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Gold Coast Tips May 26 – 3 best bets for Gold Coast on Saturday

  • 3 best bets for Gold Coast this week.
Gold Coast racing

Gold Coast Racecourse is one of Queensland’s premier race tracks and is home of the rich Magic Millions meeting in late January each year.


Based in Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast Racecourse boast a grass track that accommodates various distances up to 2100m. 

The ground has a large members stand, and grassed areas to view the track from. 

See our free weekly Gold Coast selections below:

Gold Coast Tips - May 26

Race 5 - 2:38PM JIM BEAM Class 3 Handicap (1400 METRES) 
The locally trained PROLIFIC BELLE looks ideally placed here with an excellent track and distance record. The five-year-old mare proved to be very consistent last campaign without winning. She won a recent barrier trial at the Gold Coast before returning to the track and finished mid-field in a class 3 over 1200m at Ipswich. Second-up here and steps up to the 1400m which will suit her much better. From gate seven she should be box-seating at some stage and fitter for that first-up run she will be proving strong at the finish. 


Race 6 - 3:18PM MOUNT FRANKLIN LIGHTLY SPARKLING QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1400 METRES) 
Quite an open affair here with the Michael Costa trained HOUSE OF DRAMA set to strike third-up. The Real Saga filly romped in at her second maiden appearance here on a heavy track. She put nearly four lengths on her rivals that day in the heavy going. Her latest effort was just as impressive as she came from last on the turn to grab victory in a class 1 over 1400m at Beaudesert. Third-up and even fitter here, she will be hard to keep out.


Race 7 - 3:54PM MAKERS MARK Ratings Band 0 - 65 Handicap (1800 METRES) 
Topweight GEOMETRIST comes in well at the weights here despite carrying the number one saddlecloth. The locally trained Octagonal gelding is four starts into this preparation and has gradually worked his way into form and fitness and is now ready for the 1800m trip where he is yet to miss a top three finish. Two starts back he finished a close-up fourth, beaten less than 1.5 lengths, over the mile in BM75 company. Then last start, he had to settle for fourth prize again in a BM70 over 1680m at Ipswich. He goes up to 59kgs here but drops back to BM65 company and looks ready to show his best over the 1800m. He maps well settling mid-field with cover and Ryan Plumb climbs aboard once more and hasn’t missed a top three finish on him yet. Four runs behind him this campaign, look for a bold showing here.



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May 19

Race 2. In Remembrance Of William & Elsie Morgan (Maiden) Hcp 1100m
A small field here hopeful of breaking their maiden status and among them is the nicely bred gelding Bluebrook who is second-up here and primed to take the prize. Resuming from a spell, he comfortably won an Eagle Farm barrier trial last month then returned to the track two weeks ago. His first-up effort was an eye-catcher. Coming from near the tail on the turn, he passed all but the winner to finish a clear second behind Unlikely Story. Drawn much better here in gate five, Daniel Griffin should manage to have him settled early with cover. The speedmap agrees and with a solid pace set by likely leader Ahwahneechee, the back markers will have something to chase in the run home. Bluebrook’s strong finish last start puts him right in the mix here.

Race 7. Coolphase Hcp (BM75) 2200m
Locally trained by Toby Edmonds, Dauphin de France has impressed at all four starts since resuming and the step up to the 2200m is just what he needs. He won a class 3 here second-up over 1800m on a heavy track by nearly four lengths. He then came back two weeks later and repeated the effort and although down to class 2 company that day, he was up in the weights, drew wide and still won by more than two lengths. Last start he drew wide and came from near last on the turn to beat all but Denbern home. Meeting slightly easier company here, he will again get back early and be doing his best work late. The extra trip looks ideal form him after four runs back and he should be at his peak for this. Glen Colless is back aboard after steering him to that big class 3 victory three starts back. He is a two-time winner here and looks the hardest to beat again.

Race 8. MND & Me Foundation Hcp (Class 2) 1400m
Bryan & Daniel Guy have a very smart mare on their hands with Lady Eighty Eight currently in top form. She resumed from a five-month spell finishing just behind the placegetters in an unsuitable 1100m maiden at Ipswich. Second-up she stepped up to the 1350m trip at the same track where she came within a neck of beating Evolo to the line. Then last start she got it together and despite jumping from the car park (gate 11 of 12), she came wide on the turn and put four lengths on her rivals. She jumps a grade here and takes on class 2 company but going on her last performance she will be more than up to the challenge. Daniel Griffin has ridden her at every start this preparation and remains aboard here. Drawn much better here in gate six, she will enjoy a softer run and should have cover throughout. She looks hard to hold out in this.


May 12


Race 2 - AJ Bridge & Spida Maiden Plate 1800m

The ever consistent Reckless Choice gets yet another chance to break free from his maiden class shackles. Yet to miss a top three finish this preparation, the Choisir gelding has been thereabouts at his last four starts and deserves to break through here. Two starts back he finished second at Ipswich over 1350m on his first dry track this year. He then followed that with a solid effort at Grafton where he drew the car park (gate 14) and carried 59kgs to finish third behind Savvy Rock over 1710m. He steps up to the 1800m here but does drop in weight and has drawn a decent gate this time jumping from the middle of the field. New rider Ryan Plumb will have options here and could either lead or take a sit behind the pace. Either way, he looks well placed and should figure in the finish again.

Race 4 - NBN News Hcp (BM75) 900m

Plenty of early pace here as you expect in a 900 metre sprint. The David Murphy trained Mr Hennessey is two starts into this preparation and should be ready to peak here. First-up he ran out of condition and finished unplaced at Doomben over 1150m. Last start he tried to lead all the way and nearly pulled it off, getting caught on the line by three others, relegating him to fourth, beaten just half a length in a BM75 over 1000m. He returns here from a six-week freshen-up and coming back to the 900m trip should suit his front-running style better. He jumps from barrier eight and should find a prominent spot near the lead early. Banking on his fitness, he could give this field something to chase in the run home.

Race 6 - 92.5 Gold FM Hcp (Class 5) 1200m

A big field here opens this race right up and should see a real battle up front with several front runners looking for a forward position. This should suit seven-year-old Johnny Be Quick who is in career best form this preparation with top three finishes at every start. After two starts over 1400m, he came back to the 1200m trip last start which seemed to suit him better as he took out the event by more than a length, hitting the line strongly. Here he meets a much bigger field of competitors and will have to be at his best to gain the upper hand. Ten starts at the trip have ended in three victories and no less than six minor placings. He has drawn ideally in gate three and should be sitting pretty somewhere better than mid-field. Five starts into this preparation, he will be at his peak and looks a genuine winning chance in this field.

May 5

Race 2. David Russo Fresh Vegetables Sydney Markets Hcp (BM85) 1200m
Beaten for the first time this preparation, Mr Marbellouz gets to bounce back here on better terms with a dry track to race on. His last start second behind River Racer was a solid effort considering it was his first run on a heavy track and he was conceding 6.5kgs in weight. Prior to that his form was faultless. He lines up here against similar company but he will appreciate being back on top of the ground. Drawn well in gate six, he should be on the speed and be parked outside Primal Flight who maps as the likely leader. He has class on these and should get the job done in the run home.

Race 3. Hawkes Racing Plate (Class 6) 1400m
Suffering from the same conditions as Mr Marbellouz last start, Oink will be far better suited to conditions here. His last start prior to a spell saw him finish third behind Fortensky beaten a neck. Resuming from that spell, he was taking ground off River Racer and Mr Marbellouz when finishing third behind that pair last start where the heavy conditions did not suit him either. Second-up here, he climbs up to 1400m with the extra distance more suited to his racing style. He had drawn well in gate six and should settle around mid-field with cover. The long Gold Coast straight will give him plenty of time to find some running room and he should be running to line nicely. A winner second-up and over the trip he shapes up as the one to beat.

Race 7. Brandon’s Gold Coast Guineas 1200m
Resuming from a lengthy spell, the Bjorn Baker trained Champagne Cuddles looks well placed here and will prove hard to beat on fresh legs. Yet to miss a top three finish in her seven career starts, the Not A Single Doubt filly is very well bred being out of the Group One winning mare Sky Cuddle (winner of the Emirates Stakes in 2004). Her last start saw her finish second behind the smart Alizee in the Group One Flight Stakes at Randwick. Two recent trials were full of merit, the most recent resulting in a 2.5 length victory at Canterbury. She has drawn ideally on the fence and is joined by experienced rider Corey Brown who is having his first ride on the filly. She is a noted backmarker but if she can be somewhere near mid-field on the turn with a clear run to the line, she will be doing her best work late and prove hard to hold out.

Race 9. UBET Silk Stocking 1200m
Three starts back from a spell now and Our Beebee has been promising a lot since resuming without grabbing a top three finish so far this preparation. Named as one of our ‘Horses To Follow’ in our April 7 review, the Red Dazzler mare has been finishing off her races well without threatening the placegetters. However, there has been enough in her efforts to suggest she could give this a real shake. Her first-up fourth behind Amanaat (beaten a length) was a super effort when fresh. Here she draws well in gate five and although she will sit back, she will save ground with an inside sit. Matty McGillivray jumps aboard for his third ride on the mare and if he can have her mid-field or better on straightening, she will prove hard to hold out. She looks the value runner of the day.

April 21

Race 2. Gold Coast Hospital Foundation (Maiden) Plate 1100m
A bridesmaid in the making, the Helen Page trained Betajet has taken out second prize on four occasions from his nine race career and is overdue for a change of luck. Two starts back he was caught wide jumping from the outside gate but did still look the winner 200m out until he was run down by Katarina who also carried 5kgs less in weight that day. Last start, a similar ending on a heavy Gold Coast track where Rosella Girl carrying 3.5kgs less got to the line stronger, leaving Betajet with second prize again. Lining up here, Betajet will carry a half kilo under the limit and looks the one to beat again. Drawn nicely in gate five, jockey Jed Hodge should have no trouble finding a forward position. Six runs into this campaign, the Jet Spur gelding can’t be any fitter and is ready to shake his maiden status here.


Race 3. Dr Kee Ong Classic Hcp (3-Y-O) 1800m
Trained at Bundall by John Zielke, Future Event has landed two victories this preparation and can make it a third in this company. A winner three starts back on this track and distance, he couldn’t match it against open company at his next start, finishing down the track. His last start fourth at Beaudesert was solid where he came from last on the turn to finish fourth, beaten only 2.5 lengths. The Dream Ahead gelding lines up already a two-time track and trip winner and should improve from his latest hit-out. Luke Dittman remains in the saddle where he has been on seven previous occasions and ridden him to two of his victories. Drawn the fence, he gets a dream run from barrier rise and should be box-seating at some stage. He looks the one to beat.


Race 7. First National Broadbeach Hcp (BM75) 1800m
A step up in distance is in store for the locally-trained Locus who is a front-runner but should handle the trip. Two starts back, he beat home a class 4 field at the Sunshine Coast on a heavy track over 1600m. Then last start, beat home all bar I Feel Good in a BM75 again over the mile trip. He led from barrier rise and was nailed on the line.
 He will line up here with excellent wet track form and with soft track forecast, will have no trouble handling the conditions. After Jackson Murphy’s claim, the four-year-old will carry less weight than last start and jumping from gate five, can be expected to take up a forward position. Finishing top three at his past five starts, he looks the one they have to catch here.



Where To Bet On Gold Coast Races


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What Bets To Place at Gold Coast 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.



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