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

  • Guide to Saturday's best bets and previews
  • In-depth previews of the feature races and selections to back

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.

Saturday Tips - July 22

Belmont (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 2 - VALE ROY LEONHARDT HANDICAP - 1000m - 01:23pm

SNOW LORD was sensational in a recent barrier trial and looks to have come back better than ever. He clocked the quickest time (00:56:06) of the 12 950m heats that day and did it very comfortably. Although he’s failed to place in two starts at the track, that was when he was young, and he came back a completely different horse after a six-month break. William Pike goes aboard and should be able to steer him to victory from the somewhat tricky gate. 

Race 7 - BELMONT CLASSIC - 2200m - 04:25pm

I don’t want to take ridiculous odds about GATTING but he does look hard to beat if he can back up again. This is the main query; the fact he’s racing for the third consecutive week. He was unlucky not to beat Variation two starts back when caught wide without cover throughout, but he bounced back last week when coming from last in an easier race. 


I think LUKE’S GOLD can turn the tables on War God here. Last time they met, War God has a clear fitness advantage and Luke’s Gold was stepping up to 1400m for the first time this campaign which is why he peaked on his run late when charging home from last. He has since defeated Stocks over 1600m and has been given a quick freshen-up. With three wins and a 2nd from four starts at the track, he clearly races best here and can storm home for another victory.

Doomben (Steve Bennett)

Race 5. UBET Plate (Class 3) 1200m
The Ben Currie trained Song One has not looked back since transferring from Rob Griffith’s stables in Victoria and is relishing the warmer Queensland weather. After three starts for his new trainer, he’s enjoyed a quinella finish on each occasion including a first-up win at Toowoomba carrying 60.5kgs. His last start second behind Khalama was very impressive spotting the winner two kgs over the shorter 1050m trip.

He lines up here against similar company second-up after a five week freshen-up and looks well paced at the weights. Matthew McGillvray saddles up again and with his claim sees the horse carry 57.5kgs. He maps well and should be sitting mid-field with cover early and should be thereabouts on the turn. Great value.

Race 6. Stav, Abbey And Matt With Osher’s Open Hcp 1200m
Primal Flight and Flamboyer look to set a solid pace here which will put some pressure on the back-markers. This will be ideal for Sony Legend as he can be sitting in the one, one with cover all round. He has been racing without luck of late and found the heavy going at Eagle Farm too much for him. He was an unlucky fifth here two starts back, beaten less than a length. The soft track and 59kgs beat him that day.

He drops 4.5kgs here and is drawn well in gate six. Bridget Grylls jumps aboard for her maiden ride on the gelding and has ridden winners for the Brian Smith stable this season. The Hard Spun six-year-old looks set to return to the winner’s circle here.

Race 9.  Winning Edge Presentations Hcp 1350m
Pre-post markets suggest this to be a two-horse affair however with conflicting barrier draws it may prove to be more than that. The So You Think gelding, Care To Think is drawn perfectly in gate three however does tend to get back in his races while he main rival Prioritise has drawn the car park and will be doing a lot more work to get across and find cover from gate 16.

Care To Think has been the bridesmaid in three of his last four runs and seems to appreciate the sting out of the ground. After finishing second in the Grafton Guineas Prelude he had no luck when finishing with the silver medal again over 11200m at Toowoomba. The 1350m here looks ideal for the three-year-old and with a clear run home will be hard to hold out.

Flemington (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 2 - WILSON MEDIC ONE RISING STARS FINAL - 1600m - 12:25pm

Sticking with HELL OR HIGHWATER who is getting fitter with each run and looks suited dropping back in class as she goes up to 1600m at her fourth run this time in. She improved out of sight to score a four-length win over Avenue Whisper when fourth-up last campaign, and this is an ideal assignment. 

Race 4 - MURRAY COX HANDICAP - 1400m - 01:35pm

The blinkers saw an improved effort from KEN’S DREAM last start when he charged home from last over 1200m. I get the feeling he’ll be better again with a bend to ping off over the slightly longer 1400m trip. He’s rock-hard-fit and will be charging home again. 

Race 7 - GEORGE WATSON HANDICAP - 2000m - 03:35pm

The Robert Hickmott-trained KILIMANJARO is one serious racehorse and I think he’ll win the Melbourne Cup this year. He seems to be following an identical path to Almandin who resumed after a 102-week spell and then had his second run spaced. Ironically, Almandin finished last behind Killarney Kid who lines up on Saturday, but unlike Almandin who carried 60kg when second-up, Kilimanjaro carries just 54kg. He also performed much better in his first Australian run when only getting clear late and charging home. Look for this flashy grey storming down the outside and then storming into Cup calculations.

Race 8 - DOMAIN PLATE - 1400m - 04:15pm

Darren Weir’s MOONLITES CHOICE was an impressive winner last Saturday, and the way she let down indicated she was looking for further than 1200m. She now lines up in a 1400m race, and with Craig Williams guiding her from barrier 1, she’ll be hard to hold out. 

Race 9 - FLEMINGTON EVENT STAFF HANDICAP - 1100m - 04:50pm

This looks ideal for I’M TELLING YA who only faded late to be beaten less than a length by Highland Beat who again lines up in opposition. I’m Telling Ya has more upside and now meets his last start victor 3.5kg better at the weights, and he represents great each-way value.

Gold Coast (Steve Bennett)

Race 6. Spring Carnival Book Now Hcp (Class 3) 1400m
Scott Morrisey’s Savabeel gelding Wack’em beat all but one home last start in a much harder race. In class 5 company he took over at the 200m only to be nailed short of the line by Biantic. Three starts back he won a class 2 over 1200m on this track.

He maps well from gate six here and should be sitting around mid-field and with a clear run home will be hard to beat. Jockey Shannon Doyle has ridden him to his last two victories. He drops back to class 3 company and is a three time winner at the track.

Race 7. Event Centre Derby Day Hcp (Class 1) 1100m
The Kelly Schweida trained Desirable Miss gets her chance to return to the winner’s circle here with conditions much more suited to her style of racing. Her last start third at Ipswich on a Heavy 10 was full of merit in harder BM60 company. 

She is four starts into this campaign and can match it with this field. She is drawn perfectly in the rails gate and should be right on the pace. The dry track is an added bonus and is well placed at the weights as well. 

Race 8. Gallery Trackside Tapas Hcp (BM75) 1200m
A big field with several laying claims to victory here. Lightweight Hidden Rose has done enough so far to warrant some respect in this company. Three starts back the Hidden Dragon mare ran third here over 1100m in a class 4 Hcp. Next up she grabbed second prize in BM65 over 1200m on the Sunshine Coast. Then last start, she beat home a class 5 field here over 1200m.

Now an eight-year-old, she can still match it with these based on her current form. From gate four, she will settle close to mid-field and have ample cover for the trip. Coming in on the limit she does meet this lot well with just 54kgs to carry. Certainly great each-way value here.  

Kembla Grange (Ric Chapman)


SEVERENCE is a beautifully-bred 3YO colt By Redoute's Choice and he had tongues wagging when he resumed from a spell and flew home from the tail to grab 3rd this grade at Newcastle. Fitter now and is ready to pounce late.


HIGH CITADEL ran a blinder from the back of the pack in what is proving a very strong maiden over 1000m here a few weeks back. He was just nabbed winding up 2nd and it's set him up for a great effort here. Form of horses back in the field has been good since. Respect him here.


If we continue the theme that particular maiden at this track a few weeks back was really strong, then we must like LEWINSKY in this - because Lewinski won the thing. It was first run from spell and she is clearly back in terrific fashion. This is harder but she stormed home to win that maiden and should be right in the finish here.

Morphettville (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 1 - JAMES BOAG'S PREMIUM HANDICAP - 1950m - 12:03pm

I’m very excited about the chances of Darren Weir’s ANNAMAN who absolutely loves rain-affected ground. The son of Mossman was having his first start for Weir at Caulfield last start and he really caught the eye working home stylishly. The step up in trip is ideal and he’ll be charging home.

Race 5 - OAKLANDS PLATE - 1400m - 02:33pm

I think Tony McEvoy can Trifecta this race but BRING ME ROSES is the one I want to be on most. This filly was looking for further last start in a good quality race over 1200m and she has since trialled very smartly. Gets blinkers for the first time and will just need a touch of luck from the wide gate. 

Race 8 - SCHWEPPES HANDICAP - 1400m - 04:32pm

BALF’S CHOICE was very impressive winning last Saturday and he’s set to peak fourth-up from a spell on the quick back-up. He’ll get the softest of runs from the inside gate and as long as he gets clear at the top of the straight, he’s the one they all have to beat. 

Randwick (Ric Chapman)

Race 2 - 12:10PM TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1400m)

I just love NIC'S VENDETTA. He tries so hard and just runs through the line. Beat similar field last start and is fitter now. Hard to hold out. SUNCRAZE has been runner-up past 6 starts....looks to be smart but a non-winner.


This filly SUPER TOO trialled so impressively last week, she just has to be tipped here. She appears to be extremely fast. I'm on her from CUDABEEN. It's a good race.


SOUND PROPOSITION was Gr 1 placed in NZ then came here and after a couple of starts showed his true colours with a win this grade at Randwick last start being on pace all way. Not in that race, but equally as impressive was QLD visitor MAN OF HIS WORD last start. He stormed home from a mile back for 2nd place in this company. They look the two here but I think the Qlder can finish too well and claim the prize.

Toowoomba (Steve Bennett)

To be added Friday, July 21.

Townsville (Steve Bennett)

To be added Friday, July 21.


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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.

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