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.

BELMONT (Adam Cusworth)

Race 3 is for the three-year-olds and after winning on debut, MASSIMO can go on with the job. The Adam Durrant-trained galloper stepped out at Belmont a fortnight ago and took on a number of his rivals that he meets again on Saturday. In the August 10 race, the son of Sessions settled just off the speed and was strong in the last 200m, taking over to win by half a length from At War and Amarillo Rose. He rises 2kg in weight but should improve from his initial hitout and if Jade McNaught can find a spot early on he should be hard to beat. 

Race 8 - 4:25PM PENINSULA MILE (1650 METRES)
The feature at Belmont is the Peninsula Mile and an each-way contender that is well worth another chance is ABDICATOR. The Darren Mcauliffe-trained galloper has had two runs this time in and resumed with a runner-up performance behind Multiverse over the 1200m on July 20 before fading late in the piece in a 1600m race at the same track a fortnight ago when attempting to lead all the way. He may have lacked the race fitness that day and a key to his chances could be the predicted moderate tempo as he likes to push forward. A third up winner in the past, he can make his presence felt.  

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 4 - 1:23PM JAYMAC RACING SUPPORTS QBI Class 6 Handicap (900 METRES)
The ever-consistent STELLA POWER lines up here and will looking to pull one back on Boom Chicka Boom. After a hard-fought win at Eagle Farm three starts back, the six-year-old then came up against Boom Chicka Boom in a Class 6 at Doomben over the 1050m trip. Try as hard as he did, he couldn’t bridge the gap that day, finishing second to the Les Kelly-trained gelding, beaten less than a length. Last start, he beat all but Just Orm home in a BM75 at Doomben, battling on well after being caught wide early. Here, he clashes with Boom Chicka Boom again only this time meets him 4kgs better which should make things interesting in the run home. Nine starts this preparation have resulted in seven top-three finishes and this could be career win number five.

Odds correct as at 8:00AM (AEST) on 22/08/2019

Race 7 - 3:17PM BUSINESS INSURANCE GROUP BenchMark 70 Handicap (1800 METRES)
Another who will be looking to go one better is POLEMIC who was a good thing beaten last start. The Street Cry gelding drew wide and settled worse than mid-field and in the run home, took ground off the leaders but gave them too much start in the end. Galtero won that race well but to be fair, he drew the fence that day and box-seated all the way. Here, Galtero has to do it from the outside gate (14) and carry more weight in the process. Polemic meets him better at the weights and will jump from gate two. This could prove to be the difference and he is currently great each-way value.

Race 8 - 3:57PM COOLPHASE COMMUNITY No Metro Wins Handicap (1400 METRES)
Visiting from south of the border, the Kris Lees-trained ALBERT’S NO PUSSY brings some impressive form with him. Two starts back he won a BM66 at Scone and followed that up with an even more impressive effort where he lumped 61kgs around the 1300m trip at Newcastle and still proved far too good for his BM64 rivals, taking out that event by almost three lengths. That’s solid form coming into this No Metro .Win field. He drops 4.5kgs from that win and jumps from the middle of the pack in gate seven. He has enough early gate speed to be sitting on or just behind the pace and looks to be the one to beat here.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

I think the market has well and truly overreacted to the McEvoy/Vorster combination with Intrigue being installed a $3.40 chance here. The Deep Field filly was pushed out to win a trial at Cranbourne and heads back to South Australia for her debut. The 2nd and 3rd horses home in the trial have been comprehensively beaten since so I don’t like the form. Of the others, the Lindsay Park filly, HAFAAWA, rates highest going 5.6 lengths above benchmark (BM) at Sandown and then going 1.2 lengths above BM on the synthetic track at Ballarat last start where she defeated Betta Together who has again finished 2nd at the track. Lewis German’s 3kg claim gets Hafaawa in 1kg under the minimum, and she’s likely to land the box seat behind the leader and chime in at the right time. 

Arty Lucas and BRONSKI sat one-two last start and Arty Lucas was clearly stronger late – but that was at Murray Bridge with a fair playing surface, and Bronski carried 4kg more which was probably the difference in the end over 2000m. Only 2kg separates them this time, and Arty Lucas has previously settled much further back at Morphettville and failed to make up the ground, and that swings the advantage back to Bronski who can take a trail behind Chilean Wonder. 

CROCKETT is clearly the class horse in this event, and $5 is a worthwhile price to take to find out how he’s come back. First-up last campaign, he was runner-up to Darren Weir-trained Won Ball over 1250m at Morphettville, and his best BM efforts last campaign (+6.1 and +9.5) are head and shoulders above any of Saturday’s rivals. Aiguilette defeated Crockett in a recent barrier trial and is $2.80 favourite for this event, but Crockett was eased up along the inside and had a soft hit-out. He gets his chance to bounce back here. 

RANDWICK (Aaron Hamilton)

I’m sticking with the talented LUCICELLO who probably wasn’t suited last time dropping back from 1200m to 1100m in a race that rated high, while she also meets Athiri 1kg better at the weights for having beaten that filly home last start. Superium meets Lucicello better at the weights also, but the latter came from a few lengths off Superium to go past her near the line, and Superium seemed to go a bit backward second-up last campaign despite winning. 

All the hype is around Libertini who will probably blow them away. However, she’s $1.85 and I think there is a better value option in the race. The Tony McEvoy-trained PRETTY BRAZEN is at $20 the Win and $4.20 to Place, so she represents better each-way value even if she just places. She trialled magnificently in Adelaide and then won accordingly first-up. She then ran the quickest 1050m trial time at Randwick, and for McEvoy to have instructed Luke Currie to rev her up in the trial, she must have needed the hit-out to bring her on. She has a fitness edge over most of these with a trial, a race and another trial under her belt, and with the blinkers going on for the first time, she looks ready to run a big race. Pretty Brazen came home six lengths quicker than Libertini in their respective trials, and that’s a big margin for Libertini to bridge even if she is pushed right out. 

BALLER won a 1000m barrier trial in quick time (0:58.71) and looked like he was going far easier than Dreamforce who carries top weight of 60kg while Baller gets in on the minimum (53kg). He’s unbeaten in two first-up runs, and from the good gate, he maps to get the run of the race one out and one back. This is an open contest, but Baller ticks a lot of boxes and looks over the odds at double figures. 

THE VALLEY (Jackson Oldham)

Race 1 - 12:20pm Paramount Liquor Handicap (1600m)
The Lindsay Park-trained galloper LEGALE was desperately unlucky last start here at The Valley and looks a nice price at nearly double figure odds after starting favourite last start. He paraded perfectly and tracked into the race ok before being held-up, held-up and was then checked badly at the 400m, went for another gap around the home turn and got bumped and the rider Lewis German almost fell. The last five jockeys the Lindsay Park stable have put on Legale have been L.German, L.King. H.Coffey. B.McDougall and J.McNeil. Finally we get Mark Zahra on from barrier seven and this looks like a set-up for the horse to show his best. His peak performance figure in the last two years is 14.4 lengths above benchmark, which is second only to Laure Me In (15.1 lengths above) who has been backed from $17 into $6.50. I can see why the Scott Brunton-trained Shot Of Irish is favourite. He was outstanding two starts ago at Sandown, blowing away Smart Elissim before running a good third last Saturday at Caulfield behind Age Of Chivalry. Having said that, I’d rather back Legale at $9.00 than Shot Of Irish at $3.90.

Race 2 - 12:55pm Sweeney Estate Agents Handicap (2500m)
I was very keen on the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained THE STATESMAN here at The Valley three weeks ago and I tipped him around the $4.60 mark and he started closer to $3.00. It was a horrible watch from start to finish and I thought his effort to finish third was outstanding. He jumped well from the wide gate but Teo Nugent showed no intent to get across and the fact that the likes of Habesha and San Remo kicked up from inside gates meant he was stuck three-wide and working for the first 700m of the race. Once he finally got over, he was still forced to sit outside the leader who was ran 8.9 lengths faster than class benchmark to the 600m. He hit the front at the 300m but the other favourite, More Than Ever was given an inch perfect ride from Jamie Kah, went back to the outside as the leader San Remo had dropped out and it was game over. Much the same as three weeks ago, the bookies have installed More Than Ever favourite over The Statesman, who was a much better run in my opinion. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the market support again on raceday and him start favourite over More Than Ever.

Race 9 - 5:20pm MSC Signs Handicap (2040m)
The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained AL GALAYEL has run seventh in all three runs this preparation but I thought all three runs were full of merit. He had two good fitness building runs at Sandown Lakeside first-up and Flemington two starts ago. He stepped up from 1600m to 2040m last start here at The Valley and there was strong market support for him, as he opened $17 and started $8.50. He had no chance of winning with the race shape, as Linda Meech controlled the race from the from on Inverloch, the leader won and the second horse Masculino sat on the leaders back. He was still last at the 200m and savaged the line, running the fastest last 200m, 400m and 600m of the race, while running the seventh-fastest last 200m, ninth-fastest last 400m and 12th-fastest last 600m of the meeting. He has that 2000m run under his belt now and should be ready to win. With the likes of Tavirun, Inverloch and Masculino in the race, the leaders should run along early and that can bring the likes of Al Galayel into the race. He maps slightly worse than midfield from barrier nine and I’m trusting Damian Lane to give him a peach of a ride. 

TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 5:25PM HYGAIN Class 2 Handicap (1000 METRES)
Three starts into his current preparation, WALL STREET TYCOON is bursting at the seems for a victory and this looks ideal for him. Resuming from a 17-week break, he finished second at Toowoomba in a BM58 then stepped up to Class 3 company and wasn’t disgraced when finishing third behind Hi Fiver. Last start, he gave them too much start when finishing fourth behind Wirnpa, here in a BM65. He maps well here and if the pace is on, he will be lurking just behind them, ready to pounce. Top-three finishes in eight of his past ten starts is a clear display of his consistency and this could be his race.

Race 2 - 6:05PM TAYLOR BUILDING GROUP Class 3 Handicap (1300 METRES)
NSW visitor MARAWAKA is an impeccably bred gelding who is living up to his bloodlines. By Pierro out of a Not A Single Doubt mare, the four-year-old has missed a top-two finish just once in his past six starts and although he steps in grade here, he looks quite capable of matching it with this field. After a close-up second at Tamworth two starts back, he went one better last start, winning a Class 1 at Kempsey while lumping 61kgs over the 1250m trip. He has very good early gate speed and Lees will want him leading or thereabouts. Up in class but down in weight, he will take catching here.

Race 6 - 8:35PM SHANNON SIGN COMPANY Class 4 Plate (2025 METRES)
Locally-trained by Michael Nolan, UBIRR ROCK  is in good touch of late and looks in the mix here. He did finish unplaced at his two starts following his maiden win here, but turned it around last start. Stepping up in grade, he beat home a Class 2 field here over the mile trip, holding off the late challenges. The queries here are stepping up in grade again, plus the extra 400m could test. However, it’s not an overly strong field and the Easy Rocking gelding should be at his peak after five runs into this campaign. He draws the fence and should get the gun-run from there. 



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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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