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.

BELMONT (Aaron Hamilton)

An open race with what looks like four genuine chances, but with detractors on three of them, I’m keen to have a throw at the stumps with TONKATUFF. Battle Torque was in great form before a poor performance last start, and I don’t like the drop back in trip for Juicing Carrots who is likely to get back from a favourable draw – however, I think he’s a good chance if they decide to try and lead. Luke’s Gold and Tonkatuff come through the same race having finished 1st and 3rd respectively, but Tonkatuff meets his last start victor 2kg better at the weights and has more upside. He’s only just coming into form and can take the next step on Saturday. 

A great first-up win by KHAN suggests he’s back on track. He enjoyed a soft run from the inside gate and challenged strongly in the straight before behind headed by Night Voyager and kicking back to win. He drops 3kg as he tackles tougher company, but with that first-up run under his belt and an extra 200m to suit, he’ll prove hard to hold out from the inside gate again. His previous 1200m form when finishing five lengths from Trapeze Artist in the Black Opal is good enough to be winning this.

DOOMBEN (Steve Bennett)

Race 2 - 12:22PM CLEAR INSURANCE BenchMark 80 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Tony Gollan has PRUE’S ANGEL lining up here after failing at the Gold Coast last start. The Sequalo mare has a history of racing her best when fresh. She won her first two starts when resuming this time in. Two starts back, on this track, she put two lengths on her opposition in a fillies and mares event over 1200m in 1:09. Last start, Gollan tried her over the 1400m trip which clearly didn’t suit. She drops back to the 1200m here and could easily bounce back and take this out.

Race 6 - 2:42PM QSCAN RADIOLOGY CLINICS Class 3 Plate (1200 METRES) 
First-up on fresh legs, JOHNNY WHITESOX seems to produce his best when resuming and looks well placed to continue that here. The four-year-old won first-up last preparation over 1200m at Ipswich. He ran 1:09 and put almost four lengths on his rivals that day. He then finished second over 1350m on a heavy track before dropping back to 1110m next start and winning that event. Resuming here, he is expected to run well after winning a trial three weeks ago. Unbeaten in soft going, he is drawn well in gate three and should get a gun run from there, sitting just behind the pace. With a clear run home, he should prove hard to hold out.

Race 7 - 3:22PM ASCOT PLUMBING OPEN Handicap (1350 METRES)
Track and distance lover TIME TO TORQUE lines up here and looks well placed to give this a real shake. Second-up this preparation, the Show A Heart gelding finished hard to grab second prize behind Order Again at this track and trip. Last start he was suited to the early pace and couldn’t go with them. Blocked for a run in the straight he still ran home well, finishing just behind the placegetters. All four wins at Doomben have been over today’s trip and he is drawn nicely in gate two. He should be box seating and provided they don’t go too hard early, he will be at the heels on the turn and ready to pounce.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 2 - 1:13PM CSR GYPROCK Class 4 Handicap (900 METRES)
Locally-trained by Mel Eggleston, MASONDALE is lining up here for a hat-trick and could easily pull it off. Two starts back he proved too good here for a BM60 field over the 900m dash, putting two lengths on his rivals with 60kgs on his back. Last start, he repeated the dose in class 3 company, beating home the smart Stellar Power and Smashed It over the same trip on a heavy track. A wet track is forecast again and although stepping up in grade again, he is drawn and weighted to win again.

Race 3 - 1:48PM PGH BRICKS BenchMark 70 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Well overdue for a win, PRINCE OF TIE can turn things around here with a few gear changes and a little more ground to run over. Resuming from an eight-month break, he ran a solid second in class 3 company over 1200m at Ipswich. Second-up he went a little hard up front and weakened over the final stages to finish unplaced over 1350m. Trainer Kelly Schweida has since trialled the Casino Prince gelding and is happy enough to put him in here. The lugging bit goes back on and a full tongue tie is on for the first time. A track and trip winner already, look for further improvement here.

Race 6 - 3:38PM CSR MONIER Class 4 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Another from the Kelly Schweida stables, SMASHED IT looks well placed here and has the ability to step up to class 4 competition. The Sequalo gelding last won here back in January but showed plenty of zip to win that class 2 over 1200m, covering the trip in 1:09 with 59kgs. The five-year-old has been thereabouts since then until he was spelled for six months. Resuming, he finished third behind Masondale (our tip in race 2) over an unsuitable 900m sprint. Back to 1200m here, the gelding ticks all the boxes including solid form on wet tracks. He maps well, and should be sitting right on the pace. After the claim, he comes in on the limit with just 54kgs to carry. He looms as a definite threat.


This is a pretty handy Class 1. Nearly all of these would not look out of place in midweek company. But I'm on KATHMANDOU. He’s very professional and has yet to miss a major podium spot in 7 career starts. Drawn to receive a lovely, cushy run just behind the speed and being 3rd up here means he's very fit.

You just had to love the way BUDDEROO KNIGHT picked up the bit as they straightened and charged through along the fence to win this grade at Moruya first up. His acceleration late was impressive. He then tried to do the same thing in a much harder BM 70 race at Warwick Farm and finished 4th. Off the inside gate here, looks to settle about 5th, with cover, and just needs room in the straight. Big show for mine from ROCKAFELLA.

This looks the ultimate drop in grade, and get on race. PLEA BARGAIN has had a few goes at winning a race, 19 in fact, and hasn’t yet coming up a little short in numerous placings, including last start when a solid 2nd in BM 58 grade. Theoretically this should be a few lengths easier. 

MOONEE VALLEY (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 3 - 1:40PM 1PRINT HANDICAP (1500 METRES)
APPROACH DISCREET is a dual acceptor for Moonee Valley and Morphettville and he couldn’t have been more impressive last start winning by 8.5 lengths over 1508m at Morphettville. He ran 6.5 seconds quicker than the BM84 over 1600m on the same day, and that sort of time suggests he would have beaten them comfortably too. The progressive three-year-old son of Dawn Approach should be nearing peak fitness fourth-up from a spell, and he’s certainly the one to beat. 

Trainer Jarrod McLean has got TRAP FOR FOOLS flying and his last start performance was better than it looked. With a month between runs, McLean warned punters his charge would need the run and may be vulnerable, but he belted them to score by 2.5 lengths in good time. He’ll go forward again and with the benefit of fitness being fifth-up from a spell, it’s hard to see anything getting past him. 

I think Anjana is the best horse in this race, but she’s being set for the Thousand Guineas – as most of these are - and has drawn awkwardly in barrier 13. Most horses are lacking fitness and may find it hard to catch the John McArdle-trained HUMMA HUMMA who has strong form and is rock-hard-fit. She was narrowly beaten by Sunlight last start, was 3rd behind Brutal before that and previously defeated Thine Is The Power who went on to score impressively next time. Humma Humma has drawn perfectly in barrier 2 and will get her chance with Jamie Mott in the saddle. Thrillster looms as a danger.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

With the scratching of my original selection, Interram, I’m going with METRO TRAMP to show them a clean pair of heels and lead all the way. The daughter of Unencumbered has trialled brilliantly ahead of her debut assignment and gets in with just 51kg after Kayla Crowther’s claim. The Tony McEvoy-trained Magic Sunset is the $2.90 favourite but did run much slower trial time on the same day as Metro Tramp who won her heat by 10 lengths. She did it comfortably and could be one out of the box. 

Another alteration in this race with my original selection, Music Bay, being scratched. Originally, I thought this was a battle in two, so with Music Bay out, GYTRASH looks hard to beat. He trialled extremely well heading into his first-up assignment and won like a smart horse – he’s really come back in good order. He was eased down well before the line and still beat Sunlight’s time where she ran 2nd in the Lightning Stakes on the same day. Darren Weir’s Golden Halo finished two lengths from Sunlight last start and I don’t see why she’s been installed as favourite. With more than a month between runs for Gytrash, he’s been back to the trials and was ultra-impressive finishing 2nd to the unbeaten Assertive Play who Phillip Stokes holds in high regard. Gytrash could have belted her in that trial, and he should be primed to run a big race on his home turf.

ROSEHILL (Ric Chapman)

I do like HIGHWAY SIXTYSIX here despite this being a really strong Class 3 and she has drawn so badly. Probably is snagged back to find cover and charge home. I made her a horse to follow when she last raced in town so no reason to abandon that prediction here.

Race 6 - 3:10PM Group 2 THE RUN TO THE ROSE 3YO (1200 METRES)
Always a race loaded with emerging star quality and this year's rendition is no exception. In fact it looks a vintage field. The Chris Waller trio of ZOUSAIN, LEAN MEAN MACHINE and PERFORMER are all Group 1 level young horses in the making. Which one is better today? That's the question. All 3 should be right in this finish and don't be surprised in JONKER runs huge too, but Performer looks the most likely to succeed. Drawn the fence so gets a great run and if Hughie finds clean air earlier enough, he might be special enough to run leaders down.

Terrific race chock full of stars. Again poor old DAYSEE DOOM is drawn off the track so probably is used up a bit to go forward. She is fresh and has a great fresh record. But CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES appeals the most here. Off the inside draw, she has just a kilo over the limit and is a bona fide Group 1 galloper. Really only needs luck in the straight and can mow these down. They do look to quinella the race.

TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett)

Race 2 - 6:05PM NEIL MANSELL TRANSPORT Class 4 Handicap (1300 METRES)
The locally-trained MR CHOW has run his last four races here on his home track and has not missed a top three finish to date. Two starts back he smashed his class 4 rivals over 1300m, putting three lengths on them. Last start he was set to repeat the dose but found one just a little quicker that day, finishing second to General Cos. He jumps from gate one here and after the claim will carry 54kgs which will beat most of these home. He gets the gun run on the fence and providing he gets clean air on the turn, he should prove too good again.

The small field here will fall into the clutches of the locally-trained LAST ARMAGEDDON who is a three-time winner from five starts here and looks ideally placed. Last start saw him finish over the top of his BM70 rivals over the 1110m trip here. He is stepping up in grade and distance but is in top form this preparation and can win this.

Race 6 - 8:20PM WILSONTON MEATS Class 3 Handicap (870 METRES)
Ben Currie’s mare BELLA OCCHI lines up here and looks terribly hard to beat. The High Chaparral mare is lightly-raced but has won three of her four starts so far. Resuming, she was having her second start and over the 870m sprint, gave nothing else a chance, putting more than five lengths of the field that day. Second-up she did something similar to a class 2 field at Ipswich, winning that event by over four lengths. At her last run, she found the city class a little tougher, finishing third in the BM65 event at Doomben. She resumes here after eight months off the scene. Unbeaten first-up and unbeaten at the track, she maps well in the small field and should take a ton of beating.


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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