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August 4

Race 3 - 1:28PM MANTRA HOTELS Class 4 Handicap (1800 METRES)
The Brian Smith-trained LUCY LE ROC looks well placed here and is in good form of late. A winner at the track three starts back, she tended to hang out in the run home but still managed to collar Straight Home on the line for a solid win. She then finished second to Geometrist and then third behind Charles the Third, both over the track and trip. The small field here will suit and Andrew Spinks returns to the saddle after steering her to victory twice previously. She is right on the mix here.

Race 4 - 2:03PM CON-X-ION BenchMark 75 Handicap (900 METRES)
The lightly-raced LINLITHGOW has impressed trainer Toby Edmonds enough to enter her here against more experienced runners. The five-year-old Drumbeats mare has had just three starts but been convincing by winning two of them. She won her maiden on debut over the 1000m trip at the Sunshine Coast. After a six-month lay-off, she resumed and was runner-up to Sir Donald on a wet Gold Coast track. After spending another 14 months off the scene, she resumed again on this track and easily accounted for her class 3 rivals, winning the 900m sprint by more than two lengths. This mare shows plenty of promise and threatens to give this a real fright.

Race 8 - 4:38PM EXPERIENCE OZ Class 1 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Bryan and Daniel Guy have JUNCTION engaged here and despite carrying top weight he looms as a real threat. First-up after almost 18 months off the scene, he fought on well to finish third in a BM62 here on a wet track over 1400m. Then three weeks later he was back on top of the ground and improved to finish second behind Helfuchi in a class 1 over 1100m. He beat home Goodonya Sonja that day who was a last start winner at Doomben last week. Third-up here he strips even fitter and is a track and trip winner who can figure in the finish.

July 21

Race 4 - 1:13PM MATES IN CONSTRUCTION Class 1 Plate (900 METRES)
First-up, resuming from a four-month break, the Keely Schweida-trained DOOM was impressive in winning his maiden at Gatton. He gave nothing else a chance in winning by almost three lengths and covered the 1100m in 1.04.9 which is good time on a rain affected track. The win was a welcomed relief to the stable after no less than five runner-up prizes in his previous eight starts. He steps up to class 1 company here but looks well placed to continue on his winning way.
Result (2nd)

Race 5 - 1:48PM COUNTRY RACING SYDNICATIONS Fillies & Mares Ratings Band 0-62 Handicap (1100 METRES)
The Brian Wakefield-trained JARDINE ROUGE has returned from an 18 month break in great order. The Red Element four-year-old hit the ground running at Ipswich first-up when finishing second behind Tziporah over 1100m. The mare then went one better at Gatton last start. In the space of 200 metres, she put 12 lengths on her opposition to win like a $1.35 favourite should. Can’t see a different result coming from this event either. 
Result (1st - $1.90)

Race 9 - 4:23PM RACING AWARDS NIGHT 15TH AUG BenchMark 65 Handicap (1800 METRES)
A top three finish at her last three starts puts LUCY LE ROC right in this event. Two starts back she was an impressive winner at this track and trip in class 3 company. Crossing the heels of the front runners on the turn, she finished the better and got the nod on the line. Last start was just as impressive where she beat all but Geometrist home in a class 4 over the same 1800m trip. The heavy ‘9’ beat her that day. With a dry track forecast here, she will be hard to hold out, back on top of the ground. 
Result (3rd)

July 14

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.
Result (1st - $1.75)

Race 7 - 2:58PM SCI FLEET Class 2 Handicap (1200 METRES) 
Three starts into this preparation and ARMET will strip much fitter and look the winner at some stage here. Locally-trained by Alicia Willick, the Helmet gelding has had two starts after a two-month let-up and finished thereabouts on both occasions. His latest effort saw him finish mid-field after jumping well from the inside gate but lost his spot when they sprinted earlier than expected. He was blocked for room in the run home but wasn’t disgraced finishing just behind the placegetters. With those three runs behind him, he will at his peak for this. Micheal Hellyer returns to the saddle where he was for the four-year-olds only two career victories. Down a little in weight and back to class 2 company, keep him safe.
Result (scratched)

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.
Result (2nd)

July 7

Race 3 - 11:58AM RONDO STEEL STUD AND TRACK Colts, Geldings and Entires Maiden Handicap (1400 METRES)
After 22 starts, ESCAPADO is still in maiden class but that can all change here. The Love Conquers All gelding has always shown a preference for middle distances having finished in the minor money on six previous occasions in races over 1400m or more. Recently returning from a spell, he two runs to date were over 1300m and 1350m respectively and with those behind him now, he should be fitter and ready to show his best. He has drawn wide but has regular rider Ryan Plumb aboard here who will look for a sit back in the field. Expect improvement in him in the run home.
Result (unplaced)

Race 8 - 2:58PM NORTH AUSTRALIAN CONTRACTING QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1300 METRES)
The locally-trained Hinchinbrook filly COOL MOVER is a progressive type who has won two of her 10 starts and her latest effort was most impressive. Heading the field, she was left alone in front and enjoyed a soft run to the turn, then found another gear and left the rest to fight out the minors, going on to win by just over two lengths. She is drawn to enjoy a similar run today but may have to take a sit behind probable leader Masondale who looks to cross in front from his wide gate. If the pace is genuine, Cool Mover will still play a hand in the finish. She is second-up here and will strip fitter from her last start win.
Result (scratched)

Race 10 - 4:18PM RONDO EGM Class 1 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Third-up and ready to win, the Mel Eggleston-trained FLOREANA looks ideally placed here coming off two solid hit-outs. First-up after seven months in the paddock, she wasn’t disgraced in finishing sixth (2.25 lengths) over an unsuitable 900m sprint in class 1 company on this track. Then last start found the 1200m much more suitable and finished strongly to grab second prize behind Cool Mover (our tip in race 8). That was in BM62 company. The Snitzel filly comes back to class 1 grade here and with those runs behind her now, will be hard to hold out in this.
Result (1st - $3.20)

What Bets To Place at Gold Coast 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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