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.

ASCOT (Adam Cusworth)

After a couple of unplaced efforts to kick off his summer campaign, ARCADIA PRINCE looks poised to strike when he lines up in Race 7 of the day at Ascot, the Group 3 Scahill Stakes. The Adam Durrant-trained galloper resumed in the Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) back on November 9 and was clearly underdone after almost a year off the scene, finishing last to Star Exhibit. He then stepped out on November 23 and worked home very well in the closing stages to finish 4th, just under a length from Uni Time in the Carbine Club (1400m). Last year, he rose through the grades, winning four out of five, including this race. He has drawn ideally in barrier 3 with Damien Oliver to ride and should be ready to fire. 

The big one at Ascot is the Kingston Town Stakes and one to consider at the each-way quote is BEST OF DAYS. The Godolphin galloper has been thereabouts in some big races of late, finishing 5th in the Group 1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m) at Flemington before heading west and just missing out in the Railway Stakes (1600m) a fortnight ago. While the exciting Tuscan Queen will be hard to beat, it has generally been the Railway that has been the form reference for this race and Best Of Days meets a number of his rivals much better at the weights. He will get the gun run from Brad Rawiler, who jumps from barrier 2 aboard the six-year-old and the pair can go very close. 

DOOMBEN (Steve Bennett)

Race 4 - 2:08PM HAMILTON HOTEL BENCHMARK 75 Handicap (2200 METRES)
A five-week freshen-up has had no ill-effects on CHECKMATE LAD, winning his first race when resuming. He comfortably won that Class 2 event over 1600m at the Sunshine Coast with Ron Stewart aboard for the second time. He then stepped up in grade and finished fourth behind Magstock in a Class 6 over 1830m at Eagle Farm before finishing a close-up third behind Advance Warning and Picka Plum over the 2200m trip at the Sunshine Coast. Last start he had no luck when drawing the outside gate (14) and carrying 58kgs it was a gallant effort when finishing fourth behind Dixie Preacher in the BM70 event over 2020m. He has drawn ideally here in gate two and should enjoy the perfect sit behind the early pace. Stewart is back aboard and has won his last two rides on the five-year-old. Down 2kgs here, he looks great each-way value.

Race 7 - 4:08PM SIDEKICKER BRIBIE Handicap (1050 METRES)
Yet to miss a top-three finish from 13 career starts, SPURCRAFT resumes here after a lengthy 31-week spell. This well performed son of Jet Spur has won four of his past six starts and boasts an impeccable fresh record. After winning in Open company at the Sunshine Coast three starts back, he then made it back-to-back victories winning another Open class event at Doomben where he beat home Mr Marbellouz over 1110m. He was then spelled for 11-weeks and returned at the Gold Coast where he was faced with a Heavy 9 track but still managed to finish second behind Tycoon Ace (beaten half a length) in the 900m sprint. Now, fresh off a break of almost eight months, he lines up here a winner of two previous first-up runs and with fresh legs can give this a real shake.

Race 8 - 4:48PM TAB BRISBANE Handicap (1600 METRES) 
After a disappointing campaign south of the border, THE CANDY MAN bounced back to his best at his first back on Queensland soil. His last two starts on Sydney tracks over the 2000m journey proved a little too much for him. Last start, he lined up in the Mooloolaba Cup over 1600m at the Sunshine Coast and gave his opposition no chance as he raced away to win by almost three lengths. That was just two weeks after his last run in Sydney. He will be coming off a three-week freshen-up here and has drawn ideally in gate three. Last start winning jockey Matty McGillivray retains the ride and together, they should prove hard to hold out.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 2 - 1:13PM APS STAFF Class 2 Handicap (900 METRES)
The Chris Munce-trained TIGER LOVE looks a promising type with wins at her past two starts. At just her second start, she won her maiden at big odds in a tight three-way finish, and was then spelled for nine months. The Better Than Ready filly resumed last month at the Gold Coast where again she figured in a tight, three-way go to the line, and again was victorious. She rises a little in weight here but still looks to be the one they have to catch.

Race 4 - 2:28PM JP FLYING RATINGS BAND 0 - 62 Handicap (1800 METRES)
Three runs back from a 14-week spell, SIDERO STAR should be fit enough now to show his best here. The six-year-old has run most of his races at Aquis Park with a mammoth 31 starts at the track from his career total of 49. He has finished top-five at his past three and last start, he was back to a more suitable distance where he finished fourth behind Hot Sock over the mile at Gatton. The Sidereus gelding is a four-time winner at the track and trip and with a drop of 3.5kgs here, expect to see more improvement in him.

Race 7 - 4:28PM ALL STRATA PROJECTS Class 3 Handicap (1300 METRES)
Yet to win this time in, PURE PULSE drops in grade here which could see him turn it all around. Two starts back, he put in a solid effort to finish second behind Hearts Lifted in a Class 4 at the Gold Coast, although it was only a small field. Then last start he faced double the number of runners, this time at the Sunshine Coast where he wasn’t disgraced when finishing fourth behind The Pines in another Class 4 Hcp. He comes back to Class 3 company here and carries just half a kilo more. Two of his three career wins have come at the 1300m journey so this could be where he hits his straps.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton) 

I’m very keen on TATOOSH here. After being tested over 1800m in September, trainer Will Clarken took the foot of the accelerator and gave him a bit of a break before resetting and lining up in a 1000m. He then went to the China Bowl (1300m) at Ararat before contesting the City Of Marion Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville. He was snagged back to last from the wide gate and found traffic on the bend and early in the straight, but his final 600m rated 6.3 lengths above BM and he was hitting the line hard. He looks perfectly suited stepping up to 1400m and drawing barrier 3 in the small field of seven is ideal. Todd Pannell gets back aboard and will give him every chance. 

WHITE KAPS won at this track and trip last start carrying the same weight, and his performance rated 9.1 lengths above BM which was the strongest performance of the entire meeting. Kayla Crowther sticks and will utilize his early speed from the wide gate as she did last start. And as long as he hasn’t gone backwards from last start, he should be winning this. 

PAKENHAM (Jackson Oldham) 

Race 7 - 4:40pm Sportsbet Pakenham Cup (2500m)
I thought the Michael Moroney-trained CHAPADA was the horse over the odds for the Pakenham Cup. The four-year-old gelding was in two very slowly run races in his first two runs this preparation (10.3L and 13.7L below benchmark to the 600m) so it was no surprise to see him lack some fitness at Rosehill over 2000m third-up. He looked to have more fitness under his belt fourth-up in the Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown and he ran a really good third behind Southern France and Miss Siska. Despite another slow early tempo, he produced the third-best last start figure in the race and should be ready to peak fifth-up over 2500m here at Pakenham. 

Race 9 - 5:55pm Sportsbet Kangaroo Race BM78 Handicap (1000m)
The best value bet of the meeting looks to be the Terry Walsh-trained KALASHANI LAD. The nine-year-old produced some really good figures last preparation behind the likes of Jungle Edge, Malibu Style and William Thomas. I liked his trial at Cranbourne before his first-up run this preparation and resumed over 1000m at Sandown in a Listed race and ran the fastest last 400m of race, running a slashing fourth behind Viridine and Thermal Current. I had a slight query about him staying at 1000m second-up but he did win over 1000m at Sandown fifth-up last preparation. Trainer Terry Walsh doesn’t have many horses but the ROI of his horses is terrific, with five winners from his last 50 runners with a positive ROI 96.4 percent. 

ROSEHILL (Aaron Hamilton) 

Three horses to have raced and each was impressive, and I’m siding with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-prepared FARNAN. Farnan scored an impressive 4.6-length victory at Canberra in 0:57.65 which was seven lengths quicker than the other 1000m maiden, and his final 600m of 0:33.15 was in good time. Mr Maisel was runner-up at Kembla Grange in a time of 0:57.70 which was seven lengths slower than the BM78 race later in the day, while they also ran the final 600m six lengths slower. Hinchbeast won at this track and trip and went hard early to run a slow final sectional of 0:35.40. Hinchbeast is likely to take up the running again with that quick early speed, I’m I think that gives Farnan every chance to settle just behind him, peel off his back late and finish best. 

ORCEIN faces the seven-day back-up after a posting an impressive victory at this track and trip last week. His performance rated 4.1 lengths above BM which is the highest last start figure of any runner, while his PB of 8.4 lengths above BM shows he still has room for improvement. He has to carry more weight as he drops in class, but he’s fit now and looks extremely hard to beat if he can improve on his latest effort. 

There wasn’t a lot between Handspun (2nd), Pumpkin Pie (3rd) and LUCICELLO (4th) last start, and that race looks to have the strongest form heading into Saturday’s contest. Lucicello was racing in tight quarters late and didn’t have a lot of room, and the step up to 1350m third-up is a perfect fit for her. She’s drawn to get a great run from barrier 5, and she can get the outside this time and mow them down in the straight. 

TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett) 

Race 1 - 4:43PM AXIOM INSURANCE BROKERS Class 2 Handicap (1300 METRES)
Formerly with the Mark Newnham stable, MILLEN FALCON has come to town and now resides at the local stables of Matt Boland. All four of his career starts have been here at Clifford Park where he has recorded two wins and as many minor placings. On debut, he won his maiden with ease, although covering the 1200m in a slow 1:13.6, he managed to put 2.5 lengths on the field in the process. Last start he brought up win number two with a close result in BM58 company over 1300m. He steps up to Class 2 company here but after the claim, will carry just 55kgs over the 1300m trip. Noriyuki Masuda is the only rider to have sat on him to date and he remains aboard again. Drawn ideally in gate three, he will take some beating here.

Track specialist BELLA OCCHI looks ideally placed here to bounce back to her best third-up. Back after a four-month break, she has been nailed on the line at both of her runs this time in. Two starts back, she took over passing the 200m mark but was run down over the final 50 metres by Cambooya Rock over the 870m sprint on this track. Then last start, she ran around here again but was again headed by one better on the day, finishing second to smart mare, Love You Lucy in a BM70 over the longer 1110m trip. Down slightly in grade here, she will strip fitter from those two runs and should prove a handful here again. 

Race 4 - 6:30PM JOE WAGNER GROUP Class 3 Handicap (1625 METRES)
Locally-trained by Jason Gregory, THE IRONS will be out to avenge his last start beating. With a resume very similar to Tom Melbourne, the five-year-old boasts no less than six runner-up finishes in his 26-start career, with three of those coming from his past four starts. After finishing second at the Sunshine Coast and then the Gold Coast, he broke the trend with a fourth placing here behind Deladies Boy in a Class 3 over the mile. Then last start, it was back to bridesmaid’s trophies when finishing second to Toga Picta in a harder Class 4 affair, also at Clifford Park. Back to Class 3 company here, and in a reduced field (after early scratchings) he gets another chance to break the drought.


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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