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 (Jackson Oldham)

Race 6 - 4:37pm AMELIA PARK LODGE HANDICAP (1400m) 
I’m keen to take on the favourite and play the four-year-old gelding SPILLANOVA. He was unsuited first-up over 1200m and still hit the line terrifically to finish only 1.25 lengths off Pearls and Prawns. His second-up record is good and he goes up to 1400m which looks his pet distance. He maps well from gate six. Jockey Jason Brown can either let him lead or sit just off the speed and he should prove very hard to beat. 

Race 7 - 5:12pm R.J. PETERS STAKES (1500m) - Action 
The best bet of the card looks to be four-year-old Pierro gelding, ACTION. He is only behind Galaxy Star, Iconoclasm, Fifty Stars and Peaceful State in betting for the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) next Saturday and needs to win this race to get into the field. He was dominant in the Group 2 W.A.T.C Derby (2400m) last preparation and has come back in terrific order, finishing second behind Galaxy Star last start in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) behind Galaxy Star with a gap back to third. He looks too good for these and $2.25 is a good price.

DOOMBEN (Steve Bennett)

Race 3 - 1:02PM SUNFRESH LINEN QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1350 METRES)
A race where the girls appear to have the edge on the boys. Tony Gollan’s filly LIGHT UP THE ROOM has won three of her four races to date and looks set to continue on her winning way here. Two starts back she proved too good for her age group on a soft Doomben track over 1200m. She then stepped up to the 1350m trip and won with just as much authority. This looks no harder and with a two from two record in the saddle, Brad Stewart will be looking for a forward spot and cover from his wide draw and should prove too strong in the run home.

Race 4 - 1:37PM DIONYSIUS TRANSPORT Class 3 Plate (1630 METRES)
All boxes look ticked here for MYMMING to return to the winner’s circle. The Stuart Kendrick-trained mare has been a model of consistency this time in and has finished top two at her past six starts. Two starts back, she beat all but Bryneich home in a class 3 over 1600m. Then last start, she stepped up to the 2020m journey and was nosed out on the line by So You Wish in similar company. Here, she comes up against Bryneich again but meets him better at the weights and far better at the barrier as well. Damian Browne remains aboard and after drawing the fence, he should enjoy the run of the race and dropping back to the mile will suit the mare even more. She looks exceptional value here.

Race 5 - 2:17PM LIMOSO R2G QTIS Three-Years-Old Plate (1050 METRES)
More than half the field are resuming including the unbeaten ZOUSTYLE who looks the pick of the day. On debut, the Zoustar gelding made it look easy, winning his maiden by five lengths then backed that up by putting more than three lengths on his opposition at the Sunshine Coast in a QTIS two-year-old Hcp. He lines up at set weights looking the winner. Brad Stewart is two from two with the three-year-old and remains aboard here. From gate three he maps perfectly and should enjoy a trouble-free run on the pace. Should win.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 3 - 1:53PM GCBA QTIS Three-Years-Old Maiden Handicap (1800 METRES)
Drawn to win here, TOP LUCK has been knocking on the door lately with two minor placings at his last two outings. Two starts back, the three-year-old filly finished a close-up third behind Mishani Roman over 1300m at Toowoomba. Then last start she sat right behind the leader all the way and finished a game second, chasing hard all the way home. The winner was Coastal Prince who we tipped last week at the Sunshine Coast where he won again. Going on that form, the Ben Currie-trained filly looks very hard to beat here.

Race 5 - 3:08PM HANSON IMAGECRETE 0 - 60 Handicap (1200 METRES)
In good touch since resuming from a two-month break, GRANDIOSO can measure-up here. Two starts back, the Sebring gelding was an impressive winner at Kilcoy over 1200m in class 2 company where he put nearly two lengths on his opposition. Last start, he missed the jump and had to chase hard over the 100m trip but wasn’t disgraced in finishing third behind Aggravate. Drops in grade here and looks well placed among these.

Race 7 - 4:28PM McINNES WILSON LAWYERS Class 4 Handicap (1400 METRES) 
Set for a second crack at class 4 company, TIME TO PLAY is now fit enough and ticks the boxes that suggest she can get the job done here. Two starts back she took her first shot at a class 4 (fillies and mares) but found Boiling and Dapper One a little too slick on the day. Last start she dropped back to class 3 company and made easy work of that, beating home Whack’em by more than a length on the line. Ryan Plumb has had two rides on the Jet Spur mare and is yet to taste defeat as he remains in the saddle for this. Drawn the fence, she maps perfectly and will be on the speed from barrier rise. No Boiling or Dapper One here, she looks right in the mix.


WATCHDOG is also in at Rosehill on Saturday. If he runs in this, he looks a class above them and should storm home and win. If not, then I'm on NERUDA for Kristen Buchanan who trained a Port Macquarie double on Thursday.

They came from the trees, jumped out of planes and just teleported to the track to back ARCHEDEMUS last start when resuming from a spell. And after crunching him into long odds on, he sat on speed and was narrowly beaten into 2nd spot. Is trained at this track, is fitter now, and where there is smoke there is fire.

Trainer Chris Waller accepted with a host of runners here but I tend to think this is the best of them. His name is BORAZON and he will like the hectic pace that looks like being set here. Experience is a big thing in maidens and he's raced 3 times, placing twice this grade.


Race 3 - 1:51PM 90th Anniversary of Legacy in SA & Broken Hill Handicap (1250 METRES)
After just missing out when resuming, the Tony McEvoy-trained LAURE ME IN can make amends in this one, which is a BenchMark 64. The lightly raced four-year-old ran on from the back half of the field in a similar affair on November 3 before just being nosed out by Triple Deez. At his last preparation he was an easy winner at his second run back. He meets a couple of promising contenders including Blinder, who comes over from Victoria, but the 2kg claim for his jockey, Chris Caserta, looks to be a big plus and he can go one better on Saturday.

Race 6 - 3:41PM Consolidated Plant & Quarries (Broken Hill) Handicap (1250 METRES)
A field of eight have accepted for what shapes as a handy BenchMark 86 and one that should start at nice odds is SO YOU TOO. The Leon MacDonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained galloper resumed with a runner-up performance behind Oberland on November 3 and ran home late in that affair to finish just under two lengths away. A noted second up improver in the past, the son of So You Think will meet that horse 3kg better at the weights after the claim for Georgina Cartwright and generally races well at the Morphetville 1250m, winning two and placing in a further two from four starts. 

Race 8 - 5:01PM Gordon & Joy Ormandy Memorial Handicap (1000 METRES)
The final event of the day is a BenchMark 70 over 1000m and it is OVER AND ABOVE that creates plenty of interest. The four-year-old made an impression in his only campaign to date, taking out a maiden at Sandownn in Melbourne before missing out behind the likes of Scarecrow and Muraahib over 1400m on the Australian Guineas programme. He has since switched to the stables of Phillip Stokes and looked good in taking out a recent trial at Gawler. Dom Tourneur takes the ride and the pair jump from barrier 2. Look for a big run to close out the day. 

ROSEHILL (Ric Chapman)

Race 4 - 2:30PM NOVEMBER TOPAZ (1900 METRES)
Gee I just love how tough and consistent this bloke TESTASHADOW is. He has quietly worked his way up from his 51 starts to be a $1.4million earner for his connections and I think he can add a bit more here too. Is coming off 2 good placings this grade past couple - at Randwick in mid-October and at Flemington on Cup day over 1800m. Big chance to win here from RED EXCITEMENT.

Ultimate irony here - potentially. The Snowdens, for so long guided the Godolphin juggernaut, left a few years back now and are thriving. Well, they have just picked up a Godolphin runner, turned away as being not the type the Sheikh wants anymore. It’s the luckless SOUCHEZ and the change of environment might just do the trick. He is good this trip and grade and that change of scenery so often turns horses on. He wins for mine from ARRAIGNMENT.

I have a pretty fair opinion of this Randwick-trained mare SEASONS. I suspect she will develop into stakes grade. Is resuming from a spell here and will probably sit off pace. Has drawn ideally and could very easily rush home too well for this slick field. DEFT for 2nd spot.

SANDOWN (Adam Cusworth)

Race 4 - 2:10PM Eclipse Stakes (1800 METRES)
BRING ME ROSES has been knocking on the door for a while now and gets her chance to register a win when she lines up in the Eclipse Stakes (1800m). She was unlucky when running 4th in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington three starts ago when resuming before being unsuited at Moonee Valley in the Tesio Stakes (1600m). At her last start she ran home very well behind Shillelagh in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) and that form is good enough for this. The daughter of High Chaparral looks well placed and with Damien Oliver on board she will be hard to beat. 

Race 7 - 4:00PM Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas (1600 METRES)
The Sandown Guineas is always a quality affair and is the first of two Group 2 races for the day. RINGERDINGDING is the one that looks to be peaking at the right time. He was one of very few that made ground at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day and his last start effort when overhauling Scottish Rogue in the Hilton On The Park (1400m) at Flemington was electrifying as he reeled off some very fast closing sectionals to score. The step up to the 1600m looks to be in his favour and with the leading trainer, Darren Weir, at the helm he can take this one out. 

Race 8 - 4:40PM Quayclean Zipping Classic (2400 METRES)
THE TAJ MAHAL will be going for back to back wins in the Zipping Classic after storming to a big win at Sandown a year ago and if you are prepared to forgive him for his last start failure, his prior form suggests that he can get the job done with Ben Melham on board. He comes out of the Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) and battled after enduring a very wide run on a day that suited those closer to the rail. Prior to that he served it up to Best Solution when running 5th in the Caulfield Cup (2400m). Look for Melham to give the five-year-old a bit of a quieter ride than some of his recent runs, saving plenty for the business end of the race. 

TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 4:59PM Homestyle Bake Class 2 Handicap (1300 METRES)
Jumping to class 2 company from a last start maiden win shouldn’t pose too much of an issue for ROSENDAHL RED if she turns up in a similar frame of mind from her last start. After finishing second to Mishani Roman in a 1300m maiden two starts back, the Red Dazzler filly gave nothing else a chance next start where she blew her rivals away, putting almost six lengths on the field. Despite the sharp jump in grade, I feel she is up to this and if she can overcome the wide draw and find a forward spot with cover, she may prove hard to hold out.

Race 2 - 5:35PM Richo's Boxing Gym BM75 Handicap (1300 METRES)
Back on home soil, MR CHOW gets his chance to bounce back to the winner’s circle. Prior to a six-week let-up, the Commands gelding was in top form with five straight top three finishes (including two wins) before showing a clear disliking to the Sunshine Coast track where he was caught wide and never recovered, finishing five lengths from the winner. Resuming from the let-up, the Ben Currie-trained five-year-old wasn’t disgraced finishing fourth, beaten less than two lengths behind Rich Affair at the Gold Coast over 1400m. His stats here are outstanding missing a top two finish just once from five starts at the track and trip. Expect a big improvement here.

Race 4 - 6:50PM Southern Cross Bricklaying BM62 Handicap (2030 METRES)
Overdue for a win, the Tony Gollan-trained OAKFIELD MONARCH delivered, big time, last start where the six-year-old put more than four lengths on his rivals in a BM60 over 2200m at the Gold Coast. Her first time in the saddle, Skye Bogenhuber rode him a real treat, taking over on the turn and left the opposition to fight over the minors. He did tend to hang out in the run home but with a super turn of foot, he still ran away with the event, hitting the line full of running. This looks no harder and he must be considered a strong chance on his last effort.


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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