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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.

ASCOT TIPS (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 1 - YELLOWGLEN MAIDEN (1100m) 12:48pm

PRINCESS ZELDA has found the right race to break through as she steps back up to 1100m. Her best run last campaign was third-up when stepping up from 1200m to 1300m where she finished 1.25 lengths from Superior Smile who won two races and finished runner-up in three before disappointing and going for a spell. She’ll be giving them a start but has a great finish and can come home best to score. 
Race 4 - TABTOUCH PLATE (1500m) 2:43pm

Friar Fox was unlucky not to win over 1400m at Ascot on debut but then impressed winning at the same track and trip in a time of 1:24.610 when running nine lengths quicker than his previous start. PADDY'S SHADOW won in quicker time at her second start and has drawn better while also coming down 1kg. Unlike Friar Fox, that was Paddy’s Shadow’s first run over 1400m and I’d expect her to take more improvement into this run. 

Taxadermy won his last three starts last campaign and resumed with a win this time in and will probably attract a great deal of market support for that reason alone. But his record at Ascot is poor and I’m keen to take him on with OLIVER’S TRAVELS who scored impressively here last time and should be at his peak with two runs under his belt following a 54-day break. 

DOOMBEN TIPS (Steve Bennett)

Race 2 - Girl’s Day Out Raceday Hcp (BM90) 1630m

With a tearaway leader engaged here, conditions look ideal for Don’t Doubt Mama to rack up win number seven. Two starts back she stormed home to grab second prize behind Feltre at the Gold Coast before taking third prize on the same track behind Aqua Vite after settling near last in the BM90 event. The Not A Single Doubt mare drops back 200 metres here but is yet to miss the money over the mile after four starts at the trip. Nozi Tomizawa returns to the saddle and is two from two on the mare and will out to keep his unbeaten record intact. The speedmap has her in the back half of the field on settling with Zahspeed setting them a merry dance up front. Should the pace be on from barrier rise, ‘Mama’ will be storming home late and can take this out.

Race 5. ‘Addy’s Getting Hitched Hcp (Open) 1050m

Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick has Tarzan firing on all cylinders of late and he looks well placed here to continue on his winning way. The Drumbeats gelding completed a hatrick of victories with a win over this track and distance in open company. Failing at his next run after missing the start badly, he bounced back last start to lead all the way at the Sunshine Coast in open company.

This is no harder and lines up well at the weights dropping a kilo on his last start victory. Luke Tarrant remains aboard and is already a two-time winner on the gelding. The speedmap has him perfectly placed sitting just behind the probable leaders Wicked Intent and Lucky Black who have drawn wide. With a clear run home he will prove hard to hold out.

Race 8 - Weddings at BRC Hcp (BM85) 1200m

Ben Currie’s four-year-old Publishing Power must be respected here as he heads to the barriers carrying no more than a postage stamp. Resuming from a spell he embarrassed his opposition first-up at Toowoomba beating home his class  rivals by more than three lengths. Proving that to be no fluke, he repeated the dose next start beating home his class 3 opponents by five lengths.

 Up in class here, he is in outstanding form this preparation and drops a massive eight kilos from his last start victory. Michael Murphy will be riding him for the first time and has the three kilo claim. The speedmap has him sitting mid-field and with a solid pace set up front should see him powering home late.

FLEMINGTON TIPS (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 1 - BITALLI HANDICAP (1800m) 1:00pm

WILLI WILLI was brilliant first-up from a spell over 1400m and then only got going late over the same distance last start. He’s looking for more ground but needed the fitness base to tackle this trip, and with a 3.5kg drop from last start in slightly tougher grade, he’ll be finishing hard. 
Race 6 - NJT20CRICKET.COM.AU HANDICAP (1200m) 4:00pm

LEODORO kept coming over 1100m last time and looks suited stepping up to 1200m with three runs under his belt. He gets in with 2kg less in the same grade and should be charging home at the finish. 
Race 7 - INGLIS DASH (1100m) 4:40pm

NATURE STRIP will be short but he’s clearly the best of the day around the country based on what he’s done to date. Drops 4.5kg and should have plenty of room for improvement following his 5.5-length demolition last start when having his first run for two months. Goes into all multis. 
Race 8 - KENSINGTON STAKES (1000m) 5:20pm

GOLD COAST TIPS (Steve Bennett)

Race 3 - Cole Diesel Memorial Hcp (Class 4) 1200m

Plenty of speed here with Desirable Miss looking the likely leader and will prove hard to run down. Yet to miss a place this preparation, the Snippetson mare likes to jump and run and control things her own way in front. After winning a class 2 here over 900m she finished a gallant third in class 4 company at Ipswich while carrying 59kgs. Last start she led everywhere except where it mattered when she finished second behind Clockwork Orange in a class 3 over 1200m at Doomben. The four-year-old lines up here drawn to lead as she jumps from gate two and if left alone in front, jockey Luke Rolls will be able to dictate terms and the pace of the race. Rolls is one from one on the mare so he is familiar with how to best to ride her. Her form is top class at this stage and she will be the one they have to catch in the run home.
Race 4 - Rough Habit Memorial Hcp (Class 3) 1800m

Locally trained by Michael Costa, Lyrids comes into this event a last start winner and is well placed to repeat the dose again. After failing first-up coming off a six month spell, the four-year-old turned it all around at the Sunshine Coast last start. Coming from behind the pace he finished too strongly for his class 2 opposition to win the 1800m event carrying 59kgs. Here he drops back in weight and whilst up in class he is third-up and will strip even fitter after those two runs. Scott Galloway has stuck with him and jumping from the inside gate he will give him every chance to settle early and go on to make it two in a row.
Race 6 - Ian Collins Memorial Hcp (BM70) 1400m

Very little early speed here which is ideal for Tycoon Flutter who should settle in the back half of the field early. Two starts back from a spell has seen the O’Reilly gelding finish close up on both occasions. First-up saw him finish third at the Sunshine Coast over 1200m coming from well back on the turn. He followed that up with an unlucky second behind Scrabble at the same track finishing fast. Third-up here he will strip even fitter and the extra trip and drop in weight after the claim will enhance his chances. He will get back early but with no speed on up front he should be finishing over the top of them in the run home. 


Race 2 - HUGHES LIMOUSINES HANDICAP (1000m) 3:01pm

Sticking with WALLACE STREET who did disappoint first-up but has been freshened and gets blinkers for the first time. He scored a very impressive 3.3-length victory on the Parks circuit on debut and he should be able to lead here from barrier 5 and will prove hard to run down. 

I’m extremely keen on JIM’S JOURNEY to get the cash here. He trialled sensationally and came from near last over 1200m and just cruised up to them under a strong hold to score. He trialled brilliantly last campaign and finished a very respectable 3rd in the Balaklava Cup (1600m) and this is considerably easier. He’s won three from seven first-up and has won three and placed three from six at this distance. Anna Jordsjo’s 3kg claim gets him in with just 56kg and he looks a clear standout. 
Race 5 - JAMES BOAG'S PREMIUM HANDICAP (1300m) 5:01pm

Dean Yendall heads to Adelaide to ride two horses for Darren Weir and FREEHEARTED looks the best of the pair. The progressive daughter of Dylan Thomas won her maiden over 1100m when first-up this time in and then looked most impressive scoring over 1200m last start in BM64 grade. Drawn to get a soft run one out and one back and should be too good form them in the straight. Miss Wahoo looms as the main danger but this is much tougher than her maiden win.



Mark Newnham brings JINGLES to this 3rd up. And on the back of his terrific run last start when placed in similar race, it looks like this lightly raced galloper is ready to rumble. Small field suits too.

It's always a bit of a risk tipping a non winner but WALDO WALDORF is over due for his first victory. And when resuming at Kembla last start, he made terrific ground late for 3rd. The run suggested this time up is his time. Has power late - just need to get the timing of the run right.

Birdsong is a professional place getter and non-winner so I'm on the rising young star GUANGDONG for trainer Chris Waller. He raced on debut at Canterbury last start and made ground late for 4th in a tough maiden. Will have taken plenty of benefit from that outing and has drawn the paint here. Should rattle home.

RANDWICK TIPS (Ross Aylward)


There is a very strong opinion from many astute judges that this oddly named galloper KOPI LUWAK can win the Country Championship final next April at Randwick. This based on his trainer’s incredibly high opinion of him saying he’s one of, if not, the most talented horse in his stable. But it was the way he rounded up what may be a strong maiden field last start and just blew by them at Moruya that is probably the reason. Big weight here and is 2nd up but if he wins this keep backing him into the Country Champs Final.

He might get out to really good odds but this old bloke BOSS LANE looks the one to beat here. He loves this track, it's his home turf, and he did win a better race 2nd up last campaign. He's 2nd up here after a good, close up run behind Music Magnate last start.

Race 9 - 5:40PM BM 80 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)

I'm on LIVE TO DREAM here. I think she will go hard early and lead. The track by this race may well be playing into the hands of leaders. And yes, I know she led last start and folded, but she has less weight 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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