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)

The promising ZARATITE looks to be one of the better chances on the eight-race programme at Belmont on Saturday after his last start effort that saw him overcome trouble to land the prize at Pinjarra over the 2000m on July 11. The three-year-old has had five starts for two wins and was doing his best work late in his first two runs this preparation before finding the 2000m in his favour last time. The son of Animal Kingdom should be nearing peak fitness now and will be tucked away just off the pace with Wily Pike on board. That pair jump from barrier 1 and barring any major mishaps in the run, the progressive galloper should be too good here. 

Race 7 at Belmont is a Rating 76+ and the consistent WAR GOD looks well placed. The six-year-old seems to save his best for the Belmont 1400m and was a winner at the track & trip two starts ago before just being out kicked in the last 200m when stepping down to the 1300m journey on July 6, eventually running 4th to Nikitas. He has drawn much better this time around and is likely to settle just off the speed in the early stages. The experienced hoop, Chris Parnham, rides and his mount will be right in the thick of things at the business end. 

EAGLE FARM (Steve Bennett)

Race 2 - 12:18PM FUNCTIONS @TATTERSALL'S QTIS Two-Years-Old Handicap (1500 METRES)
The Toby Edmonds-trained ENSENADA has shown a lot of promise at his only two starts to date. On debut, he ploughed through a heavy 10 at the Gold Coast and finished best to beat home the small field of four that day. That was a Class 1 over 1100m (by-passing maiden class). Then last start, Edmonds stepped him up to 1400m in similar company and he was again impressive in beating home all but Mishani Romance, putting five lengths between himself and third placegetter Biggie in the run to the line. He continued to chase home the winner which indicates he should have no trouble running out the 1500m here, he just needs a touch of luck from the wide draw. 

Odds correct as at 8:30AM (AEST) on 18/07/2019

Already proven at the trip, AZURO looks a solid chance to take out this year’s QLD Cup. Two starts back, he wasn’t disgraced when finishing sixth (of 18) at Flemington in the Listed Andrew Ramsden over 2800m. He carried 58.5kgs that day and covered more ground than Bourke & Wills. Last start, he headed to Sydney, lining up in the Stayer’s Cup and enjoying a much better run, Glyn Schofield drove him to victory in the two-mile event on a heavy 9 that day. He drops in weight again and will carry just 54kgs here which is a 6kg advantage on topweight Yogi. This should be the telling difference in the end.

Odds correct as at 8:30AM (AEST) on 18/07/2019

Three starts into this preparation, the Tony Gollan-trained SILVERA has come back with all guns blazing. Second-up, he spotted the leaders 10 lengths at one stage in a BM80 over the mile, only to finish like a train and beat all but Queen Of Kingston home (beaten a neck). Then last start, the High Chaparral gelding went one better and took out the Rockhampton Cup (1600m), beating home smart gallopers Savwell and Cool Chap comfortably in the end. Drawn to do no work early, Jim Byrne should enjoy a cosy run, mid-field on the fence and with a touch of luck, find clean air on the turn and go on with it from there. A three-time at the mile, he looks the benchmark here.

Race 9 - 4:43PM TRIPLE M'S GREG MARTIN QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1600 METRES)
Desleigh Forster’s three-year-old, RED CHASE looks ideally placed here to give this a real shake. Nicely bred, by Red Element out of an Al Maher mare, the gelding has hit the ground running since resuming from a 16-week spell. First-up he finished an unlucky second behind Paper Trade in a Class 3 over 1110m at Doomben, after protesting unsuccessfully. (A replay shows he had a strong case). Second-up, he made up for that, winning a BM65 over 1200m on this track. Then last start, bad luck returned when he suffered a lacerated fetlock but still managed to finish second behind Churning, beaten a head on the line. His performances this time in suggest he will get the 1600m and drawn ideally on gate two, he should enjoy a sit behind the pace and be doing his best work in the run home. 

Odds correct as at 8:30AM (AEST) on 18/07/2019

FLEMINGTON (Jackson Oldham)

Race 2 - 12:25pm Flemington Event Staff Handicap (1200m)
The Godolphin runner TANIKO is a duel acceptor for both Flemington and Randwick, if he takes his place at Flemington I’m confident he runs well. The four-year-old daughter of Medaglia D'Oro is often a low percentage betting proposition because of her get back and run on style but she does get a good set-up here with the likes of Moor Wanted, Wind Force, Sheriff John Stone and even Barthelona likely to ensure a good early tempo. I doubt she is as effective on a Heavy track but I still thought her last start seventh at Rosewill was terrific and her effort to close off behind River Bird (who has won again since) was full of merit. She really hit the line, running the second-fastest 400m-200m split of the race and the fourth-fastest last 200m of the race in the worst part of the track. This is a perfect ride for Dwayne Dunn, who can pick his way through the field from barrier six and the race drops away quickly after the leading three or four chances. If Taniko races in Sydney then Sirius Suspect is clearly the horse to beat. He has clearly the best figures in the race, running 11.2 lengths above benchmark at his last start in the Listed All Victorian Sprint Final (1200m) when fourth behind Malibu Style and Milwaukee. That figure is the best figure of any horse in this race over the last two years and although he rises 6kg, he drops back from Listed grade to a very winnable Benchmark 78 and maps well from barrier four. 

Race 3 - 1:00pm Byerley Handicap (1800m)
This is a late season two-year-old race over 1800m so I was expecting this to be a no bet race but the speed map leads me to suggest the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained ECHO LAD is a good bet at the current price. There looks to be no speed at all on paper and he should get an uncontested lead and be rated perfectly from S.Baster if he mind is on racing and not Australian Ninja Warriors. The only other horse who I have mapped wanting to sit better than midfield is the Tony McEvoy-trained runner Marndarra.Echo Lad loved the step-up from 1300m to 1600m last start at Warwick Farm and Blake Shinn controlled the race from the front, running 3.6 lengths slower than benchmark to the 600m and zipping home 2.7 lengths above benchmark for the final 600m for an easy 2.5 length victory. He was strong enough to the line to suggest the rise to 1800m will be a positive and although I’m not convinced he is the best horse in the race, this is a speed map orientated bet. 

Race 5 - 2:15pm RMBL Investments Rising Stars Final (1400m)
The Allison Sheehan-trained EL QUESTRO was a moral beaten last start on Flemington Finals Day when I declared her the best bet of the day, so I have to butter up again here. She kicked up for the first 600m and it looked like Niketa was going to hold the front before handed up and sat behind Pria Eclipse, which I found to be a strange move. She was stuck behind runners in the straight, while the winner Miss Mandito was building momentum down the outside. When clear, she flew home and just missed, running her last 200m in 11.44s which was clearly the quickest last furlong of the race. She ran the fifth-fastest last 200m and tenth-fastest last 400m of the day, with some very handy sprinters in the meeting. This is the Rising Stars Final so it’s an all appearance race and Chelsea Hall takes the ride. Hall is really struggling, with just one win from her last 50 rides and her record at Flemington isn’t much better, with just one win from 21 rides at headquarters. That is an obvious negative but I’m still happy to have a bet.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 4 - 2:23PM ARCHERS THE STRATA PROFESSIONALS BenchMark 62 Handicap (900 METRES)
The Helen Page-trained VAINITY is a well-bred, by Denman out of a Testa Rossa mare and has resumed from a 25-week break a different filly. Two starts back, she broke her maiden with a win here over the 900m sprint. Last start she fell agonisingly short in a Class 1, beating all but Lucky Fix home on a heavy 10. She appears to like the Aquis Park track and back on top of the ground here and down a little in weight, she looks right in the mix.

Race 5 - 3:03PM HOSPITALITY STRATA Class 5 Handicap (1200 METRES)
A winner of two of his past three starts, SECRET SPIRIT is drawn and weighted to give this a real shake. The Spirit Of Boom three-year-old was an impressive winner three starts back at Beaudesert in Class 2 company with Stef Lacy aboard. He then finished third in a Class 3 at Toowoomba, being run down but stuck on gamely. Last start, he bounced back and despite racing wide, he finished too strong for them in similar company over 1100m. He is stepping up sharply in grade here but with winning rider Lacy back aboard, drawing gate four and down 2kgs from his last start win, he still looks a genuine threat.

Odds correct as at 5:30PM (AEST) on 19/07/2019

Race 6 - 3:43PM MARSH ADVANTAGE INSURANCE Colts, Geldings and Entires Class 1 Handicap (1400 METRES)
A 37-week spell in the paddock has worked wonders for the Chris Waller-trained HADRIAN. Failing to fill a top-three place at his first four starts, the three-year-old resumed here on a heavy 10 over 1200m and gave them a galloping lesson, winning his maiden by more than two lengths with Glen Colless aboard. He has drawn wide here and with little early speed in the race, he may need some luck finding a sit close to the fence. Colless sticks with him here and if he can settle early and see daylight turning for home, he should prove hard to hold out.

KEMBLA GRANGE (Aaron Hamilton)

I was happy to oppose WAKA first-up following a poor trial performance, and I couldn’t believe she opened favourite and remained in the top spot before they jumped and she finished 5th of six runners. She went from 1300m to 1600m second-up, and while she loomed to win in the straight, she lacked fitness and that killer knockout. Blinkers come off for the first time as she steps up to 2000m, and she must be showing Cummings that she’s looking for further already. The only time she stepped out beyond the mile was in the Listed Connoisseur Stakes (1800m) at Flemington where she ran 7.4 lengths above benchmark (BM) which rated 12 lengths above her previous effort over 1400m. Having gone from 1400m to 1800m and running a personal best suggests she can do the same when going from 1600m to 2000m.

Gwenda Markwell’s High Chaparral gelding, HAMOGANY, narrowly missed at his home track earlier this campaign but is at peak fitness fifth-up and looks hard to beat here. John O’Shea’s Parry Sound looms as a danger if he improves from his debut run, but on last start BM figures, Hamogany came home three lengths quicker in a longer race, and his fitness advantage should see him finishing best. 

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

I can’t believe the Phillip Stokes-trained INDISCRETION is fourth pick in the market in this field of six. First-up on a Heavy track at Sandown she went 3.6 lengths above benchmark (BM) and then performed below stable expectation last start at the same track where she went 2.5 lengths above BM. Despite getting through the Heavy track on debut, the daughter of Sebring was probably flattened by the run hence the disappointing effort last start where she really shortened stride in the last 100m. Both of her runs still rate above the opposition in regards to BM performances, and third-up over 1400m with 17 days between runs looks ideal for her. She’ll get back and can finish best in the small field.

With my original selection, Killavally, scratched and lining up at Flemington instead, the Patrick Payne-prepared CAFÉ TORNTONI can go back-to-back. The son of Reset was an impressive 3.5-length winner on a Heavy 8 before again passing the post first on a Heavy 10 but unbelievably losing the race on protest. He then stepped up from 1200m to 1500m at Sale on a Good track, and put any doubts to rest with a length victory over The Regiment who has now been runner-up in four consecutive races. With that 1500m run under his belt, the slight step up to 1550m is ideal, and he simply rates much higher than his opposition. Should be winning.

RANDWICK (Aaron Hamilton)

Any improvement at his second career start should see the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained MANDELA winning this. The Sebring colt is out of the Lonhro mare Lonoree and he looks like a typical Lonhro. He was unlucky to not get the cash on debut over 1200m at Canterbury where the eventual winner went slow early and held on while Mandela cost himself the race by running off the track late. Despite his waywardness, he went six lengths above benchmark (BM) in the last 600m. War Baron went slightly quicker and lines up in opposition again, but Mandela did run off the track and is open to much more improvement. The step up to 1400m looks perfect and his most recent barrier trial was super impressive as he put for lengths on his rivals in the final 150m.

I’m keen to oppose Sir Elton ($1.85) who is undefeated in three starts, and I’ll be siding with Chris Waller’s mare HAUT BRION HER. Sir Elton likes to lead all the way and has done so in three runs over 1100m. Last start, he was just one of two winners on the day to have not broken BM as he went 1.3 lengths below BM. He now has to carry 1.5kg more over 100m further as he steps up in grade, and those three things are against him. Haut Brion Her on the other hand went 2.3 lengths above All BM and she now drops 4kg as she goes up in grade, and she’s open to so much improvement. 

Team Hawkes can finish the day on high when the talented GREYWORM resumes from a spell. He’s unbeaten in two first-up runs and his recent barrier trial was encouraging. He showed his customary early speed to lead the field over 800m at Hawkesbury, and when Bjorn Baker’s Denman gelding, Prime Candidate loomed up to go past him under riding, Greyworm kicked back under his own steam to hold on. Prime Candidate is now slouch having won four from five, and Greyworm impressed most in the trial. Brock Ryan gets the ride and claims 3kg which sees Greyworm get in with a very winnable 57kg. 

TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 4:55PM ROCK TRADE INDUSTRIES BenchMark 75 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Locally-trained by Lindsay Hatch, BELLA OCCHI has her supporters tearing their hair out with her up and down performances lately. This time in, she has won three of her seven starts, but failed dismally in three of her other four runs. Two starts back, she came off finishing second last at Doomben and turned it all around on this track, winning a BM70 over 1110m. Last start, she failed again, with all conditions clearly against her. The High Chaparral mare stepped up to BM80 grade for the first time, and found the 1200m on a heavy 10 all too much. She is better than that and back on top of the ground and down in grade here, she is back in contention.

Race 3 - 6:15PM ENTERPRISE LEGAL Ratings Band 0 - 58 Handicap (1850 METRES)
Local trainer Michael Nolan will be pleased to see his three-year-old LOTZA back on top of the ground in this. He won his maiden here four starts back on a dry track then hit a wet track next start and finished down the track. Two starts back, he finished a close-up second in a BM62 over the mile on a good 4. Last start, Nolan took him back to the city and the wet Doomben track was his nemesis again, finishing in the back half of the field. Down in grade here and back on a dry track, he shapes up as a real danger in this.

Race 5 - 7:30PM NEIL MANSELL TRANSPORT Class 3 Plate (1000 METRES)
The small field here will suit ALLORAINE as the Tony Sears-trained filly shoots for back-to-back victories. Just seven career starts to her name, the three-year-old broke through for her first win four starts back, caning a maiden field at Ipswich where she put 4.5 lengths on them that day. She then took on a Class 2 field which proved to be a little too rich for her, finishing unplaced. Last start however, she lined-up here for her second look at the Clifford Park circuit and in a BM58 recorded another four-length win over 1050m, carrying 57kgs with Adin Thompson on board. Thompson sticks with her here, and after his claim, the Falvelon filly will carry just 53kgs here. Up in class, but down a lot in weight, she looks a real chance.


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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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