Beltoro winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)

Beltoro (Image: Racing Photos)

Speed the key for underdog Beltoro

Rob Hickmott is hopeful a hot tempo in Saturday's Australian Guineas will be the key to progressive galloper Beltoro. 

"You just can't give away too much of a start in those Group 1 races with the better ones up front," Hickmott said.

"You only hope they overdo it up front, like the filly in the Blue Diamond - go crazy sectionals and they can't finish off.

"He won't disgrace himself, the horse. He could possibly run top six again, there's no doubt about that.

"The mile is going to be beneficial and fitness, obviously, he has come on. If Jack can give him a good ride and get him into some clear air, I think he will be hitting the line as good as a lot of those horses."

For Beltoro's owners, Saturday's race is the reward for turning down what Hickmott describes as 'substantial' seven-figure offers from Hong Kong.

Saturday's performance is likely to dictate where the horse heads to for the rest of the autumn, and what connections aim for in the spring.

"We have thrown the nominations in for Sydney and the Derby and obviously Saturday will tell us a bit more where we sit with that," Hickmott said.

"If he puts his hands up and if he happened to win or run in the first six, you could entertain going to the Guineas up there at Rosehill.

"But then again you've got to contend with the wet weather as well."