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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.

Saturday Best Bets - July 21

Check back on Friday to see our updated best bets.

Previous Saturday tips:

July 14

BELMONT (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 3 - 1:54PM SWAN RIVER VASE (2200 METRES)
It’s hard to go past AT THE READY here following his last start run. He settled last off a slow tempo and was absolutely flying home to share 4th place with Falcon Crest. The extra 200m is ideal and he meets Gatting and Falcon Crest better at the weights under the set weights and penalties conditions of this event. 

REBEL KING had the measure of It’s It after that pair set the speed last start and I expect this to be the same. It’s It should lead from barrier 4 and Rebel King should land on his outside unless he opts for a sit behind Snow Lord or More Aces who are also likely to go forward. He should improve with that first-up run under the belt, and although he meets It’s It worse at the weights, Rebel King is the one to beat with plenty of upside. Seeker looms as the likely danger but I’m not sure he’s suited dropping back in trip when he’s likely to get back and try and run on. 

CAULFIELD (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 3 - 1:00PM Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap (1700 METRES)
Pretty confident ANOTHER COLDIE is the one to beat here. He was jumping from 1200m second-up to the mile last start, and despite being caught three wide without cover, he loomed as the winner and was only outgunned by stablemate Silentz late. He improves deeper into his campaigns and the step up to 1700m at his fourth run is ideal. He should have no trouble getting one off the fence from barrier 3, and if Damian Lane can work him into the clear at the right time, he can finish best to score. 

Race 5 - 2:10PM Ladbrokes Odds Boost Exotics Handicap (1200 METRES)
RILLITO was a clear standout last time and I can see no reason to jump off her. She ran the quickest of the three 1200m races on the day, clocked the second quickest sectional from the 400-200m and the seventh quickest from the 200-finish. That tells me she’s open to improvement and with that solid run under her belt, she should be stronger late in the piece. 

Race 8 - 4:10PM Ladbrokes Info Hub Handicap (1400 METRES)
Gee RESERVE STREET has been impressive in his past two wins but the one main concern is the fact all three of his wins have been on the Pakenham synthetic. He ran very slick time over 1400m two starts back and then defeated Maxey Campo who has subsequently brained them at the same track - so the form looks genuine. Craig Williams has chased the ride, and with 5.5kg less, he’ll takes some running down from up on the speed at his third run this preparation. 

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 4 - 1:08PM PACIFIC PETROLEUM QTIS Two-Years-Old Maiden Plate (1100 METRES)
Stuart Kendrick’s filly WINTER PASSAGE has finished top three in her two starts since returning from a four-month spell. First-up she drew an inside gate and looked the winner until grabbed on the line by Miss Quaintly. Second-up she beat all but the first two home where she drew out wide and worked hard to cross, over-racing in the process. She still hit the line well and finished a gallant third. The I Am Invincible filly has experience on most of these and will super fit after those two runs. Luke Dittman hops aboard for his first ride on the filly and jumping from gate one, can make his own play. I expect her to be in the first two on settling and over the shorter 1100m trip, with fitness and experience with her, she will prove hard to run down.

Race 8 - 3:38PM ACCURATE PROFILING Class 1 Plate (1800 METRES)
It took her 12 starts, but ALMA BUBBLES finally broke through with her maiden win last start and couldn’t have been more impressive. Sitting behind the pace in the small field, Anthony Allen pulled the filly wide on the turn and joined the leader (Brown Brown) at the 200m mark. The Al Maher filly then crossed the line, seven lengths ahead of her rivals and had plenty left. She meets class 1 company here and has Allen back in the saddle. She draws well in gate six and is well weighted. On her last performance, she will take a ton of beating here.


Race 2 - 12:41PM Darley Handicap (1050 METRES)
I just don’t think they will be able to catch LE POMME DE PIN here. And while this is a very handy field of youngsters which includes three interstate visitors and four local hopes, Lloyd Kennewell’s daughter of I Am Invincible really has that x-factor. She looked home on debut but was claimed on the line by Long Leaf who really franked the form. Her Magic Millions win at Ballarat was outstanding, but she overdid it in the Wyong Magic Millions and went for a spell. Her Murray Bridge trial was disappointing, but she turned that around with an impressive trial performance at Morphettville. She’s being set for the Lightning Stakes in two weeks’ time and should be winning this if hey are to push ahead. 

Race 3 - 1:16PM Kevern Klemich Grand National Hurdle (Parks Track)(Over the Rainbow) (3500 METRES)
In four hurdle starts this campaign, COUGAR EXPRESS has won three and was narrowly defeated by Kothu Rotti who subsequently franked the form with a win on the flat and an absolute thrashing of his hurdle rivals last start. Cougar Express endured a ding-dong battle with Patrick Payne’s emerging hurdler, Sir Lopez, last start and got the desired result while beating home the rest by nearly seven lengths. He’s proven over this trip, has a will to win and is near faultless over the jumps. Stick with him. 

Race 6 - 3:11PM Hualalai at Ducatoon Park Handicap (1050 METRES)
BELWAZI is a dual acceptor but I really hope she takes the Morphettville option instead of Caulfield. If the Caulfield race was over this distance instead of 1200m, I would have tipped Belwazi to beat Rillito who was super impressive last start. Belwazi may get the extra trip, but it’s an unknown, and I’d be far more confident backing her over 1050m. The form out of her last two races has held up, and despite the wide gate, she looks hard to beat. 

ROSEHILL (Ric Chapman)

They will go hard here and I think STAR OF MONSOON will sit off them and come with a charge. Every start, every campaign since he was gelded has improved him as a racehorse and he can make a mark here first up. Trial form excellent.

Race 7 - 3:10PM WINTER STAKES (1400 METRES)
This is a terrific mid-winter stakes race. So much speed and so many over BM100 runners. I'm on DREAMFORCE for the John Thompson yard. This despite the fact he's drawn the widest. He tends to get back and find cover anyway and he has a strong finishing burst. Probably sits back about 12th or so and being 3rd up, he can motor home over Testashadow. Good race.

Good contest, plenty of chances, in fact the whole card on Saturday is a rip-snorter. It's hard to pass ALBUMIN down on the limit. Won his past two in grand style and although this is harder, he's been running times that can win this grade. Lofty’s Menu can bob up at huge odds and run a place too.

SUNSHINE COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 2 - 12:17PM THOMPSON McNICHOL LAWYERS Class 6 Plate (1200 METRES)
The High Chaparral gelding SUPER SUAVE looks ideally placed here with a very strong resume. Winning two of his last three, the four-year-old gave nothing else a chance three starts back at Ipswich where he put three lengths on his class 3 rivals, beating home the very smart Barefoot Tycoon. Then here last start, he drew very wide on a heavy track but still managed to beat home his BM80 opposition. All boxes are ticked here with Brad Stewart (winning five of six on his back) remaining aboard again. He is three from six at the track and four from nine over the trip. Jumping from gate four here, he looks the one to beat.

Liam Birchley’s gelding FIT FOR PURPOSE faces a big drop in class here after taking on open company in the Listed Glasshouse Hcp here two weeks ago. Prior to that he was placed twice in class 6 company at the Gold Coast and two starts back came from mid-field to grab victory in a BM75 at Ipswich on a soft track. He beat home the fast improving Bluebrook that day and meets him 1kg better here. His wet track form will be an asset with a rain affected track forecast here. He maps well from gate four and jockey Matt McGillivray has won three times previously on him. He is right in the mix here.

Race 9 - 4:37PM RPS QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1400 METRES)
A big field of three-year-olds will battle this one out and Desleigh Forster’s gelding CHAPTER AND VERSE couldn’t come into this with stronger claims. This son of Rothesay is yet to miss a top three finish after five very impressive career starts. No more impressive than his latest effort where he came from a hopeless position to finish second, beaten less than two lengths behind The Bostonian. On that effort alone, he rates a huge chance against these. Listed as one of our horses to follow (June 23), he commands respect here as he drops 3kgs on that last run and maps well enough to suggest he could easily reproduce that effort here. I rate him as an each-way special for the day.

WYONG (Ric Chapman)

Chris Waller looks to quinella this race. I like the well bred 3YO boy NIGHT BREAKER to beat the 3YO filly of his called Lake Hayes. Both are stayers of quality in the making and both placed at provincial maiden grade at their latest runs. The Plate weights mean the filly gets a 2kg allowance, but given this track, she will be out the back while Night Breaker will be up on pace from the get go. And that's a heightened advantage for him.

LOVELETTER hasn't won for a while but does seem to race with heart and consistency and really, this is the easiest race she has been in for a while. Was beaten under 4 lengths in BM 75 grade 2 runs back and start was a solid 3rd, coming from midfield, this track under 58kg in BM 65 grade. Looks the one for mine...especially as she has just 53.5kg to carry.

When I looked through the form here I said to myself...'easy kill' in relation to COUVRE LIT. I know she's a 2YO filly but she has ability and her recent trial runs this time up support that also. It's a strong Class 1 but she might be a stakes horse in 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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