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)

Race 2 of the day is for the three-year-olds and FINAL HEARING looks to be an early winner for the dominant Williams & Pike trainer/jockey combination. The chestnut has had four career starts and claimed victory in two of those in solid fashion before struggling at Listed level before having a spell. This looks to be a nice race for him to resume in and outside of Caerhelan, there doesn't appear to be too many dangers. The son of Reset has has one trial in preparation for his return and wasn't extended in that. With the leading combination striking at a healthy 33% this season, he is hard to overlook. 

The feature of the day is the Listed Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m) and there are a host of handy performers in this one but I am going with one at a bit of value in the form of FIRST AMONG EQUALS The former Darren Weir galloper, who returns to Perth and the Lindsey Smith stables produced a series of solid performances at the recent Melbourne spring carnival and was unlucky not to register a victory, coming close at Group 2 level at Flemington, while at his most recent start he was a narrow runner-up to Cool Passion in the Kevin Heffernan Plate (1300m). He will likely settle back from barrier 1 and there looks to be stack of speed on his outside. The son of Exceed And Excel has an excellent first up record of four wins from nine attempts and will be very strong in the closing stages. 

EAGLE FARM (Steve Bennett)

Race 4 - 2:12PM HARCOURTS EXPERIENCE ASCOT BenchMark 80 Handicap (2206 METRES)
A top three finish from his past four starts, HIGH POWER takes on similar company here to his last start and despite a wide draw, he looks well placed. After winning his heat of the Provincial Series at Newcastle three starts back, he then finished third in the final at Kembla Grange on a wet track. After then finishing third behind Dylan’s Romance at Canterbury on a heavy track, he appreciated the dry track at the Gold Coast where he finished second, beaten a whisker by Evolo in a BM80 over 2200m. Fine weather and a dry track is forecast for the ‘Farm’ and with Jeff Lloyd aboard, the High Chaparral gelding looks a real threat in this field.

*Odds correct as at 8.30am on 17/01/2019

Race 6 - 3:32PM HAMILTON REACH QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1200 METRES)
If she can cross early and avoid being trapped wide, SIENNA ROSE can give this a real shake. The underrated filly has won two of her past four starts and filled the minors in the other two runs. Coming off a good win at Ballina three starts back, she then had no luck at the Sunshine Coast when rattling home to beat all but Notonya Nelly in a BM62 over 1200m. The More Than Ready filly turned that all around last start at Doomben where she ran away from her opposition to win a three-year-old Hcp comfortably over the 1350m trip. Ronnie Stewart steered her home that day and he remains aboard here. If she can overcome the wide gate, she will be threatening at some stage. Great each-way value here.

Race 7 - 4:12PM MENKENS FINANCE OPEN Handicap (1600 METRES)
Robert Heathcote’s gelding INGEEGOOBE was impressive when resuming from a 14-week spell and will appreciate the rise in trip here. First-up, the Doomsday six-year-old found the 1350m trip too short but still finished strongly to grab second prize behind Apoloboom. He steps up to the mile here where he already is a winner. Robbie Fradd sticks with him and while drawn out a little (8), he will look for a sit in the back half of the field and be doing his best work in the run home. Fitter for that first-up run, he shapes up here as a genuine each-way chance. 

*Odds correct as at 8.30am on 17/01/2019

FLEMINGTON (Jackson Oldham)

Race 2 - 1:35pm Voting Opens Monday for All-Star Mile (2500m)
This looks the perfect race for the Danny O’Brien-trained LYCURGUS. He has been good without winning this preparation and I’d suggest it’s this race or never for him. Looking at his preparation, he was tremendous second-up at Flemington, as he traded $1.08 in play at the 200m mark but just ran out of fitness late to finish third. He pulled up sore third-up at The Valley in what was, a complete forgive run. I was with him last start over this track and distance and although he had worked a little early, Ollie had him Outside the leader and I thought he was a great winning chance. What I didn’t account for was Etymology turning into Phar Lap over a staying trip. He won easily and not surprisingly, has won a listed race since. There is absolutely no speed in this race and D.Oliver can control the race from the front. He looks very hard to beat.

Race 8 - 5:20PM Bitalli Handicap (1800m)
I don’t like to Jockey blame but gee whiz, LAURE ME IN should’ve won his last two starts. From barrier 12 over 1600m at Flemington, Laure Me In somehow ended up last on the fence at the 800m and then forced 10-wide at the 400m to start his run. He still looked like he was the winner at the furlong but just found Diplomatic Jack who had the better run. I’m confident he wins that race 95/100 times but enough talking through my pocket. His sectionals were outstanding, running the fourth fastest last 200m of the meeting and the ninth fastest last 400m of the meeting. Two starts ago he should’ve beaten Silentz at Caulfield. He drops 2kg on his last start run, goes barrier 12 to barrier 3 and Chris Caserta to Luke Currie. He is a bet at any price above $2.10. 

Race 9 - 5:55pm Victorian Owner Gold Card Handicap (1200m)
The Mick Price-trained LANGHRO is a horse different horse since being gelded at the end of 2017. The lightly-raced six-year-old showed plenty of potential at the trials and jumpouts early in career but was too much of a colt to put it together on raceday. He returned with a nice jumpout at Caulfield before his first-up run. He was big drifter when he returned on Boxing Day ($4.40-$7.50) as the big punters stepped into Star Fall. He raced keenly in the early stages and still wanted to do a bit wrong, flashing home for second behind Star Fall who has since travelled to Sydney and won impressively. He will be fitter second-up and Mick Price has suggested that 1200m will be more suitable. He drops 7.5kg and maps well from barrier six for Dwayne Dunn. I have a big opinion of this horse and I’m confident he will be going close.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Tips to be updated on Friday, January 18.

KEMBLA GRANGE (Aaron Hamilton)

Tips to be updated on Friday, January 18.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

FREE OF DEBT and Maozi are dual accepted for Morphettville and Flemington, but I don’t think either will want to bump into Viking Warrior which should see them take this option. First prize is still $5000 more than 2nd at Flemington, and Free Of Debt won’t have the expense of travelling – no brainer really. But the fact Chris Bieg nominated the Unencumbered colt for the Flemington event suggests he’s come on since his impressive debut win over Lil’ Kontra and Done By Me who I have an opinion of. 

Sometimes mapping accounts for more than form, and I think this is one of those occasions with SURREAL IMAGE likely to dominate from the front. Other than Yankee Eyes who has a bit of early speed, the other four runners prefer to sit worse than midfield. Sir Garfield won from the front last start but that was due to a smart move by Ryan Hurdle who made an midrace move after sitting wide – I’m expecting him to revert back to his old style seeing he should land in the box seat behind the speed. However, Surreal Image will be able to really dictate terms here and can get away with cheap sectionals that will make him extremely hard to catch. He defeated the fast finishing Small Scale last start and that galloper won on Wednesday, so the form has stood up. Sir Garfield also goes up 2.5kg which will make this much tougher. Darren Weir’s Aurora Charm looms as a danger, but again, the pace will be against him. 

ROSEHILL (Aaron Hamilton)

The Ron Quinton-trained LJUNGBERG was ultra-impressive winning by 3.8 lengths last start and looks set to go on with the job on Saturday. He sat just off the speed and covered ground on the home turn, but when Hugh Bowman asked him to go, he exploded away from them and was strong through the line. Kerrin McEvoy takes over from the suspended Bowman, and third-up over the same distance, I’m expecting him to overcome the tricky barrier and prove to good. 

BON AMIS has three wins and two 2nd placings from five starts at this track and trip, and while he was tested over 1200m on a Soft 7 track last start and finished 1.7 lengths from Easy Eddie, he can bounce back here. He has a distinct fitness advantage over his main rivals, and with some good early speed from at least four runners, Bon Amis can slot in right behind the speed and get the last crack at them. 

Having tipped POETIC CHARMER last start, I thought we were home and hosed as he loomed up, but Samadoubt just kept kicking to score and has since franked the form with a narrow 2nd placing in a tougher event. With peak fitness on his side and an outside gate, I’d expect Poetic Charmer to hold a more forward position and try and use his fitness to advantage. He led all the way three starts back and is far better conditioned to do it this time. 


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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.

Alternatively, follow our quick links below to learn more about the various types of horse racing bets.


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