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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.



Tony McEvoy’s babies are flying this spring and only one has missed the placings. He sends two around in this event, and while Secret Blaze won a barrier trial at Gawler last Friday, I was far from impressed with the performance as he was pushed right out to chase down the outside while others did it much easier. OOHOOD on the other hand finished 4th of five in an 800m trial at Morphettville and was far more impressive. The leaders went quick early and were pushed out to the line but Oohood just cruised behind them and could have gobbled them up at any stage if she was asked to. The daughter of I Am Invincible will drop in behind the speed and will be looking to finish over the top of them.
Race 3 - LADBROKES SANDOWN CUP - 3200m - 1:35pm

This looks like GALLIC CHIEFTAIN’s race. He clearly had the better of Fanatic in the Geelong Cup and that galloper scored impressively last start and lines up in opposition again. Gallic Chieftain then went to the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2800m) and go way too far out of his ground before working home strongly down the outside. 3200m should suit and he’ll be storming home in the straight. 

Considering I don’t rate Secret Blaze in the first race and Jamie Kah heads to Sandown for two rides, her second and only other ride on the day can score. Kah could have stayed in Adelaide and had a full book of rides but has opted to tackle Sandown with two rides for McEvoy. She piloted DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR to victory at his past three starts including a very impressive win last start at Flemington in the Lavazza Short Black (1400m) on Cup Day. The son of High Chaparral is flying this time in and should get a soft run from barrier 3 before exploding to the front like he did last start. 

DOOMBEN (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - EVIAN Hcp (BM90) 2200m

The small field here will suit the Chris Waller trained My Giuliano who is in a purple patch of form lately. After showing little in Sydney, the Choisir gelding was moved to the QLD stables where he has improved greatly. After finishing sixth at his first QLD start on the Sunshine Coast he then took a crack at city class where he was a fast  finishing second in open class on a heavy track over 2200m. He then went one better next start where he came from near last on the turn to grab victory in a BM90 over 2040m at Doomben on a dry track. He is up 3kgs from his latest efforts but with little pace in the race and the small field to contend with he should be box seating and enjoy a soft run to the turn. This field looks no harder than his last lot of rivals, so there’s no reason why he can’t repeat the dose here.
Race 3 - Pullman Brisbane Airport Plate (Class 3) 1050m

Plenty of early speed here which will assist Capital Connection deal with his wide gate. This very promising Denman gelding is yet to finish worse than second and only a bad start here looks to break that run.  The lightly raced four-year-old is on a roll since winning his maiden back in June. Two starts back he finished a close second to Mishani Bullitt in a class 2 over 1200m. He then travelled to Ipswich where he proved far too strong for that class 2 field and won that event by nearly four lengths breaking 1.10 in the process. He is coming off a 10 week let-up but did trial well at Doomben finishing second (under a tight hold) to Prue’s Angel. He is drawn inside that mare in this event. The in-form Matthew McGillivray is aboard for his first ride on the gelding and provided he can cross and settle on the pace he will prove hard to beat.
Race 6 - Novotel Brisbane Airport Hcp (BM 0-70) 1615m

The Robert Heathcote trained Takarakka is in very consistent form this preparation missing prizemoney just once from his seven starts. After several runs at the Sunshine Coast, Heathcote brought the Show A Heart gelding back to the city where he finished a respectable third in class 3 company behind No Annamossity over the mile. His latest effort saw him back on the Sunshine Coast track where he finished a close second behind Pressway over the 1600m trip carrying 59kgs. He meets Pressway 1.5kgs better here and he has drawn perfectly in gate two. Ron Stewart has ridden him at his last two starts and sticks with him here. Down 2.5kgs from his last start and a few gear changes happening, he could go one better this time.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 6 - Acclaim Air Conditioning Hcp (Class 3) 1400m

The Les Kelly trained Windcatcher has come back from a five month spell a new horse after his last campaign. After earning minor prizemoney in his first two runs back in class 1 company he gave a class 2 field a crack and beat all but the winner to the line. He then returned to this track and dropped back to class 1 company and put paid to them in winning by more than length with 58kgs on his back. He again rises in grade here but the field is no stronger (on paper) and he is in winning form. He drops 2kgs from his last run and winning rider Ryan Plumb remains aboard. The speedmap has him box-seating and given a solid pace to follow he will give this a real shake.
Race 7 - Master Builders Hcp (Class 2) 1800m

It’s easy to be caught wide from the 1800m start here so drawing wide isn’t ideal. The consistent mare Lefkas Island looks ideally placed here and is drawn to figure in the finish. Two starts back she boxed on well to finish fourth beaten less than two lengths here over the 1400m trip in class 3 company. She then stepped up in distance and tried to lead all the way only to be run down by a couple smarter on the day. She drops back to class 2 company here and has Chris Whiteley aboard who made his return to racing this week with a winning double at Townsville on Thursday. Drawn in gate two, she will be right on the speed and now four starts into this preparation should run a strong 1800m in this company.

Race 8 - Gadens Lawyers Hcp (BM75) 1200m

Topweight Victory Eight stands out in this field as the one to beat. Resuming from a four month spell, he finished strongly to grab second prize in a class 4 over the 1000m sprint trip on the Sunshine Coast. Then second-up (last start) he went one better in BM75 company over 1200m where he finished too well for Worthy Hero carrying 58kgs. He meets similar company here but steps up to his pet distance of 1400m where he is a four time winner from five runs over the trip. After Adam Sewell’s claim, he carries just half a kilo more than his last start win. He maps well and should have plenty of cover in the run. He looks hard to hold out here.

KEMBLA GRANGE (Ross Aylward)


Prior to spell STONE COLD raced in a 2YO and was safely held by winner. He did rush home late though to grab 2nd that day - behind one that is very very fast called Lucy Rose. Following a spell Stone Cold raced at maiden level at Wagga and came with a rush again to win. Looks talented and sure to be running on here too. 

This 3YO filly SAVATIANO from the Godolphin camp, looks pretty smart - certainly smart enough to finish this race off. Is peaking at 3rd up now and should settle back off speed then lift late. Has wheels.

Tim Martin's free striding VICTIME DE L'AMOUR should jump straight on the bunny and lead throughout here. Looks one of the best bets anywhere in the country. Is way better than these.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)


I had some doubts on HUSSY BAY running a strong 1950m last start but he got the job done narrowly. With apprentice Chris Caserta going aboard for the first time this campaign, the in-form galloper gets in with 1kg less than last start and looks suited dropping back slightly in trip to 1800m. A lack of early speed in the race sees Hussy Bay potentially leading or sitting just off the leader from the inside gate. With a few things in his favour, he’s a standout at Morphettville on Saturday.

I think Via Balciano might go on to become the best horse in this race, but I have some doubts on his from the tricky gate as he steps up in trip. STREET EMBRACE is flying this campaign and just had to do a bit too much work last time when challenged for the lead over 1250m. Slight drop back in trip suits and he gets in nicely at the weights with 5kg less than last time in what is graded a tougher race but is hardly much tougher.

ROSEHILL (Ross Aylward)


Terrific race with different form lines merging together. I loved the way former European galloper CARZOFF attacked the line to win last start. Was just 2nd start from spell, sat back and ran home hard. Does have form with more weight around Collateral, who is his obvious danger here. Just might have reached a new level.

Quite a few very fast bush horses engaged here and they should run time. But I think this mare SHE KNOWS for Danny Williams might be the play again. She won a similar Highway last start and her races have been spaced. Should be fresh and sprint boldly again here.

PICK ME UP has won 4 races, all at this trip. He's won at this track, which is where he is trained, and he is 3rd up here in a grade he should lap up. Gets a welcomed 3kg weight relief too and looks a safe, good bet.

TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - The Apricity Invoice Finance Hcp (BM65) 1300m

Trainer Laurie Richards has Canny Excel at his peak after five runs this preparation. He won a class 5 at Betoota first-up carrying 61kgs. After two further runs he was given a seven week freshen-up and resumed finishing fourth over 1100m in BM65 company. His latest run saw him grab third prize on this track over 1200m. He lines up here dropping 2.5kgs and is reunited with jockey Brooke Ainsworth who has been on his back 20 times previously and shared four of his six career victories. Placed twice on this track and will be looking to grab his maiden track victory here. The speedmap suggests he will box seat here and be doing his best work at the finish. He is well weighted in this grade and should be ready to show his best.
Race 2 - CMT Haulage Hcp (Class 2) 1100m

The locally trained Make A Ruler is two starts into this preparation and looks up to this grade. Resuming from a six month break he finished third in a class 1 over 1050m on this track. Then next up he stepped up to 1200m in a class 1 at Beaudesert where he led all the way. Third-up here and will strip much fitter. He is drawn ideally in gate four and the speedmap has him sitting in the box seat. He may be left without cover but it shouldn’t matter after his last start all the way win. Six starts here have ended in one win and three minor prizes and he is well placed here to improve those stats.
Race 3 - TACAPS Hcp (BM 0-62) 1625m

Leading trainer Ben Currie has shown patience with Over The Venture as he brings him up to peak fitness and after three starts this preparation he is ready to produce. Not raced for 10 months, he returned to racing last month with a first-up fourth over 1100m beaten half a length. Second-up he found the heavy track too much as he finished out of a place in a class 2 over 1300m. Back on top of the ground, he finished solidly at Kilcoy over 1500m while carrying 60kgs. Fourth start back on his home track and a few gear changes may add to his chances here. Already a track and trip winner, he maps well from gate five and should settle right behind the early pace. A good finisher, he will be right there when it counts.


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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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