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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.

BELMONT (Aaron Hamilton)


With the scratching of Floyd, this race should go to RHI’S ROCKET who trialled very impressively. She doesn’t have a great first-up record but she scored a very soft 950m trial win in a time of 56:28 which was nearly six lengths quicker than Glimmer Girl went on the same day. Rhi’s Rocket did it much easier in the trial and looks to have come back in great order.
Race 4 - CROWN TOWERS HANDICAP (1400m) 3:20pm

NASHVILLE CAT wasn’t suited dropping back to 1000m last time where he was simply run off his legs by Floyd and co. Fifth-up from a spell and gets out to 1400m where he can settle toward the rear with the blinkers off before William Pike lights him up in the straight and charges to victory.
Race 8 - MUMM CHAMPAGNE HANDICAP (1300m) 5:42pm

Admittedly, ATLANTA BLUE had every chance last start, but he has a great record at the track, is ultra-consistent and should be given a chance as he steps up to 1300m. He might be looking for that extra trip where it takes the sharp sprint out of a few and brings stamina into the equation that little bit more. Should land in the box seat from gate 3 and will be challenging late.

CAULFIELD (Aaron Hamilton)


BRAVE SMASH is short and may not have looked dominant last start when winning at Moonee Valley, but he was caught wide and did a fantastic job to score. He was runner-up to Vega Magic at this track when resuming, and with a soft run behind the speed and natural improvement to come before The Everest, he’ll be finishing best.

A wide open affair but there’s value to be had. The top three in the market, Stampede, ABBEY MARIE and Samovare, all contested 1600m races at Moonee Valley on September 9, and considering Abbey Marie ran three lengths quicker and will definitely be better suited over more ground, it’s hard to go past her from the good gate. She took out the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) when third-up in her first campaign, and then she didn’t appreciate the Soft tracks when third and fourth-up next campaign. Stampede has plenty of upside and should take up the running, but as long as the track is in the Good rating, Abbey Marie will be hitting the line hard to challenge late.

Keen to stick with JAMAICAN RAIN who should land in the box seat following an ultra-impressive victory at Morphettville over this trip when second-up. She ran much quicker time than Gailo Chop did in the Penny Edition Stakes on the same day, and with natural improvement to come, as well as just 54kg on her back, she’ll be hard to beat.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 12:38PM REMAX Maiden Plate (2200 METRES)

A true staying test for winless runners here with SIDEWALK TALK the big improver in the field. Trained by Tony Gollan, he lines up here coming off a solid third placing on this track two weeks ago. He was shuffled back mid-race then shifted out at the 600m but still finished strongly. He maps well and is expected to get back at the start however with the smaller field here it shouldn’t matter too much. Jackson Morris has his first ride on the Redoute’s Choice gelding but is no stranger to the Gollan stable holding a 21% success rate on their horses to date. He looks ready to win and can measure up to this field.
Race 4 - 2:23PM WPIAS PINK SPECTRE Fillies and Mares Class 1 Handicap (1100 METRES)

WINTER BRIDE lines up here for her new trainer Toby Edmonds and will have fresh legs after a two month let-up. Formerly trained by Peter Robi at Randwick, she was transferred to the Edmonds stable in August and has had a hit-out on this course where she ran a respectable third. After drawing gate six, the Not a Single Doubt filly will more than likely be ridden back in the small field and be doing her best work late. She is a winner at the trip and will give a bold sight for her new trainer against this field. 
Race 8 - 5:03PM GCTC PROUDLY SUPPORTS PRC RACEDAY Class 5 Handicap (1800 METRES)

Locally trained by John Smerdon, KINCAPLE CHIEF has hit a purple patch of form and looks well placed in this field. After a solid win in a BM65 at Lismore, the Pentire gelding then travelled to Ballina where he took on a BM67 over 1900m where he appeared to over race and was hampered in the run home. He still managed to grab third prize whilst lumping 60.5kgs. He is drawn well in gate four here and has Luke Rolls remaining aboard where he has been for the gelding’s last five races so he knows the horse well. Rolls also has a strong association with the Smerdon stable and holds a 22% success rate with them having ridden 18 winners for them to date. This race looks tailor made for the seven-year-old and should give a bold sight.

IPSWICH (Steve Bennett)

Race 2 - 12:22PM CNE CONCRETE PUMPING QTIS 3-Y-O Fillies Handicap (1200 METRES)

There’s plenty of speed among these fillies and MISS EXFACTOR is the one they will all have to run down here. Leading trainer Tony Gollan has a very well bred three-year-old here who is resuming from her maiden win at the Gold Coast back in March this year. She then spent six months in the paddock and returned to work with an impressive barrier trial victory, beating home class 2 company by 2.5 lengths. She is first-up but going on her trial performance she will be mighty hard to beat here. Her sire (Your Song) was a Group 1 winner, beating home Buffering (4th) in the BTC Cup at Eagle Farm back in 2013 so she isn’t short of ‘fast blood’. Gollan and Jim Byrne team up again here and being the only jockey to have ridden her, he will know how to ride her in this. The speed map has her perfectly placed from gate four where she should be leading the way with Adoradancer as company. She is short odds but looks the goods against these.

Vengeance is mine, sayeth VASSAL as the Dansili gelding lines up after an unlucky last start second at Doomben behind Outraged. Now residing at Chris Waller’s Gold Coast stables, the six-year-old showed a lot of fighting spirit last start to sit on the pace and still come within a whisker of taking home the gold. This will be a slightly easier contest and has Jim Byrne backing up from his last start to try and go one better. Race tactics will play a major role here and although drawn well in gate four, Byrne may choose to sit back this time with so much early speed around him and let the front runners fight it out for the lead. A performance similar to last start will see him right in this.
Race 6 - 2:47PM IRON JACK BEER BenchMark 85 Handicap (1200 METRES)

 A wall of these will be fighting it out for the front running with so much early gate speed among these. Several of the top chances have all drawn wide so they may have to push forward early. Sitting back behind them will be OUR BEEBEE who is perfectly drawn in gate one here and will enjoy the cover from there. Resuming from a spell, The Red Dazzler mare won three straight before tackling two harder races where she found the competition a little too tough. Her latest effort at Doomben wasn’t bad when taking on the 1600m on a wet track where she finished mid-field.  Back to a dry track here and the 1200m trip where she is already a winner and she is unbeaten first-up. She is coming off a solid barrier trial at Toowoomba finishing second behind Kid Cruize. We may be asking a lot but jockey Jim Byrne is aboard again here and hopefully he has a very successful day for us.  



I must say I'm rapidly becoming a fan of these Plate races. They are designed to make the best horse in the field win and my job is to find the best horse. I think RAISE AN ARMY is that horse this time. Suited here 2nd up and should park along the rails, fall alseep middle stages, and press on for a nice win.

I know there are two or three other handy maiden gallopers in this, but ICON OF DUBAI maps through the roof. And with the added assistance of a 1.5kg claim for Nick Heywood, he almost rates a good thing.

Two starts back this filly ALL TOO GOOD came home with a red light on her head, from near enough to last in a big field and grabbed 4th, whittling ground off leader with every start. Rushed up 250m next start and ridden on pace so her effort to hang on for 3rd this grade was commendable. Hopefully connections allow her to drift back a litt here and run on.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)


The drop back in trip suits SHARING SECRETS whose 1050m times are comparable with the favourite, Mondo Magic. The son of Testa Rossa was unlucky in two runs over 1050m earlier this campaign before seeming not running out the 1250m last time. Clare Lindop will need to put in one of her best from the tricky gate, but she’ the woman to do it and can bring this one home for an overdue win.
Race 5 - UBET HANDICAP (1250m) 3:16pm

Sticking with SO SKILLED who was slightly disappointing last time but may have just lost interest when held up and lost momentum early in the straight. His peak performance last campaign was when third-up, so further improvement can be expected on Saturday as he drops back slightly in grade and only carries 1.5kg more. EMBECEE LIL ($18) is one for the multiples following an unlucky run last time. 

Gee BLACK SHEEP looks hard to beat in this with no weight on his back. He sat wide without cover last time over 1600m and carried 58.5kg and now goes up slightly in class but only has to carry 51kg. He does his best work on Good ground and should get that on Saturday with some warm weather in Adelaide leading up to Saturday.

ROSEHILL (Ric Chapman)


Just been trying to work out how they are going to beat this top weight BROADSIDE. He's in form and he's getting fitter. Plus, and here's the thing I can't go past, he's the only speed. Should lead all the way.


This is a really, really strong Class 2 Highway. We have two highly touted bushies in Don’t Give A Damn and MAJESTIC PEDRILLE. Both are relatively lightly raced but both will be midfield until turn. Both have a good turn of speed and both are drawn very handily. I'm on the mare Majestic Pedrille though. She ran 2nd in that strong BM 72 Godolphin Tiara at Muswellbrook recently and should be cherry ripe for this.

Race 8 - 4:35PM GOLDEN PENDANT (1400 METRES)

Outstanding gathering of mares. Many of these clashed recently when all beaten behind Ravi. But there were a couple of hard luck stories in that race and I'm on one of them here. DANISH TWIST was jog-trotting, held up, with 300m to go when all the others were full bore with their momentum up. She got going late and ended up 7th but I can assure you if she had been able to find clear room, she nearly wins. And this time around she will be big odds.


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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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