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Toowoomba Tips May 26 – 3 best bets for Toowoomba on Saturday

  • 3 to 4 best bets for Toowoomba each week.
Toowoomba racing

Toowoomba Racecourse is home to Australia’s only regular twilight racing with thoroughbred action taking place every Saturday night as well as some feature meetings during the day.


In 2009, the turf club added an artificial surface to compliment the traditional grass track.

See our free weekly Toowoomba selections below:

Toowoomba Tips - May 26

Race 1 - 5:05PM COMPLETE BATHROOMS BenchMark 65 Handicap (1050 METRES) 
Locally trained by Michael Nolan, AMELIA JANE is three starts into this preparation and looks ready to win. First-up this time in, she was a genuine second behind Aggravate in a BM60 at the Gold Coast. She then ran around in a class 2 here over 1000m and although beaten 10 lengths, she finished second to the very smart Spurcraft. Her latest effort saw her out of a place where the very heavy Gold Coast track didn’t suit. Back on top of the ground here, she will strip a lot fitter for those three runs. She is up against the boys again but is honest enough to be a real threat. She does have good early gate speed which should see her in a forward spot. She has a good record over the trip and missed a top three finish just once in four starts at the track. She looms as a definite threat.


Race 3 - 6:10PM PENGELLY TRUCK & TRAILERS BenchMark 75 Handicap (1210 METRES) 
Freshened out of the Ben Currie stable, IRON GEORGE will have a major gear change here which should see the six-year-old return to his best. First-up this preparation he carried the grandstand (62kgs) in a BM70 here over 1200m and came within a neck of winning the event. Ten days later the wet track and 1400m trip beat him at Beaudesert and he also had the blinkers replaced with winkers for the first time which didn’t agree with him either. Currie has taken the winkers off and put the blinkers back on for this event which will boost his chances. Third-up here and much fitter he comes back to his comfort zone of the 1200m and in four starts on his home track is yet to miss a quinella finish. With his early gate speed, he could possibly lead here and as fit as he should be, his rivals will have a job running him down.




Race 4 - 6:50PM GARDEN CITY REFRIGERATION & AIR BenchMark 58 Handicap (2030 METRES) 
Another locally trained entry, TISANI GREY has top weight here but still prove hard to beat. Six starts into this preparation he finally cracked it for a win two starts back where he worked hard early to cross from a wide draw to sit outside the leader without cover. He drifted out in the straight but fought on well to hold on to a solid win. Forget his last run at the Gold Coast where for the fourth time in his career, the heavy track disagreed with him. He finds a dry track here and will appreciate the small drop in distance. He jumps from gate two here and should be prominent throughout from that draw. A three-time winner on his home track, he drops in class here and should again take catching.



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May 19

Race 2. Tony Murray Building & Renovations Hcp (Class 1) 1110m
Locally trained by Ben Currie, Magic By Design has proven to be consistent in her nine career starts with six top three finishes on her resume. She is two starts into this campaign and has come back in good touch. First-up she finished second behind the smart Bubba Rocker here in a class 1 over the 1050m trip. Then last start, she drew poorly in gate 13 and used up a lot of fuel to cross and sit outside the leader. She did well to finish third as three of them hit the line together. Drawn ideally here on the fence, she gets the opportunity to box seat behind the front runners and do her best work where it counts. Leading provincial rider Nozi Tomizawa jumps aboard for his first ride on the four-year-old mare but has enough experience to have her in a winning position at some stage. Third-up and fitter, she looks the one to beat.

Race 3. BK Hire Hcp (Class 3) 1300m
Three starts into her current preparation, the Denman filly Unique Magic is already in winning form ands looks primed to continue in that trend. Second-up over 1200m on a heavy Sunshine Coast track she ran on strongly to finish second behind Bidziil. Then after a five week freshen-up she returned in a class 1 at Ipswich where she went one better to win the 1200m event. She lines up here in stronger company but local trainer Donald Baker has the confidence she is up to the class. She drops 2.5kgs for the 1300m journey and has drawn well in gate five with speedmaps suggesting she will be box-seating soon after the start. On her latest efforts, she looks a solid each-way chance in this.

Race 4. Provincial Distributors Hcp (BM75) 1000m
In the absence of Spurcraft (dual acceptor for Doomben), the Ben Currie trained Isis Magic looks the best of the day here. A track specialist is an understatement with the Nicconi mare boasting eight wins from her nine starts on her home track. She has won her last four straight here with her latest being first-up this campaign. That day she beat home handy gallopers Lipsync and Cambooya Rock, winning the BM75 event by more than a length. Her last start remains a mystery where she was perfectly placed in the box seat at Dalby when she suddenly lost her position along with three or four lengths and never recovered. Forgetting that Dalby run, she is back to her comfort zone on her home track and after the claim by Taylor Williams she will carry a half kilo less than her last victory here. Drawn on the fence, she will enjoy the run of race from there and looks very hard to beat here.


May 12


Race 1 - Fox and Willow Boutique Plate (Class 1) 1625m
The lightly-raced three-year-old Mezcal lines up here after a strong win last start. Having just her third race start, the Real Saga filly took her place in a 1300m maiden at Toowoomba where she was ridden a treat by Ron Goltz and went on to beat her rivals by nearly two lengths.  She has drawn wide here however the field isn’t overly strong and with her early gate speed, we should see her in a forward position. Winning rider Ron Goltz remains aboard. A last start winner here, she is right in the mix.

Race 2 - AG Rigging Hcp (Class 2) 1200m
The Gary Osborne trained Bubba Rocker looks well placed here despite her last start failure against similar company. Resuming from a spell, the Easy Rocking mare beat home a class 1 field here over 1050m. She then took on a class 2 field over 1000m at Ipswich. Jumping from gate 10 she was caught wide and never got into the race, but still hit the line strongly to finish within three lengths of the winner. The short turnaround here will enhance her chances of turning the tables on her rivals. Third-up she will strip fitter and from the rails gate will save plenty of ground. She should be box-seating at some stage and looks right in the mix.

Race 7 - Joe Wagner Group Hcp (Class 4) 1625m
Locally trained from the Ben Currie stables, Mishani Vaidra is yet to miss a top three finish. Just four career starts have led to three victories as the Show A Heart filly remains unbeaten this preparation. A first-up win here in class 2 company over 1300m was closely followed by another comfortable victory in similar company at Dalby over 1400m. Currie has shown his confidence in the filly by putting her up in class and distance as she now tackles the mile. She draws well in gate five but the small field takes the importance of the draw out of play. She will carry 3kgs more than her last start but looks good enough to handle it at this stage. Looking for three in a row, she is a promising filly who prove hard to beat here.


April 21

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.

April 7

Race 2. A & R Refrigeration Plate (Class 3) 2000m
Just six starts into a racing career and the Ben Currie trained Hinchinstyle lines up here as a real threat. The three-year-old filly made short work of her rivals here two starts back when she won her maiden over the mile. Two weeks later she repeated the effort when she stepped up to the 2000m trip against her own age group.  She likes to go forward and drawing gate four in this big field will be ideal for her racing style. She goes up against more experienced runners but her potential is very promising and will enjoy the run of the race here. After the claim she carries just 52.5kgs and will prove hard to run down in the run home.

Race 6. Moore Trailers Toowoomba Guineas 1625m
Drawn in the middle of the field, the Ben Currie trained Hang gets a golden opportunity to avenge his last start defeat. Two starts back he won over this trip at Doomben when first-up, resuming from a four-month break. Last start, he jumped awkwardly and was caught three-deep without cover to the turn. Carted even wider, he was also hampered in the run home and still hit the line well, beaten 1.5 lengths. From gate six, he should find plenty of cover and with leading rider Jim Byrne in the saddle for his first ride on the Clang gelding, he will be given every opportunity in the run home.

Race 8. Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Hcp 1200m
A top class field will contest this $150,000 event and in the absence of Mr Marbellouz (2nd emergency) it leaves the race wide open. Ben Currie has the opportunity here to take out the major prize with his four-year-old gelding Amanaat who is in outstanding form, winning six of his last seven starts. His latest effort saw him win first-up over 1110m at Doomben coming off a three month spell.  Currie has targeted this race for the Per Incanto gelding and he comes here with a new rider Bobby El-Issa who should enjoy a perfect sit in running as he jumps from gate four. He is already a second-up winner and provided he can handle the class rise, he will certainly figure in the finish here.


Where To Bet On Toowoomba Races


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What Bets To Place at Toowoomba Races


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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