Saturday Tips - Best Bets and Tips for Saturday's racing

  • Guide to Saturday's best bets and previews 
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Looking for Saturday racing tips? We provide a complete guide to the best bets for the weekend's racing - and you can read who are tipsters are backing below.

BELMONT (Adam Cusworth)

Race 5 sees the three-year-olds go at it and NOT TO BE MIST is the clear top pick. The Adam Durrant galloper is unbeaten after three starts and resumed with a win at Pinjarra before heading to Ascot on May 8, booting to the front at the business end to go on to win by a length from Crypto. That race was over the 1400m but he does look to have the class edge on these and has drawn much better than the main danger in the race in Flower Of War. Willy Pike steers and the leading hoop should notch up victory aboard the son of Danehill Express. 

The final event of the day sees the return of MYSTERY MISS, who has not raced since taking out the Belgravia Stakes (1200m) at Listed level last October. The Grant and Alana Williams-trained filly worked through the grades and was unbeaten at her last preparation before heading to the paddock. She has been given two trials in the lead up to this and showed improvement at the most recent of those when running 3rd over the 1000m at Belmont. The booking of Pike suggests that she is the go here and while she will get back, there should be enough pace in the race for her to launch at them late. 

EAGLE FARM (Steve Bennett)

Racking up 11 top three finishes from her 15 career starts, the Chris Waller-trained SEXY EYES looks ideally-placed here and is certainly a winning chance. The Written Tycoon mare won the Group Three Belle Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Gosford before heading to Toowoomba to tackle the Listed Weetwood Hcp (1200m). Dropping back 400m in distance made no difference to the five-year-old mare as she won the $150K event, beating home Tycoon Ace and Mishani Hustler by nearly two lengths. Last start she was caught wide and galloped on when finishing fourth in the Listed Silk Stocking on an unsuitable heavy 10 that day. Scratched from last week’s Doomben meeting, she is drawn to box seat here and will have plenty in reserve for the run home. She will give this a real shake.

Trained on the track by Brian Smith, ORDER AGAIN is as consistent as they come, finishing top five in his past seven starts and is overdue for a change of luck. A winner here over 1500m three starts back, he was an unlucky fourth in the Listed Tails Stakes (1615m) at his next start in heavy conditions. Last start, he was caught back in the field in the Listed Members’ Handicap but ran home well to finish fourth, just behind the placegetters. This is no easier, however he has drawn ideally in gate two and Larry Cassidy remains aboard after riding the Iffraaj gelding in 14 of his 17 races. He is four starts into this preparation and will be at his peak here. With a soft sit behind the pace, he looks a real threat in this.

The James Cummings-trained TREKKING is also ideally drawn here and will take a ton of beating. Currently the Stradbroke Hcp favourite (with Sportsbet), this shapes up as the ideal lead-up race for the big Group One on June 8. After a close win in the Group Three Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, the Godolphin gelding then went back-to-back by winning the Listed Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) at Scone, en route to the Brisbane Winter Carnival. Nicely bred by Street Cry from a Redoute’s Choice mare, the four-year-old has won seven of his 18 starts and this looks an ideal warm-up for the Stradbroke. 

FLEMINGTON (Jackson Oldham)

Race 3 - 12:45pm LUCRF Super Handicap (1100m)
A case could be made for at least eight horses in this race but It’s the Amy & Ash Yargi-trained I’M TELLING YA that represents the value to my eye. I can’t believe the corporates went up $41 and I won’t be surprised if they continue to back him and he starts closer to $15. Nothing went right first-up for the new stable at Sandown as he sat on-speed (against his normal pattern) and just never looked comfortable. He was given three-weeks between runs and dropped back from 1300m to 1100m at Caulfield. He was run off his legs through the early stages of the race, he was under riding and was three-lengths behind the second-last horse at the 600m and I thought he was entitled to finish near last. I loved the way he picked up once he got balanced, flashing home for third behind William Thomas and Akkadian in the highest-rating race of the day, which was 10.5 lengths above the overall benchmark. He ran the fastest last 600m and 800m of the entire meeting and the ninth-fastest last 200m and 400m of the meeting. The small query is he stays at 1100m but he goes from M.Poy to L.Currie and we’re getting the price to find out. 

This looks a complete two horse race and I’m siding with the horse that could possibly be Australia’s best stayer, the Paul Preusker-trained SURPRISE BABY. He did things that horses simply don’t do, going from 2000m to 3200m and bolting in the Adelaide Cup at only his sixth career start. He wasn’t seen for seven-weeks and returned at Flemington three weeks ago against Steel Prince over 2600m. Steel Prince went 15.4 lengths above benchmark to the 600m and still held on, so the win was full of merit but Surprise Baby was clearly the run of the race and almost the run of the day. He was hampered with the fall that occured at the 700m mark and lost several lengths and momentum coming into the straight. He ran the fourth-fastest 1000m-800m of the race, then the ninth-fastest 800m-600m, fifth-fastest 600m-400m and the fastest 400m-200m and last 200m. He ran his last 400m in 24.29s, the second-fastest last 400m in the race was Sin To Win (24.76s). Surprise Baby is our most exciting stayer in a long time and from barrier 18, Dean Holland can just keep her out the back, build momentum from the 800m and I’m confident she can run over the top of Steel Prince with a smooth run in transit and the extra 200m.

Race 9 - 4:40pm Furphy Ale Plate (1100m)
This looks a really interesting race and the other straight races earlier in the meeting should tell us a lot about how this race is likely to unfold. I’m with the Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)-trained ANJANA and the $5.50 in early markets does look over the odds. She was $8.50 into $6.00 first-up for the new stable down the straight in the Listed Incognitus Stakes (1100m) and she bolted in, defeating Sunsets Watch, Fine Dane and Krone. She won easily again at The Valley before starting $2.50 in Adelaide and running third (beaten 0.6 lengths) behind Humma Humma and Behemoth, who was a nose away from winning the Group One Goodwood (1200m) last Saturday. She then faced the Group 1 Robert Sangster (1200m) last start and ran a really nice sixth. She ran the second-fastest last 200m, 400m, 600m and 800m of the race, only Spright ran faster for those closing sectionals. I would be launching at the current price but there are a few factors that scare me about this race and I’m not convinced I know what will unfold.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 4 - 1:57PM MOUNT FRANKLIN Fillies and Mares Maiden Handicap (1400 METRES)
On song this preparation, DUVESSA gets her chance to break the maiden shackles here. Beautifully bred, by Street Cry out of a Redoute’s Choice mare, her last two starts suggest she go one better in this. Two starts back she finished second, here on a heavy 10, in atrocious conditions. Barely visible  to the caller, she took the lead inside the final 100 metres, but was grabbed on the line by Peppino who scored a dream rails run to take the honours. Then last start, she missed the jump badly and was spotting the field three lengths. She finished brilliantly to beat all but In Two Minds home, beaten a neck in the end. If she jumps with them here, she should be sitting somewhere near mid-field with cover and will be charging home again. 

Winning three of his four starts this preparation, COMIC STORY looks ideally placed to continue the winning form. Three starts back, he was coming off a win at the Sunshine Coast where he took care of a BM70 field here over 1200m. Shooting for the hat-trick, he stepped up to class 6 company at Eagle Farm but found that a little too rich, finishing unplaced behind the smart Chapter And Verse. Last start, he dropped back to class 4 company and finished best, running 1:10 for the 1200m on a soft 5 that day. Up to class 5 here but has the runs on the board to suggest he can take this out.

Race 7 - 3:53PM MAKERS MARK Class 4 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Already a Gold Coast specialist, SMART AS ATTACK will strip even fitter here and should prove hard to hold out on his home track. First-up from a 22-week break, he finished best to win a BM0-70 here over the 1300m trip, beating home Lyrical Prince and Cruz de Vega who has since won a class 3 here. That’s good form coming into this and an unbeaten record on wet tracks (3 from 3) makes the resume even stronger. The So You Think gelding’s three victories have all been at Aquis Park and with a clear run here, he shapes up as a big chance again.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

ORBOST was outclassed but far from disgraced in the Redelva Stakes second-up where she finished six lengths from Humma Humma and subsequent The Goodwood runner-up Behemoth. The Casino Prince filly then went to Gawler and scored comfortably before heading to Ballarat where she was 3rd on the synthetic track where she didn’t seem to quite run the 1500m trip right out. The drop back to 1300m looks ideal and she maps to get the run of the race for Kayla Crowther whose 2kg claim gets the filly in on the minimum (54kg).
STREET SHEIK is trying to challenge Tom Melbourne and Osborne Bulls for Australia’s best bridesmaid honours, but it’s impossible to go past him in a race like this. Trainer Patrick Payne not only sends the Street Boss gelding across the border, but he also sends stable rider Billy Egan over and they’ll be looking for a win to justify travelling the horse and paying the air fares for Egan. He’s also carried 60kg in all four 2nd placings this campaign and will surely appreciate the drop to 57kg as he reaches peak fitness and drops back from the mile to the 1400m.

RANDWICK (Aaron Hamilton)

Chris Waller’s Snitzel colt Reloaded may end up being the best horse in this race, but he maps awkwardly from the inside gate and I’m looking to take him on. Considering FLOREAT PICA wanted to lay in the whole way down the straight in the Group 3 Sires’ Produce (1400m) at Morphettville, I really like the switch to Sydney’s clockwise direction of running. The son of Hinchinbrook was fair first-up over 1100m finishing 3rd, but his second-up effort was a big improvement as he charged home from last on the turn to miss by 1.8 lengths in the Sires’. He now drops 4kg on that run, looks set to improve third-up and represents good value at $7.
Race 3 - 12:35PM MIZUNO HANDICAP (2000 METRES)
COSTAS is an interesting runner here as he was scratched from Canterbury on Wednesday in preference for this tougher event. The most interesting part is that trainer Chris Waller already saddles up the favourite Nobu as well as Stardome and Romani Girl. Costas was a good thing beaten three starts back and atoned for the unlucky run next time with a strong 1600m victory. And his last start 3rd placing behind Wolfe was full of merit as he got flushed out early and worked hard while the winner and runner-up patiently waited and pulled the trigger at the right time. That was his first go at 1900m, and he’ll take improvement from the run, and he must have come on significantly to justify scratching from Wednesday’s winnable event. 
Another one for Chris Waller with NEW UNIVERSE looking hard to beat here. The Darci Brahma gelding caught the eye first-up from a nine-week break and went into the black book. He then tackled the Scone Cup (1600m) and was caught three deep without cover throughout but battled gamely to finish 1.5 lengths from Special Missile. He’s drawn deep on Saturday as he drops back 200m in distance, but with fitness on his side now, I’m anticipating he’ll take a forward position and prove hard to hold out.

TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 4:50PM BLACK ISUZU UTE BenchMark 60 Handicap (1110 METRES)
Looks like a race in two (on paper at least) with Coco Monsieur set to battle it out with BELLA OCCHI who appears the better placed of the two. Just 10 career starts have reeled in four wins, with three of those here on her home track. Two starts back the High Chaparral mare was most impressive in winning a class 3 plate here over 1050m where she put 2.5 lengths on them as an odds-on favourite ($1.80) should. Last start, she was up in grade against class 4 company but it a little rich and the 1200m possibly a bit far as well. She comes back to 1110m here and drops down in class as well and after the claim, comes in nicely at the weights. From gate 3 she will do little early and should be powering home at the end. 

Race 2 - 5:30PM TRACKSPARES BenchMark 70 Handicap (1210 METRES)
At the weights, the Lindsay Hatch-trained PIERIDAE looks the pick of the crop here. Two starts back, the Hinchinbrook mare actually beat home a class 3 field, leading all the way to finish a length in front of them, only to be disqualified for weighing in light. She then looked lost at seas on the Ipswich track where she was box-seating at one stage before weakening to finish unplaced in another class 3 over 1100m. After the claim here, she will carry 4kgs less than that last start and back on her home track, I believe she can bounce back against this field.

Race 4 - 6:35PM JRS MANUFACTURING Class 3 Handicap (1300 METRES)
Another locally-trained gelding who looks well-placed is ROMACASH who is in line for a hat-trick here. Two starts back, the four-year-old grey just got the nod at the Sunshine Coast in a BM62 over 1400m. Unwanted in the market, he jumped from the outside gate (8) and dropped back to the tail early. The widest runner on the turn, he finished best out wide to grab the win from race favourite Say I Cee You to take the prize at double-figure odds. Last start, he stepped up to the mile and was even more impressive when beating home the class 2 field by 2.5 lengths while under 59.5kgs. After Aidin Thompson’s claim, he carries 4kgs less than his last start and although dropping back to the 1300m trip here, he still looks the one to beat.


If you are unable to watch on TV, you can watch all of the action streamed online. All races from Melbourne will be streamed onto your PC, mobile or tablet by leading bookmakers LadbrokesBetEasy and Sportsbet, and you can now watch coverage of Sky Racing via BetEasy with every Australian race live. Visit one of the bookmakers and log in to be able to watch the races from wherever you are. You do not need to bet on the race to watch it. You just need funds in your account.


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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