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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Thursday, May 25

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Best Bet: RUMBLE DOLL (8)

Best Value: KITTY MADDNES (5)

FIRST: Goodbye Brockley logged solid final fraction in dirt debut and should be aided by switch to sod. Girl’s Night displayed speed in first start and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Orbolution is from a dam that’s thrown a turf winner; must be considered.

SECOND: Katie Ice drops after logging career-best pace figure in last; forward move predicted. Lady Chocolotta was a hard-charging winner in last; razor sharp and very dangerous. Missy Mouse owns fast numbers but has been sidelined since July; demand value.

THIRD: River Deep showed improved speed in last and should have more to give in second start since five-month layoff. Presidential Bird was a game second in last and makes first start since claimed by Robertino Diodoro; very dangerous. Killybegs Captain exits clear-cut placing in last; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Galway Girl was a strong second with this course and distance last fall; call based on price in wide-open turf dash. Sneaky Fudge Face came up short at crunch time when making first start since November last out; duly tightened and very playable. Zenna is speedy and training with a purpose; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Kitty Maddnes packs potent kick on best efforts and compiled tight work tab for first start in six months; primed and ready. Nile Princess runs late and could impact at fat ticket if fractions get fast and furious. Forres Lily was a determined winner in the slop last time and could transfer sharp form to grass; don’t ignore.

SIXTH: Vicki’s Dancer made middle move and hit the wall in the lane last time; more in the tank in second start since 11-month layoff. Chow Fun packs potent late kick but has been on the bench for more than a year; must take the good with the bad. Reckless Humor made very wide move on the turn when a willing second last time; must be factored into the mix.

SEVENTH: Praetereo gets confident price boost after determined win in last; pairs up victories. Indycott is fresh and owns fast numbers on “A” efforts. Are We Not Men has won four of last five starts and makes first start since claimed by John Toscano; very playable.

EIGHTH: Rumble Doll was a tough-trip third in last and owns swift back figures. One Last Shot also endured rough journey in same last race as top selection and fired half-mile bullet on May 12; very dangerous. More Royalty is speedy but has been on the sidelines for 15 months; demand square price.

NINTH: Tweet Street displayed newfound speed in last and could play out as the controlling front-runner in weak nightcap. Mysideofthestreet was a fast-closing second in last on Laurel grass; very playable. Divine Cause compiled tight work tab for first start since November; big-time player. First Appeal is from a dam that’s thrown three turf winners; must be considered.

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