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Flemington Tips May 19 – best bets for Flemington on Saturday

  • Best bets for Flemington each meeting.
Flemington racing

Steeped in tradition and home of Australia’s most iconic race, the Melbourne Cup, Flemington is the most famous racecourse in the country and is situated in Melbourne, Victoria.


Flemington bursts to life during the autumn and spring racing carnivals when the nation’s keenest racing fans descend upon the famous racecourse to witness the most exciting thoroughbred racing Australia has to offer.

See our free weekly Flemington Tips below:

Flemington Tips - May 19


Race 5 - POITREL HALL OF FAME TROPHY (2000m) 2:10pm

It was a massive first-up effort from BOOM TIME who looks to have come back better than ever this campaign. If he wasn’t caught three wide without cover, he would have won last time, and being a galloper that naturally improves deeper in his campaigns, he’ll take plenty of beating on Saturday. 

Race 7 - ANDREW RAMSDEN STAKES (3200m) 3:30pm

CHEQUERED FLAG has been impressive winning his past two at Morphettville, but the fact trainer Darren Weir has given him another two hurdle trials over 2400m suggests there’s still plenty of improvement to come. Weir uses the hurdle schooling to sharpen them up and gain extra fitness, so with that in mind, the son of Raise The Flag should be right at his peak now. His only run at Flemington was a narrow 2nd to stablemate Yogi, and he has previously finished runner-up over 3200m in a hurdle race where he carried 64kg. 

Race 8 - COLIN HAYES AM, OBE HALL OF FAME TROPHY (1400m) 4:10pm

Land Of Plenty looks hard to beat again, but PILOTE D’ESSAI represents great value at $34. He was three wide for the trip when first-up and came four and five wide on the home turn. He loomed at the top of the straight but peaked with 200m as the tough run and lack of race fitness took its toll. He now meets Land Of Plenty 3kg better at the weights and has far more upside. If he can slot in toward the rear and do no work in the run, I can see him finishing fast at big each-way odds. 

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May 5


Race 2 - LIVING LEGEND EFFICIENT HANDICAP (2800m) 12:24pm

The fact is, $26 for CHARLEVOIX is absolutely ridiculous when Sherlock Holmes is a $5 chance in this event. Sherlock Holmes was caught wide on the first turn last start but didn’t have to do too much work to get outside the leader before fading in the final 300m. Charlevoix settled in last place and levelled up to Sherlock Holmes at the 200m mark, put a length on him over the next 150m and then another length in the final 50m. Charlevoix was clearly doing his best work late and should be nearing his peak fifth-up from a spell as he steps up to 2800m. Charlevoix wasn’t that far from Aloft in the JRA Trophy (2500m) when that pair finished behind Almandin, but Charlevoix was having his ninth run that preparation and was probably over the top at that stage, and he went for a spell following one more run. Doukhan and Divine Sanction are also in the mix, but at big odds, Charlevoix looks a good each-way chance. 


Race 3 - LIVING LEGEND AKKE VAN DEN DOLDER HANDICAP (2000m) 12:59pm

Another value chance with BERTWHISTLE looking over the odds. Trainer Darryl Dodson has this son of Al Maher absolutely flying having scored four wins and two placings from his past seven starts including a 3rd placing at Flemington in this grade over the same distance. He drops 2.5kg from that run with Alfred Chan aboard, and Chan has ridden this horse three times for three wins. The pair get along well, and they’ll be swooping late following a 35-day freshen-up which is the same break between runs Bertwhistle had when charging home to finish a length 3rd behind Divine Sanction. 


April 25


Race 1 - FLT LT PETER ARMYTAGE HANDICAP (2530m) 1:00pm

Willing to take on Sherlock Holmes here despite him having a weight advantage over the majority of the field. The Darren Weir-trained GALLIC CHIEFTAIN has consistently run far superior times over this trip, and with five runs under his belt this campaign, he’s at peak fitness. Sherlock Holmes has also drawn the widest gate (10) and will have to spear across to sit up on the pace with Sin To Win and Multitude which should ensure a solid tempo. That will give Gallic Chieftain every chance to run on in the straight. 


Race 2 - BATTLE OF VILLERS-BRETONNEUX HANDICAP (1800m) 1:35pm

The in-form TATOOSH has won three in a row for us (4 in a row in total) and there’s no reason to drop off here. He was so strong at the end of 1600m last time that the step up in trip shouldn’t be an issue, and with a bit of luck from the tricky gate, he’s the one to beat. 


Race 3 - ANZAC DAY STAKES – (1400m) 2:10pm

The Darren Weir-trained HAWKSHOT did a few things wrong last start and probably just peaked with 20m to go, but with that 1400m run under his belt, he should be much stronger this time. He meets last start victor Secret Blaze 2kg better at the weights and has previously beaten home a few others that line up on Saturday. Plenty of upside to this promising son of Fiorente and I expect him to be winning. 


March 17


Race 2 - ST VINCENT'S HOSPITAL - 125 YEARS HANDICAP (1400m) 1:10pm

Keen to take on Scarecrow ($2.90) who now has to carry 3.5kg more (59kg) after winning at the track and trip last start. MURAAHIB was flying home to finish a neck back in 2nd place and now meets Scarecrow 2kg better at the weights and should be at his peak fifth-up from a spell. 


Race 5 - BLAMEY STAKES (1600m) 3:10pm

Darren Weir has a stranglehold on this race with Tosen Stardom and HUMIDOR lining up, and it’s the latter I’m keen to back. Tosen Stardom failed to pull away from Humidor last start despite having a clear fitness edge with the Weir stable declaring Humidor was a bit behind in fitness. He’ll take a stack of improvement from that run and he maps perfectly here. The Tasmanian galloper, Hellova Street, will lead and make it a truly run race, and that should give Humidor his chance to swoop from last. 


Race 7 - MARCH STAKES (1400m) 4:30pm

THEANSWERMYFRIEND does his best work at Flemington with two wins and a narrow 2nd to Mr Sneaky from three starts at the track. He trialled brilliantly at Cranbourne on March 5 and looks forward enough to be winning first-up. With only one speed horse to his inside, he should be able to come across from barrier 9 and sit outside the leader or take up the running if that suits. He’ll prove hard to run down and represents good value. 


March 10


Race 2 - CLUB STAND HANDICAP (1800m) 12:50pm

KINGS WILL DREAM is unbeaten in three Australian starts and still has upside following his last start win over 1600m. He came out three wide very early and did it tough without cover on the home turn, but he still found plenty and scored comfortably. He’s drawn to lead or sit outside the leader, and with natural improvement, I can’t see them beating him here. 

Race 5 - TAB KEWNEY STAKES (1400m) 2:40pm

I can’t wait to see what SEANNIE can do down the Flemington straight. The Sebring filly has absolutely rocketed home in her past two starts at Moonee Valley and this race has always been on the radar. With two runs under her belt now, she’s ready to step up to 1400m, and with the long Flemington straight to work with, look for her charging home over the top of them. 

Race 7 - SCHWEPPERVESCENCE TROPHY (1600m) 4:00pm

SPANISH REEF has returned in fantastic condition and her first-up run was outstanding. She carried 57kg, sat three wide without cover for the trip but never looked in doubt as she scored by 1.75 lengths. She has two wins and a 2nd from three starts at the track and trip, and with a softer run likely this time, I can’t see them getting past her. 


Where To Bet On Flemington Races


Looking for some bonus bets to use on Saturday's racing? From 100% deposit matches to 333% bonuses on initial deposits, there is something for all kinds of punters, whether you like to place a big bets or prefer a small each-way wager.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes, who have the Odds Boost promotion running every day*, and CrownBet offer some of the best odds on Flemington racing. Or take advantage of the some of the bookmaker bonus bets currently available.

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What Bets To Place at Flemington Races


There are a number of ways to bet on horse racing this weekend from a standard win or place bet to quadrellas and multibets. 

SINGLE: The most common bet. The single bet involves betting on your selection to win, place, or both (each-way). If betting each-way (see our guide for what an each-way bet is), the stake is doubled as you are betting on your selection to win, and also to place.

QUINELLA: A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners. To win a Quinella, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order

EXACTA: An exacta is exactly the same as a quinella. However, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the correct order

TRIFECTA: A Trifecta bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a Trifecta, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in a given race. 

FIRST4: A First4 bet is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a First4, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placegetters in a given race. 

MYSTERY BET: A Mystery Bet takes the guess work out of picking a Trifecta and is generated by the betting agency’s computer. The computer system will randomly select three runners and if they fill the placings you win the Trifecta. 

QUADDIE: A Quaddie bet, or Quadrella bet as it is fully known, is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings. A quaddie is betting on the winners of four nominated races, which are typically the last four races of any meeting, and is a very popular bet. 

MULTIBET: Multibets offer a great way to secure big winning returns on your bets as you combine various bets into one, and are proving to be an extremely popular way to bet. A multibet combines any number of bets from two to 25 into one single bet and dramatically increases the odds. 

PATENT BET: A Patent bet is similar to a three-leg multibet but is made up of seven separate bets: three singles, three doubles and a trio. Where a multibet requires all selections to win for a return, a patent bet will yield a return from just one winner.

ALL-IN BETTING: All-In betting involves a bookmaker offering fixed odds on selected feature races prior to the declaration of the final field. All-In betting on the Melbourne Cup, for example, is available for the better part of 12 months leading into the event. The risk with All-In Betting is that you will not receive your stake back if your horse is scratched.

Alternatively, follow our quick links below to learn more about the various types of horse racing bets.


Flemington Race Track Description


Flemington is a spacious track with one of the longest straights in Australia at 450m which gives all horses an equal chance with luck in running.

Flemington also has a 1200 metre straight track for racing which is commonly referred to as "The Straight Six" course.

The run to first turn in the Melbourne Cup is 888m, ensuring that no horse has their chances hampered during the opening half-a-mile.


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