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Saturday Tips - Best Bets and Tips for Saturday's racing

  • Guide to Saturday's best bets and previews
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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.

Saturday Best Bets - April 28

Check back on Friday, April 27, to see Saturday's best bets from around the country.

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ASCOT TIPS (Aaron Hamilton)


MY GREEK BOY scored for us last time when upsetting the favourite, Western Temple, and there doesn’t look to be anything in this that can trouble him. Broker is in great form and carries less weight, but on times, he’s struggle against the likes of Greek Boy. He should sit outside the leader at a moderate tempo and will prove hard to beat. 
Race 8 - SCHWEPPES-W.A.T.C. DERBY (2400m) 4:20pm

I was impressed with the win of Money Maher last start, but ACTION had no luck in the straight and should have finished much closer. The Pierro gelding was stopped dead in his tracks and took a while to wind up again, but when he did, he was really hitting the line strongly. With an uninterrupted run in the straight, he should be too good for them. 

CAULFIELD TIPS (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 2 - IRT VOBIS GOLD MILE (1600m) 12:50pm

They don’t come much more consistent than WIDGEE TURF, and trainer Patrick Payne has him absolutely flying. He was in need of the 1300m run following a five-week break, but his effort to come from the rear and get up over 1400m at Caulfield last start was exceptional. The step up to 1600m suits now and he’ll be charging home again. 
Race 5 - YULONG VOBIS GOLD DASH (1100m) 2:35pm

NATURE STRIP couldn’t have been more impressive in a recent jump out at Caulfield, and he looks on track to keep his winning run going when he resumes from a spell. His only loss came at the hands of Sam’s Image, and although that galloper lines up in opposition on Saturday, he has done little since while Nature Strip has continued to step up every time the bar has been raised. 

CLIFF’S EDGE is a by far the class runner in this field and he’s much better suited at Caulfield where he has three wins from four starts. The drop back in trip doesn’t concern with his front-running style, and he should be able to dictate here and will prove very hard to run down. The $1.60 quote isn’t attractive, but he should just be winning this. 

DOOMBEN TIPS (Steve Bennett)

Race 4 - Entice Services Hcp (BM75) 1600m

Coming back in distance here, Savwell will appreciate the drop in trip after being found out last start. The 2200m journey proved a little too much for the Savabeel gelding who was in top form til then. A rapid climb through the grades saw him win a class 2 four starts back then jump straight to a class 5 race over 1350m at Ipswich, which he duly won by two lengths. Two starts back he was sent over the mile for the first time and finished third. His last start saw him jump to 2200m which proved beyond him at this point. Back to the mile here and on a dry track where he has won three of four starts. He drops in class and is drawn ideally in gate two. Top hoop Damian Browne jumps aboard who ironically is two from two on the four-year-old. He will get back early but save valuable ground with a sit on the fence. Yet to miss a top three place over the mile and has won here over the trip, he shapes as the one to beat.
Race 7 - QRIC Ascot Hcp (Open) 1200m

Unbeaten at the track and shaping up as remaining that way, Amanaat is in outstanding form of late and looks to have the measure of his rivals here. He was a winner first-up at Doomben off a three-month spell over 1110m on a wet track. That hit-out was his preparation for the Weetwood Hcp at Toowoomba two weeks later. Bobby El-Issa rode the four-year-old for the first time and steered him home to win by almost three lengths. El-Issa remains aboard here and while drawn wide there is very little early pace inside him which should allow him to cross without too many problems. His main dangers are drawn out wide as well. Speedmaps have him in front early, however it is possible that El-Issa will look for a sit early. All stats point to a victory here. Three from three at the track, three from four over the trip and four of his six starts on dry tracks resulted in victories as well. He looks the ticket.
Race 9 - Countdown To Carnival (Class 6) Plate 1200m

Arguably the talk of the town on QLD tracks, the Kevin Kemp trained Mr Marbellouz is a very promising horse with a big future and with his resume it would be a massive risk to tip against him here. He has won six of his seven career races to date and is unbeaten this preparation as he has totally destroyed his opposition in recent racing. Three starts back, he put seven lengths on his class 3 opposition on this track. Then next up, his biggest test, he jumped to class 6 company which made no difference to the Love Conquers All gelding as he put four lengths on that field. Last start, he repeated the effort here and on a wet track, still ran the 1200m in 1.10.5. This is a class horse in the making and drawing gate one here he looks just about impossible to beat. He only missed a start in the Weetwood Hcp due to his rating at the time which was a tragedy as the spectacle of seeing him up against Amanaat would have been worth the admission price alone. Unbeaten at the track and trip, jockey Jag Guthmann-Chester is three from three in the saddle and after his claim, he carries the same weight he carried to his last victory. He is the stand-out selection of the day. 

GOLD COAST TIPS (Steve Bennett)

Race 2 - Gold Coast Hospital Foundation (Maiden) Plate 1100m

A bridesmaid in the making, the Helen Page trained Betajet has taken out second prize on four occasions from his nine race career and is overdue for a change of luck. Two starts back he was caught wide jumping from the outside gate but did still look the winner 200m out until he was run down by Katarina who also carried 5kgs less in weight that day. Last start, a similar ending on a heavy Gold Coast track where Rosella Girl carrying 3.5kgs less got to the line stronger, leaving Betajet with second prize again. Lining up here, Betajet will carry a half kilo under the limit and looks the one to beat again. Drawn nicely in gate five, jockey Jed Hodge should have no trouble finding a forward position. Six runs into this campaign, the Jet Spur gelding can’t be any fitter and is ready to shake his maiden status here.

Race 3 - Dr Kee Ong Classic Hcp (3-Y-O) 1800m

Trained at Bundall by John Zielke, Future Event has landed two victories this preparation and can make it a third in this company. A winner three starts back on this track and distance, he couldn’t match it against open company at his next start, finishing down the track. His last start fourth at Beaudesert was solid where he came from last on the turn to finish fourth, beaten only 2.5 lengths. The Dream Ahead gelding lines up already a two-time track and trip winner and should improve from his latest hit-out. Luke Dittman remains in the saddle where he has been on seven previous occasions and ridden him to two of his victories. Drawn the fence, he gets a dream run from barrier rise and should be box-seating at some stage. He looks the one to beat.

Race 7 - First National Broadbeach Hcp (BM75) 1800m

A step up in distance is in store for the locally-trained Locus who is a front-runner but should handle the trip. Two starts back, he beat home a class 4 field at the Sunshine Coast on a heavy track over 1600m. Then last start, beat home all bar I Feel Good in a BM75 again over the mile trip. He led from barrier rise and was nailed on the line. He will line up here with excellent wet track form and with soft track forecast, will have no trouble handling the conditions. After Jackson Murphy’s claim, the four-year-old will carry less weight than last start and jumping from gate five, can be expected to take up a forward position. Finishing top three at his past five starts, he looks the one they have to catch here.



This race looks likely to be run at a fast clip and that will suit this bush galloper LE CAVALIER. He will be out the back smoking his pipe, and being 3rd up, he should be fully wound up now and will sing home. Finished well stronger race at Moruya last start for 3rd. Noel's Gift has talent and can box and for the minor placing especially if it's wet.

I've no doubt punters will rally to this impressive Godolphin filly Guipure who was a last start maiden winner. And she beat a strong field that day too. But she resumes here and CHOICE LARGA, a dual acceptor this weekend, is rock hard and ready. He's not winning lately but he has been on the precipice of success in recent starts. Slight drop in grade here a big help. The filly for 2nd.

Another race where the pace will be on courtesy of the Gai and Adrian pair. Which will suit the Chris Waller galloper SEMPER FIDELIS. She looks very well placed here and is bred to love this journey. She has been hitting the line well of late in shorter maiden races, so is very fit and this looks perfect for her.


Race 4 - EVRIGHT HANDICAP (1600m) 2:16pm

MOGUL EMPIRE was scratched last week but is set to return home following a strong 2.5-length victory at Moonee Valley where he settled up on the speed, took over on the turn and raced away. Goes up in grade but drops 4kg and looks extremely hard to beat again now that he’s at peak fitness.

I’m happy to take on the short-priced favourite, Viddora, with Shane Oxlade’s flying mare IT’S BEEN A BATTLE. She led all the way to defeat Stellar Collision in the Matrice Stakes (1200m), and that form has been franked with Stellar Collision carrying equal top weight of 60kg when winning the $200,000 Hareeba Stakes (1200m) at Mornington. It’s Been A Battle went into that race slightly underdone after a stone bruise interrupted her preparation, but she did enough to get over the line despite tiring late. She ran 1:08.50 which was between six and 10 lengths quicker than the other three 1200m races on the day, while she was only two lengths off the track record (1:08.21). Viddora is a very classy mare and looks in great order, but I’m not convinced she’s ready to run a strong 1200m first-up when she has bigger plans in a few weeks. 
Race 7 - SCHWEPPERVESCENCE STAKES (1800m) 4:16pm

The Dan Clarken and Oopy MacGillivray-trained BLUE MORPHO was ultra-impressive winning the Laelia Stakes (1600m) last start in good time, and she can go on with it here. The wide barrier is the biggest concern, but leading rider Jamie Kah must have been impressed with the effort and has jumped aboard to replace the luckless Jake Toeroek who rode her to perfection last start. 

RANDWICK TIPS (Aaron Hamilton)


There's every chance the very much out of form TAKEDOWN can find the front here. And that's a good thing. He has a big weight but is down in grade and when he leads he’s a completely different race horse. Will love this drop in class and hopefully mid race tempo. Will be good odds and should be in your numbers. Dothraki for 2nd as he's in form.


TANGLED looks the bet of the day. No fluke to run 2nd in the Gr 2 Tulloch Stakes, then 3rd in the Gr 1 ATC Derby. Both fields much better than this. 


To my eye there was just too much dominance in the win of TRAPEZE ARTIST at Gr 1 level last start. He rolled along with the leading pack, then came at the leader, who was Redzel no less, and put him away. This is an easier race and the trip looks fine for him. I think he wins comfortably from Brave Smash and Hartnell. Great field, but he just might be a superstar this bloke.

TOOWOOMBA TIPS (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - Happy 85th Joyful Collins Hcp (BM60) 1880m

The Redoute’s Choice gelding War Front is racing ever consistently this preparation and looks right in the mix here. Three starts back, he looked solid in winning a BM58 at Toowoomba over 2000m. He was then not far away when finishing sixth next start over 2180m at the same track. His last start saw him up in class and distance where he was a fast finishing third behind Angela’s Beauty at Ipswich. Down in class here and dropping back in distance slightly, he should be better suited. He has shown that he can settle on the pace or back in the field so regular rider Nozi Tomizawa can decide in running where best to settle him. The 10 day turnaround shouldn’t pose as an issue either. He jumps from gate six and should find cover from there. He will look the winner at some stage.
Race 5 - M&K Construction Group Hcp (BM70) 1650m

Another well bred son of Redoute’s Choice lines up here with a touch of class about him. The Ben Currie trained De Villiers is third-up here if he puts the right foot forward will be very hard to beat at this level. After a six-week freshen-up, he strung together five wins on the trot before being spelled for five months. Resuming, he finished last (beaten 15 lengths) at Doomben (1200m) after colliding with another runner soon after the start. Second-up in BM75 company, he finished 2.5 lengths from Congelator over 1625m at Toowoomba. The five-year-old has won 10 of his 22 starts and although most of his victories have been on country tracks, he still shows the zest and promise to be able to mix it with this field.  He is third-up here and back on a dry track he should show a vast improvement on his last two runs.
Race 6 - Art And Soul Hcp (BM75) 1210m

Racing in similar company, Apoloboom looks well placed to bounce back from his last start defeat. Resuming from a five month break, He showed plenty of dash on the heavy Doomben when winning the BM75 event. He carried 60kgs to victory that day. Second-up, He drew wide in gate nine and carrying 62kgs, found the 1300m trip too much, finishing fifth, 3.5 lengths behind Bergerac. Third-up here and much fitter, The five-year-old Kaphero gelding lines up against similar class and after the claim from rider Nicholas Keal, will carry 2.5kgs less than his last start. He also comes back the 1200m trip where he is unbeaten on this track. He has drawn the outside gate but in the small field it will be no disadvantage. He has won third-up previously and looks right in the mix here.


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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.

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