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.

CAULFIELD (Aaron Hamilton)

I think SIRRCONI is one of the best bets on the card following his first-up 2nd to Cliff’s Edge in quick time (1.23.02). He won the Group 2 VRC Sire’s (1400m) when second-up, and then won a 1400m race at Caulfield when second-up next preparation. He’s a horse that always improves with a run under his belt, and if he does that again, he looks extremely hard to beat from up on the speed. 

WINTER BRIDE must carry 2kg extra and hasn’t won second-up before, but she always improves second-up and improvement on her last start win sees her winning this. She was caught wide throughout and had to go back a fair way, but from barrier 8 on Saturday, she can land in a more forward position. She clocked the third quickest 400m to 200m split for the meeting and then seemed to peak late. With a softer run this time, and fitness on her side, she should be strong through the line.

VOODOO LAD has four wins and three 2nd placings from seven starts at the track as well as five wins and a 2nd placing from six starts over 1100m. This is simply his pet track and trip, and it’s impossible to go past him. Ball Of Muscle had his measure last start but the race wasn’t run to suit Voodoo Lad. Brad Rawiller will be mindful of tactics here and will have Voodoo Lad in a winning position for the entire race to make amends. 





DOOMBEN (Steve Bennett)

Race 4 - 2:01PM EDB TRAINING SERVICES Class 6 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Although a little disappointing last start, TAWFIQ BOY can make amends here. Second-up he finished too good at the Sunshine Coast in a class 3 over 1200m then rose sharply in grade to beat home Divine Dice (who won the following start) in a BM80 in wet conditions at Doomben. His latest effort saw him blocked for a run turning for home which cost him some momentum but he still finished within 1.5 lengths of the winner. Jeff Lloyd remains aboard for his third-straight ride on the five-year-old. He has drawn wide but with his early gate speed, he still maps well, finding a sit just behind the pace. His wet track form will play a huge role here.

Race 5 - 2:37PM SHANGRI-LA GARDENS Handicap (1200 METRES) 
Second-up here, HI I’M BACK looks well placed to give red-hot favourite Tversky a real fright. Coming off two solid barrier trial wins, he finished fifth, beaten a length, when first-up at the Sunshine Coast last start. Lacking early speed, he drifted back and had it all to do over the short 1000m sprint. He finished off well and will strip a lot fitter for this event. He’s drawn well in gate six and will find plenty of cover from there. Meanwhile, Tversky has to do it all from the outside gate. Jim Byrne jumps aboard the Tony Gollan-trained gelding for the 22nd time, bringing plenty of experience with him. Six second-up runs have resulted in one win and three runner-up prizes and he looks right in the mix here.

Another who is second-up here, SAINT PATRICKS DAY did enough when resuming to warrant plenty of respect in this field. The Chris Munce-trained gelding left his mark at the end of his last campaign with an impressive win at the Sunshine Coast, putting two lengths on Mishani Bullitt then coming from the back end of the field to finish a respectable fifth behind Pierata in the MM Guineas at the Gold Coast in January. He resumed from eight months in the paddock to a fast finishing third behind Hingus Rose while lumping 60kgs. This lightly-raced four-year-old has won three of his ten starts and all three of those victories have been on rain affected tracks. Drawn ideally in gate four, he will also appreciate the drop of 5kgs from his last start. He will be doing his best work at the finish.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 4 - 2:18PM Diesel Leaders Maiden Plate (1100 METRES)
Resuming from a five-month spell, the Bryan and Daniel Guy-trained ABLE FUN returns to the track and is ready to rumble. Two starts back, he was beaten a lip in a 1200m maiden here behind Snipstream. They raced on a heavy 8 that day. Back on a good 4 last start he finished fourth beaten five lengths. He returns to work gelded and showed his worth at a recent trial on this track, winning by 2.5 lengths, and on a soft track. With a heavy track forecast for Saturday, the Snitzel four-year-old looms as a real threat in this field.

Race 7 - 4:23PM Diesel Leaders Class 2 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Second-up here, CATALINA MISS looks ideally placed and should take a ton of beating. Two starts back, she fought tooth and nail with Manila Miss in a three-year-old maiden here over 1200m and got the better of her in the end. She won that on a heavy 8. The Sidereus mare then wasn’t disgraced when finishing third behind Time To Play in a BM65 over 1200m, conceding a little too much start that day. Drawn well in gate three here, she steps up in class but will enjoy the drop to 55kgs for this on a forecasted heavy track. She is right in this.

Race 8 - 4:58PM Diesel Leaders Class 5 Handicap (1800 METRES)
After a solid win last start, I am putting ALCAZAR on top again, despite the sharp class rise. Two starts back, the five-year-old mare showed big improvement when running second in a BM60 at Ipswich over 1710m. She then went one better by winning a BM0-65 here over 1800m where she took over on the turn and safely held the rest in the run to the line. Drawn ideally here in gate four, the mare should enjoy a perfect sit just behind the pace and take advantage of her 3kg drop in weight from her last start win. The Captain Sonador mare should relish the conditions with a resume that reads four starts on wet tracks for two wins and a minor placing. Track, distance, conditions, tick. The class rise is the only query.


Two starts back FORTIFICATION led all way to win a Warwick Farm maiden, then tried to lead a strong BM 64 field same track and folded. This is much easier and looks the winner. Is on home soil too.

Many chances here but despite big weight on a Heavy 10, I'm on DELFUEGO. Form is consistent this grade and consistently good at that. Is 3rd up and should nearly have won last start.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 4 - 2:51PM Romeo's Hill Smith Stakes (1800 METRES)
Darren Weir’s APPROACH DISCREET has been slightly disappointing of late but returns to the scene of his 8.5 length victory earlier this campaign. He’s rock-hard-fit now and the small field suits as he’ll get the race run to suit and won’t have to be pushed out of his comfort zone. Only short odds on offer but he’s one for the multis.

Race 7 - 4:56PM The Community Co Durbridge Stakes (1200 METRES)
CASINO WIZARD meets Holy Blade a whopping 6kg better at the weights here and that’s more than enough to turn the tables. He has a great second-up record, loves the track and should be in a striking position as the turn for home. 

RANDWICK (Ric Chapman)

Race 5 - 2:50PM THE KOSCIUSZKO (1200 METRES)
Open class, stakes performer THE MONSTAR is the obvious class and will make his presence felt. Likes it wet too and this is drop in class for him. VICTOREM is the emerging star and has stakes horse written all over him. Don't worry about being first up here as his first up form is exquisite. Big show. When trainer Rod Northan and rider Robert Thompson plan something, they tend to pull it off. AFTER ALL THAT, the one they are teaming up for in this, hit the wire last start when resuming in a super strong race. He grabbed 4th and it was an absolute corker of a run, his final 400m sectionals being very fast. Looks toughest if he repeats that run.

Race 7 - 4:15PM THE TAB EVEREST (1200 METRES)
Like many of punters and racing fans, I can't wait for this race. Given we pride ourselves on having the fastest sprinters in the world, it is such a great race to compliment that thought. Last year's winner REDZEL may get his own way in front as there isn't any genuine speedsters other than him. He won this race last year by being too fast on the front end all the way. Probably not going as well this year but he is still a superstar. SANTA ANA LANE is a multiple Group 1 winner and is the track record holder for this trip. He is one of only 2 horses in history to run sub 1.08 this track. Gets back, runs on hard and is in form. BRAVE SMASH ticks every box. Placed this race last year, is racing in better form this year, will love it wet and drawn perfectly. Hugh Bowman rides too. Will charge home. SHOALS is the only other horse in history to run under 1.08 for this trip here. She is a multiple Group 1 winner also and got home brilliantly to fail by a lip last start. Must be respected.

I can't wait to back ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN in this. Fourth up, man, rarely do you see a horse just so ready to pounce and roar into Melbourne Cup consideration. He is itching for a fight at this level and last start 4th similar race was outstanding. Can win. PATRICK ERIN is his in-form stablemate who is very tough and last start win against similar field was first rate. Big show. HARIPOUR from Victoria is an emerging staying talent suited here. Has won past 3.


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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