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The BMW and Vinery Stud Stakes headline the action at Rosehill, while other metro racing comes at Ascot, Doomben, Mornington and Morphettville.
Follow our best bets for the weekend below:
ASCOT: Aaron Hamilton
Race 2 - AMELIA PARK HANDICAP - 1500m - 01:58pm
Well, INFATHUATED finally got the cash for us last week and hopefully everyone got fixed odds early before he was smashed into a short price. He’s backing up for the fourth week in a row but seems to be relishing all this racing. Last week’s 2.5-length win was ultra-impressive, he’s got his confidence up now, and although he has to carry a bit more weight in the same grade, he’s a big bull and the drop back in trip will cancel out the extra 1.5kg.
Race 3 - FIFTH LEG HANDICAP - 1200m - 02:35pm
I’m taking on the $2 favourite Blackline, and although my confidence is somewhat lacking, there is a strong reason why. Blackline won at Pinjarra over 1200m in a time of 1:11.08 and easily had his rivals covered as he cruised to a nine-length victory. MEGA MINX won by a smaller margin in 1:11.07 and was pushed out to the line. So Blackline easily has more room for improvement, but my query is how he will go second-up, while he also drops 1kg. Mega Minx is third-up from a spell and will be right at his peak while he drops from 57.5kg to 52kg. Blackline will try and lead from barrier 9 and may be taken on by More Aces while Mega Minx will stalk his every move with the 5.5kg less than last time. Blackline could just be too good, but on weights and times, Mega Minx is the value runner.
Race 7 - AUTO CLASSIC BMW HANDICAP (1600m) 5:00pm
POLITICS got the cash for us last time when he let loose with a scintillating run – he still has more upside and just needs a bit of luck slotting in from the wide gate to be winning. Goes up 1kg but is ready to peak in a near identical race.
DOOMBEN: Ric Chapman
Race 2 - 12:45PM $60,000 QRIC EQUINE WELFARE PROGRAM OPEN Handicap (2200 METRES)
Week in week out these same plodding stayers go around - with only the weight variance making the difference. So we turn to that for guidance here and OUTRAGED is served best at the weights this time. Was beaten 3 lengths by Morendi last start but it's his turn now and he meets him 2kg better tghis time around.
Race 7 - 4:02PM $60,000 SOUTHERN SHEET & COIL OPEN Handicap (1350 METRES)
Again, exactly the same principle as above applies here. Same useful sprinters squaring off against one another yet again and so to the weight scale we turn. This time we find FLAMBOYER is best served. And to help him further, his barrier draw makes him very likeable in this.
Race 8 - 4:40PM $60,000 AUSTACK SADDLERY PRODUCE No Metro Wins Handicap (1350 METRES)
They could not have programmed a harder race to get out on than this one. There seems about 400 genuine chances in it. I think, however, at the weights and the barriers, that MOTION GRANTED, who is in sparkling form also, appeals the most. Drew 13 but with all the reserves probably coming out, he steps from much closer and on this bog that should be all he needs.
MORNINGTON: Aaron Hamilton
Race 4 - MARTIN COLLINS FIBRETRACK SIRES (1500m) 2:30pm
Sticking with ESHTIRAAK who had no hope last start on a ridiculously biased Flemington track. He did himself no favours by missing the start, but it was impossible to make ground from where he was and the first two home controlled the race and stayed in that order as they crossed the line. He can bounce back.
Race 5 - MITAVITE CHALLENGE FINAL (1600m) 3:10pm
Really keen on the Robert Smerdon-trained FIFE who trialled sensationally. She came from well back in the trial and went on to win by three lengths without being asked for an effort. She was only average first-up this campaign but Craig Williams believes she resented being inside horses. She’ll strip much fitter for the run and another trial, will appreciate a softer track, and with a tailored ride by Williams, she’s the one to beat.
Race 9 - CLEANAWAY HANDICAP - 1200m - 05:45pm
I wouldn’t usually be keen on SPREADEAGLED first-up over 1200m, but the fact most of his rivals are in the same position makes him a good each-way bet. He showed surprisingly good early speed in a recent barrier trial where he defeated Atmospherical and Malaguerra, and that form is good enough for this despite being just a barrier trial. It was his second trial this time in and he did tire late, so fitness is my only concern. Hopefully that trial topped him off enough to run a solid 1200m first-up.
MORPHETTVILLE: Aaron Hamilton
Race 1 - UBET SA DERBY 13TH MAY HANDICAP (1000m) 12:18pm
It will take a very smart galloper to beat SPIRITUAL GIRL over 1000m first-up after a brilliant barrier trial signalled she is flying. Jamie Kah will rate her perfectly in front and kick strongly to hold the challengers at bay.
Race 2 - HUGHES CHAUFFEURED LIMOUSINES MAIDEN PLATE - 1250m - 12:53pm
TOGIR really surprised me with a cracking first-up run, and the way he hits the line suggests the step up in trip will suit. His trial compared to the runner-up was very ordinary so he obviously took a stack of improvement from the trial to his first-up run. If he improves again, which he should with Phillip Stokes’ training style, he’s the one to beat from barrier 4 with Dom Touneur in the saddle.
Race 8 - ADELAIDE GALVANISING HANDICAP - 1550m - 04:48pm
EXCITES ZELADY finished 4th behind Burning Front and Dances On Stars last start but can turn the tables on the latter of that pair who lines up on Saturday. Dances On Stars is rock-hard-fit while Excites Zelady was stepping up to 1600m at his second run. He has three wins to his name when third-up, and from a good gate, he’ll lob in right behind the speed and prove hard to hold out. Won his only start at the track and trip in a BM90 with this weight so looks well placed on Saturday.
ROSEHILL: Ric Chapman
Race 4 - 2:15PM $150,000 RYDGES PARRAMATTA DONCASTER PRELUDE (1500 METRES)
Is this former Godolphin-owned, British-raced galloper SPECTROSCOPE another Hartnell? He looked amazing winning his Aussie debut last start and this trip should suit more. I suspect he is very, very good - probably up to Group 1 grade and if that's correct, he can finish too well and win this. Can't wait to watch it.
Race 5 - 2:50PM $200,000 POWER DISTRIBUTION AUSTRALIA TULLOCH STAKES (2000 METRES)
Kiwi visitor JON SNOW hasn't won for a while but he is so consistent in Group 1 level placing his past few. Chased home last week's Group 1 winner GINGERNUTS in the NZ Derby last start in New Zealand. So that form holds up well in Australia. Second in that Derby, incidentally, was RISING RED who has been scratched from this field. Terrific race coming up but I'm on Jon Snow. I think he'll perform better at this trip.
Race 6 - 3:30PM $1.5 million THE BMW (2400 METRES)
Very even race this year with Group 1 winners all the way through the field. HUMIDOR and JAMEKA renew their vows after waltzing their way to first and second spots in the recent Group 1 Australian Cup, while OUR IVANHOWE will undergo a vet's check to make sure he can race following his tremendous Group 1 win last Saturday. I like the 3rd home in the Australian Cup, EXOSPHERIC. I think he's worked out Aussie racing now and is super fit now. He is up to a trip that suits too.
HORSE RACING STREAMS
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HORSE RACING PROMOTIONS
Bookmakers offer a host of promotions on Saturday racing with offers available on the big feature races in various forms: money back specials, odds boosts and special offers on selected runners. Here at Bettingpro.com.au, we detail every single offer available from the leading bookmakers to help you take advantage of the promotions on offer. The full list of this weekend's horse racing promotions can be seen HERE
BOOKMAKER BONUS BETS
Looking for some bonus bets to use on Saturday's racing? Take a look at what is available from Australia's leading bookmakers HERE in our round-up of the latest bonus bets promotions. Alternatively, read our reviews and compare bookmakers yourself and see which is the best fit for you. 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.
FREE RACING TOURNAMENT
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HORSE RACING BETTING
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.
*State exclusions apply to some offers. NSW Residents are excluded from bonuses and offers. Please read the T&Cs of each offer with each bookmaker.