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

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BELMONT (Adam Cusworth)

Race 7 at Belmont is a Rating 64+ and CRYPTIC LOVE can be a force to be reckoned with back over the 1000m. The consistent performer from the Doug Harrison yard was a winner here four starts ago and has had a bit of a luckless time of it since then, placing in two and missing out in another when held up at a vital time. She has drawn barrier 4 and gets the steer from Willy Pike, who jumps onto the four-year-old for the first time. The leading hoop will settle in a midfield spot and with the pace tipped to be on from the outset, his mount can go very close. 

This looks to be a nice race for FORCEFUL in which to resume. The Grant & Alana Williams-trained galloper has won six of 13 and comes off a winning trial in the lead up. He won two of his past four before the break and is unbeaten at the track and distance with two wins from as many starts. At the start of his last campaign he got too far back when only managing to run 9th but was a winner when fresh at his campaign prior. The jockey of the moment, Jade McNaught, takes the ride and the 2kg claim brings her mount right into it. 

CAULFIELD (Jackson Oldham)

Race 2 - 1:10pm 4CYTE for Living Legends Hcp (1600m)
This looks a two-horse race and I’m happy to be with the outsider of the two, SKIDDAW. He had excuses behind Condo’s Express in listed grade two starts ago at The Valley and was $9.00 into $5.50 last start. He was back on the fence, which clearly was the worst part of the track and I was impressed with his last 200m, running into third. He was one of only three horses to who finished in the top three who were on the fence in run over the entire meeting.The danger is the favourite Long Jack, who ripped home 5.8 lengths above the class benchmark for his final 600m first-up in Australia at Ballarat and he looks a type who will get over much further than 1400m. He looks a Derby prospect but I can’t back a horse off a slow run race on the synthetic into Saturday grade at this price. Looking at the other two horses hard in the market, The Lifeline won and controlled an average midweek race at Sandown and did start $21. The other horse is Huntly Castle who just got over the top of Purrfect Scent at Bendigo before winning an average race at Flemington for two-year-olds, beating Marndarra who finished third in a five horse field at Benchmark 70 level at her next start and Presently, who is whacking around in a Sale maiden on Thursday.

Race 6 - 3:35pm East Malvern Bendigo Bank MRC Foundation Cup (2000 METRES)
I was with the Lindsay Park-trained SIKANDARABAD last start in the Feehan Stakes at The Valley and I’m happy to stick with him after a luckless run. There was support for him first-up in the Lawrence ($34 into $21). He got all the favours along the fence but was really strong through the line, running the second-fastest last 200m of the race and was taking ground off the likes of Hartnell and Cliff’s Edge late. He was just totally unsuited last start behind Homesman who controlled the race in front, running 1.9 lengths slower than class benchmark to the 600m. Sikandarabad was wide and swooping, when finally clear at the top of the straight he ripped home for sixth, running the eighth-fastest 600m-400m split of the race, the seventh-fastest 400m-200m split and the fastest last 200m of the race, while also running the fourth-fastest last 200m of the entire meeting. He gets M.Dee on which certinaly isn’t a huge positive but I’m confident enough that he can give the horse a good steer from barrier six. Some corporates went up as much as $12 in the early markets, that was clearly the wrong price. I’m still happy to take the price on offer but I will wait as we will more than likely get $6.50-$7.00 on the day.

Race 7 - 4:15PM Ladbrokes Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400 METRES)

EAGLE FARM (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 11:53AM TAB Fillies and Mares BENCHMARK 85 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Second-up here, LA SCOPA comes back to racing her own sex and looks well-placed in this. After winning the Country Championship Qualifier at Grafton, she couldn’t match it with them in the final at Randwick, finishing mid-field behind Noble Boy. She was then spelled for 22 weeks and resumed here two weeks ago where she finished sixth, beaten 1.5 lengths in a Class 6, 1000m sprint. The Show A Heart mare steps up to the 1200m here and although up in weight, should find this race more suitable. Second-up and fitter, she represents good value in this small field.

Race 4 - 1:38PM MOUNT FRANKLIN Class 3 Plate (1600 METRES)
All indications point to a victory here for ITALIA BELLA who returns to her pet distance and is dropping in weight and grade. After 12 months off the scene, She needed a couple of hit-outs before finding her racing legs again. Last start, she was third-up and showed signs she was back when finishing a close-up second in a Class 4 at the Sunshine Coast, grabbed on the line in the 1400m event. She steps up to the 1600m here where she recorded two of her three career wins. Drawn the fence, she should be cherry-ripe for this and with Jim Byrne remaining in the saddle, she looks right in the mix.

Odds correct as at 5:30AM (AEST) on 19/09/2019

Race 7 - 3:27PM COCA COLA No Metro Wins Handicap (1400 METRES)
Nicely-bred, by Rothesay out of a Mossman mare, ENTERPRISE PRINCE has impressed to date and looks a solid winning chance again. The four-year-old finished too strong for them at Ipswich three starts back, winning that Class 2 comfortably. He then franked that form by going back-to-back with another win at the Sunshine Coast in Class 3 company that day. Last start, he made the big jump in grade to Class 6 company over 1350m and ran on well to finish third behind Langhro and Auerbach which was a mighty effort. That’s good form coming into this event and Brad Stewart returns to the saddle, having won twice previously on him. He maps well from gate five and should prove hard to beat in the run home.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 12:43PM RADIOTAB QTIS Three-Years-Old Class 2 Handicap (900 METRES)
You can’t knock winning form and lately, BLUE ODYSSEY has been producing just that. Second-up, the three-year-old made easy work of it when winning his maiden over 900m, then franked that effort last start by beating home a BM65 field over the same distance. Both victories were on this track and this looks no harder. With a little luck in running from the wide gate, he looks on track to make it a hat-trick.

There is no better ambassador for consistency than the Don Baker-trained SNIPSTREAM at the moment. In his current campaign, he has seven top-three finishes from his nine starts this time in, winning four of them. After winning a Class 5 at Ipswich, he just failed to win again when beaten a neck in a No Metro Win here over 1100m. Last start he took on similar company in the city and wasn’t disgraced when finishing fourth, beaten just over a length in a 1200m challenge at Eagle Farm where he drew the outside gate (14). This looks a little easier and in a small field, he is right in the mix.

Race 6 - 3:43PM BIRKBECKS JEWELLERS PINK RIBBON CUP Fillies and Mares Class 3 Handicap (1400 METRES)
She is yet to fire this time in but keep your eye on MISS AMBER here. A nicely bred mare by Sepoy out of a Danehill Dancer mare, she finished off her previous campaign in great style which included back-to-back wins in similar company to this event. Two poor efforts since resuming has led the stable to fitting blinkers for the first time which could make all the difference. Third-up and much fitter now, she could quite easily bob-up here at big odds.

Race 7 - 4:23PM SOUTH COAST RADIOLOGY Colts, Geldings and Entires Class 3 Handicap (1400 METRES)
A major gear change will be tried on WHITEBAIT PATTIE here that trainer, Tom Cowan believes will help his five-year-old towards another win. Four starts back from a 15-week spell, he still wasn’t at his best until last start where he beat all but Ardoyne Road home in a Class 2 over 1100m. He is stepping up in grade and will be looking at 1400m for just the second time but he did finish off well first time, running third that day. He latest effort was full of merit and Glen Colless is sticking with him here. 

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

SHOP TIL I DROP has been very impressive in her past three wins as she descended upon them with authority in the straight and got the job done. Her last start benchmark (BM) performance of 3.6 lengths above BM was her best yet and rates higher than all bar Reiby The Red who has one stronger performance with a light weight but has to carry 6kg more here and can’t replicate that with 60kg. Fifth-up from a spell, she should be at peak fitness, and she can make it four in a row on Saturday. 

Race 5 - 3:16PM TOKYO CITY CUP (1800 METRES)
Muntahaa is a Group 1 winner and impressed with a recent three-length trial win, but he is being aimed at the Melbourne Cup and may need the run here. The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-prepared PIERROCITY has powered to the line in her past two and she drops 4kg on that last run where they went very fast early. Valac has a habit of setting hot early speeds, and that will suit Pierrocity who will be looking to run on with the light weight. 

THE DIFFERENCE is a horse that the McEvoy stable have high hopes for and have been very patient with. He won in quick time on debut but then disappointed next time when going much slower at the same track and trip when beaten by Thompson’s Reward. He meets that galloper 1.5kg better at the weights but more importantly, he’s open to so much more improvement. 

RANDWICK (Aaron Hamilton) 

I’m willing to take on Libertini here and it’s not because of what looked a tradesman-like performance last start. She only just got there to defeat Villami who dictated terms out in front with a slow tempo which made it hard for any runner to make ground. With the slow early tempo, Libertini had to dig deep when coming home in 11.28 for the final 600m. Earlier in the day, FUNSTAR was first-up from a spell and sat on a quicker early tempo while carrying 2kg more than Libertini, yet she still clocked a slicker final 200m when finishing off in 11.26. Libertini is untried on a Heavy track and suffered her only defeat on a Soft track, while Funstar ran a very slick final 200m (11.24) when second-up on a Heavy track last preparation. Of course, there are plenty of other chances in the race, but Funstar ticks a lot of boxes and can finish best on the Heavy Randwick track. 

Chris Waller saddles up five in this race, yet James McDonald rides the Jamie Richards-prepared AVANTAGE – that’s a big pointer in itself. She won her only start on a Heavy track when defeating Resin at Rosehill Gardens before finishing 3rd behind Classique Legend and Jonker in a race that rated extremely high – and that pair now line up in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) and are being aimed at The Everest. Despite drawing wide, with a touch of luck early, I can see the mare coming across and slotting in one out and one back and enjoying the perfect trail. 

This is a tough event and it wouldn’t surprise to see any of the 11 entrants win, but the odds are enticing for PIERATA who ran the quickest 600m, 400m and 200m of the entire meeting when charging home for 2nd behind Redzel in the Concorde Stakes (1000m). The extra trip suits and he’s proven in the wet. He just needs a touch of luck from the tricky gate, and if Tommy Berry can bring him into it at the right time, he’s the one to storm over the top of them. 


TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 5:42PM KENNARDS HIRE BENCHMARK 60 Handicap (1300 METRES)
Second-up here LITTLE JOHN from the Lindsay Hatch stable should strip fitter and prove hard to beat. The five-year-old wasn’t disgraced when finishing fourth behind Another Sin in a Class 5 here last start. He ran home nicely to finish within three lengths of the winner after more than six-months in the paddock. He drops sharply in grade here and will carry 61kgs but he is good enough to handle that. The wide gate shouldn’t worry him as he is a natural slow starter and will drop early anyway. Watch for him in the run home.

Race 2 - 6:15PM HELLO HARRY Class 1 Handicap (1875 METRES)
The Tony Gollan-trained NEWSTEAD drops back in grade here and will prove hard to beat. It took him eight attempts but two starts back he finally broke through for his maiden win, here over 1850m. Gollan then stepped him up to Class 2 grade over 2175m which proved too much for him, finishing mid-field beaten almost five lengths in the run home. He drops back to Class 1 company here and returns to the 1875m journey as well. After Madeleine Wishart’s claim, he will carry just 57kgs here, 2kgs less than he carried in his maiden win. He has drawn wide but does have enough early gate speed to cross and find clover near the pace. He’s in good form and fit enough to worry this lot out of it.

Race 3 - 6:45PM COCA COLA AMATIL Class 2 Handicap (1050 METRES)
The well-bred PIERIDAE is resuming here but has a good record on fresh legs and is sure to trouble this field. By Hinchinbrook out of a Redoute’s Choice mare, the five-year-old mare has finished top-two in all three starts at this track and trip. Last campaign was one she would sooner forget finishing without a single top-three finish and second-up was disqualified for weighing-in light. She is now resuming after 17 weeks in the paddock and on fresh legs, I am expecting a bold showing from the Lindsay Hatch-trained mare.


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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