for the mile feature at Belmont Park.

Dark Assault is priced as a 15.00 chance, with the bulk of pre-race attention focused on Colin Webster's in-form gelding, Billy Ain't Silly (2.10).

Billy Ain't Silly has won four races this campaign and ran second two weeks ago behind Graceful Girl in the Listed Raconteur Stakes, a seven-furlong prep for the main event.

But Rogers believes Dark Assault has more to offer and insists his gelding won't be playing a supporting role.

"His last run (you can) rule a line through it as he got fired up early in traffic and went to the inside which was probably unsuitable on the day," Rogers said.

"He should have gone to the outside, but he has pulled up really well and had excuses. He only has to reproduce his run from two starts back and I think he is right in it.

"This is his final run this campaign and hopefully he can bow out on a winning note."

Dark Assault has won three of 18 starts, but despite his wins being achieved at distances from 1230 metres to 1400 metres, Rogers is not concerned about the mile trip this time.

"I have no doubts he will run out a strong mile. He got home really well over the 1400 metres and ran second over 1500 metres.

"There's plenty of speed in the race and he should float back and have the last crack at them. Hopefully Willie (Pike) can weave a bit of magic," Rogers added.

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