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.

ASCOT (Adam Cusworth)

The two-year-old fillies line up in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes and NICCOVI can run a big race despite drawing wide. She was a narrow runner-up in the Magic Millions WA 2YO (1200m) at Pinjarra two starts ago before dropping back to the 1100m, defeating Prim And Proper as a short price favourite on February 23. On that occasion the two cleared out in the dying stages. Prim And Proper has since claimed the Supremacy Stakes (1000m) at Listed level. Niccovi should have the pace to overcome the wide draw and if she doesn't use up too much fuel early on she will be hard to beat. 

Race 6 - 4:05PM GRANDSTAND CUP (1500 METRES)
The Grandstand Cup pits together some handy performers up against one another at Listed level and it is CELEBRITY DREAM that looks to be well placed. The Adam Durrant-trained galloper has won 10 of his 24 starts and couldn't quite overcome the wide barrier at his latest when placing 4th behind Achernar Star in the recent Bunbury Stakes (1400m). He meets that horse slightly better at the weights and has drawn much better. He should be nearing his peak at his third run back after a six week layoff and will be very strong at the finish. 

MORNINGTON (Jackson Oldham)

Race 3 - 1:25pm Bentons Square Handicap (1200m)
At the price, I think the Wez Hunter-trained CALL IT A DAY is the best value bet on Mornington Cup Day. The six-year-old gelding is trained on the track which is a big advantage at Mornington and I thought his first-up second at Cranbourne was that of a coming winner. He flew home to run second behind Seven Year Reward and finished ahead of Sweet Snitty who won impressive at Pakenham on Thursday night. He ran the second-fastest last 200m of the meeting, fastest last 400m of the meeting and second-fastest last 600m of the meeting. Second-up last preparation he ran behind Eduardo and followed that up with a second behind Rox The Castle at his next start. It isn’t hard to find him when you go through his form last preparation. He beat All Hard Wood who beat Declarationofheart who ran so well in the Australian Guineas. He went down by a nose to the highly-talented Tamasa. He maps to either find the lead or sit outside Engiman and looks an outstanding each-way price.

Race 7 - 4:10pm Ladbrokes Mornington Cup (2400m)
With the scratching of Midterm, the Jarrod McLean-trained TRAP FOR FOOLS looks a complete moral in the Mornington Cup. He ran so well last start in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) and was only beaten 1.1 lengths. Two starts ago he wasn’t far off Avilius and we only have to go back to last Spring where he beat an Irish Derby winner in Latrobe to win the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m). I’ve heard some arguments saying that when he stepped out to 2500m, he was beaten by Ventura Storm and those people clearly haven’t looked at the data. He went 8.7 lengths faster than the Group 2 benchmark to the 600m and I thought his effort to hang on and run second behind Ventura Storm who had the complete run of the race was outstanding. The blinkers go back on Ventura Storm, I imagine because Luke Nolen got off him last start and said “This horse is deadset taking this piss”. Stars Of Carrum and Hang Man both have ability but will be getting too far back. With Midterm out, Trap For Fools looks the only speed in the race. He will be leading, controlling the race and winning.

EAGLE FARM (Steve Bennett)

Race 6 - 3:42PM BRISBANE RACING CARNIVAL 2019 OPEN Handicap (1000 METRES)
Three starts into this preparation and MR MARBELLOUZ is back where he left off last campaign, winning. This son of Love Conquers All is conquering all himself recording seven wins from his 12 career starts. Second-up he just missed reeling in the handy Spurcraft over 1110m at Doomben. The last start, with fitness at it’s peak, he blew them away over the 1200m journey at the same track, putting more than three lengths on the field as he ran the trip in 1:08.8. He’s back. Drawn ideally here in gate five, he should get a gun run from there and at his peak, he looks the winner.

Race 7 - 4:18PM TAB BenchMark 80 Handicap (1800 METRES)
If he can overcome the wide draw, CLEVANICC looks right in the mix here. The Kris Lees-trained five-year-old is as honest as they come, finishing top three in seven of his past nine starts, winning two of his past three. After winning a BM70 over 1550m at Canterbury, he then finished a close-up second at the same track and trip against similar company. Lees then stepped him up to 1850m at Newcastle and he relished the challenge, winning the BM70 by 3.5 lengths while carrying 59kgs. He steps up in grade here but does drop in weight. He does have good early gate speed and if Ryan Maloney can get find a sit mid-field and with cover, he will be running on at the finish. He looks great each-way value here.

Race 8 - 4:53PM TAB OPEN Handicap (1500 METRES)
Going for a winning hat-trick here, the Ben Currie-trained SWORD OF JUSTICE looks well placed and drawn to pull it off. The six-year-old is in great touch of late and both recent victories were full of merit. Two starts back he jumped from the car park (gate 14 of 14) and still put two lengths on Dreams Aplenty and Oink over 1350m at Doomben. Last start he stepped up to Listed company and was just as impressive, winning the 1615m event by more than two lengths. He comes back to 1500m which shouldn’t be an issue and after the claim will carry just 1kg more than last start. Down in grade here, he should be on the speed early and as long as the pace is genuine, he looks the hardest to beat in the run home.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 1 - 1:06PM TAB Handicap (1300 METRES)
I have to say I’m surprised to see AMBERDI at even money here as I thought she’d be a lot shorter. She is a model of consistency and just struggled to run a strong mile third-up last start at her first go at the trip – I’m not saying it’s beyond her but maybe she needs more fitness, or the class and that trip was too high. She now drops back to 1300m and looks perfectly suited with Raquel Clark aboard. 

Race 7 - 5:06PM Nutella Palooza – April 20 at Morphettville Racecourse Handicap (1550 METRES)
MOGHUL EMPIRE goes up in class but carries 2kg less after winning at this track and trip when second-up last start. Fitness was the only concern last time, but he should come on from that run and is capable of significant improvement. All Hard Wood brings strong form from Melbourne having defeated Declarationofheart last time, and that galloper has since finished runner-up in the Group 2 Alister Clarke Stakes (2040m), but All Hard Wood has a great first-up record and seems to suffer the second-up blues so I’m willing to risk him and stick with the in-form local who looks set to peak.

ROSEHILL (Aaron Hamilton)

CLASSIQUE LEGEND is one of the most exciting up-and-coming gallopers in NSW. He was far too good on debut and then tackled BM70 company and won by six lengths and was eased down with 30m to go. Kerrin McEvoy still hasn’t asked him for a supreme effort in a race, and I’m sure he’s got another gear to use if needed. The Godolphin horse, Wagner, ran over a shorter trip on the same day and ran slower sectionals, and I can’t see him beating Classique Legend. Gem Song looks hardest to beat, but I’m expecting Classique Legend to make it three in a row. 

Yes, Yes, Yes! And I don’t mean Chris Waller’s Golden Slipper hopeful. I’m excited for ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN to find a wet track. The import is yet to win in Australia, but he went close in the St Leger (2800m) last spring behind Big Blue who is first-up on Saturday. Big Blue had two hurdle races before the St Leger, and this time around he’s only been given a short trial and a hurdle trial – I’m guessing the Sydney Cup is his target and he’ll be underdone. One Foot In Heaven really caught the eye first-up in the James Ruse (1500m) at Rosehill on a Soft 7 and immediately went into the black book. Despite having an inkling he needs a wet track, I stuck with him last start in the Randwick City Stakes (2000m) on a Good track, and despite not being suited on the going, he was only 3.9 lengths from Hiyaam and Shraaoh. He now meets Shraaoh 2kg better at the weights and should be ready to run a big race over a suitable trip on a suitable track. 


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.



*Over 18s only. Wagering requirements apply. State exclusions apply to some offers. Exc. NSW, SA, WA & VIC. Please read the T&Cs of each offer with each bookmaker.

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