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)

The stayers line up over the 3200m trip in Race 4 and the proven contender over the distance is DARK MUSKET. The veteran has had three runs this time in after finishing 9th in the Perth Cup (2400m) earlier in the year and has been building up nicely. His last start performance saw him run 4th in the Pinjarra Cup (2300m) and in that lead up he kept grinding away after settling last in the early stages before peeling out wide. He was just under two lengths from He's A Parker and he meets the placegetters much better at the weights this time around. He should get a nice steer from barrier 4 and will go very close at the each-way odds. 

Race 7 at Ascot is a BenchMark 64 and LITTLE FISH should be hard to beat. The Kalgoorlie galloper has won six of nine career starts and has been racing well this campaign. He took out a 1MW two starts ago over the 1200m after covering a lot of ground during the run and had to do it the hard way again on March 30 when posted out wide before running 3rd to Special Reward. While the four-year-old has drawn in a tricky spot, with any luck he might be able to land in the running line and with the 3kg claim for the apprentice hoop, Jade McNaught, he should be able to find plenty at the business end of the race. 

CAULFIELD (Jackson Oldham)

Race 2 - 12:50pm Bill Collins Handicap (2000m)
I thought the Chris Waller-trained BIRTH OF VENUS has flown under the radar in his two runs in Australia. He was given no chance in his Australian debut at The Valley, he was slow away then back and wide in a slowly run race and was outsprinted the final 600m. He stayed at 1600m second-up and was a hidden gem. The leader Pria Eclipse went 7.3 lengths slower than class benchmark to the 600m, giving horse back in the field no chance. Meech made a move at the 800m and he ran the fastest 800m-600m split but was then outsprinted. He ran the seventh-fastest 600m-400m and fifth-fastest 400m-200m before balancing up and running the fastest last 200m of the race. He has been outsprinted in two slowly run mile races and he should love getting out beyond that distance, up to 2000m now. He looks a good each-way bet in a race where I can find plenty of negatives for the favourites. 

Race 6 - 3:15pm Geoff Murphy Handicap (1100m)
It was hard to not be impressed with the Chris Waller-trained VOILA in her recent Flemington jumpout. She just cruised around the 800m jumpout in very quick time, as the jockey sat motionless, never asking the three-year-old filly for an effort. She has performed ok in Sydney but looks better suited in Melbourne, as her one run in Melbourne she produced a career PB, running 7.1 lengths above benchmark and finishing just 0.5 lengths off Bleu Roche and Causeway Girl at Flemington last preparation. She comes to Caulfield second-up off the back of a good run at Warwick Farm and that impressive Flemington jumpout. The favourite Tofane does look talented. Ollie has gone to Ballarat & Bendigo to ride her at her first two starts, she was backed as if unbeatable last start, $1.85 into $1.35 and she bolted in, winning by 3.8 lengths. She went 11.1 lengths above the class benchmark. Barrier 2 with the speed on was my issue with her.

DOOMBEN (Steve Bennett)

Race 3 - 12:43PM OSCAR OSCAR SALONS One Metro Win Handicap (1110 METRES)
Looking for a second win on the trot, POWER COMMAND comes into this contest ticking plenty of boxes. A lightly-raced four-year-old, the mare put paid to a BM70 field last start when resuming from an 18-week spell. Just 11 career starts have resulted in three wins and four minor money finishes and she comes in nicely at the weights here. Ryan Wiggins is one from one on her back and retains the ride. She will get back here and be conceding race favourite (Meet Mr Taylor) a start, however she has the benefit of that one run back and drawn in gate two will be doing no work early to hold a spot near the fence. She has the runs on the board to take this out.

Race 6 - 2:28PM TAB ASCOT Handicap (1200 METRES)
Third-up here, TYZONE should be at his peak for this. Resuming from an 11-week break, the Written Tycoon gelding finished fast to win the Listed Goldmarket Hcp at the Gold Coast carrying 59kgs. Last start he was far from disgraced in the Listed Weetwood Hcp at Toowoomba where he was trapped wide most of the way but still managed to finish fifth, beaten less than two lengths in the run home. A two-time winner third-up, he looks well placed here and already is also a dual winner at the track and trip. 

Out of sorts last preparation, the Tony Gollan-trained EF TROOP is back home after a stint south of the border last spring which wasn’t as successful as first hoped. The Spirit Of Boom gelding has enjoyed a six-month spell and returned to work in a barrier trial last month and didn’t raise a sweat winning that trial by more than three lengths. Eight career starts have brought two victories with both wins on this track. Gollan has taken off the winkers for the first time and will leg-up Jeff Lloyd for his first ride on the three-year-old. If he brings his trial form here, he will be too good for these.

One galloper that has been swept under the carpet after just one unplaced finish this campaign is the Garnett Taylor-trained DAWSON DIVA who is more than capable of matching it with this field. The Falvelon filly beat home a classy three-year-old field at the Sunshine Coast three starts back, headed by the smart Show A Heart filly Barefoot. Two starts back, she got caught too far back and with a slow pace struggled to run them down when finishing fifth behind Tatcee over the mile at Eagle Farm. Last start she stepped up to 1840m and showed improvement when finishing third behind Rocknavar, coming from well back again. She faces her own sex here and drops a little in weight. Ryan Wiggins remains in the saddle where he has been for both her career wins to date. Drawn nicely in gate six, Wiggins will find his way in the run and be looking for clean air on the turn. She looks way over the odds here and will give you a great run for your money.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Tips to follow on Friday.

OAKBANK (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 1 - 11:56AM O'Leary Walker Benchmark 82 Handicap (Heat 7 Autumn Series) (1400 METRES)
It always pays to find horses with a bit of Oakbank form as this track is very unique and some just don’t handle it. GOING GAGA is a previous winner at the track when defeating Triple Spec – who was flying at the time – over 1400m with top weight of 59.5kg. He’s always a horse that improves with a run, and although he finished 4.3 lengths 10th behind Won Ball when first-up over 1250m last start, he was extremely unlucky. He went way back and saved some ground on the inside on the bend but got stopped dead in his tracks and had to switch off heels and start again where he again ran into a dead-end. The run was massive, he handles Oakbank, and he can get us off to a good start.

Race 7 - 3:36PM Ecycle Oakbank Cup (2150 METRES)
I’m a big fan of MELI MELO when she’s right, and I think she’s ready to peak on Saturday. This mare has a consistent peak pattern which led me into her multiple times last preparation where she scored at good odds. She needed a few warm up runs this time, and although I tipped her last start at $41 where she ran a gallant 3rd, it was always in the back on my mind that she may be one run short coming off a freshen-up. The form from her 3rd placing last start is strong with the winner, Light The Waves, having won three from his past four, while the 2nd placing Valac was coming off a 2nd at Flemington where he finished 2nd to Hang Man while beating Thunder Cloud home. Meli Melo failed at her only run at Oakbank which is a concern, but she was coming off a maiden win and tackling BM70 grade so I’m willing to forgive that effort as she’s a much better racehorse now. 

RANDWICK (Aaron Hamilton)

I’ve been with Dealmaker a couple of times in his career, but I don’t think he genuinely gets 2000m so I’m happy to oppose him this time. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained CARIF looks like one of the best bets on the programme and represents great value. The son of So You Think defeated Star Of The Seas comprehensively at Newcastle in class record time over 1850m two starts back and Star Of The Seas has won his last two in a row and also goes around on Saturday where I rate him a top chance. Carif then went to Randwick and looked uncomfortable on the Heavy 10 but still made ground from last to finish 4th behind Angel Of Truth and Madison County on a day where leaders had a clear advantage. Fourth-up over 2000m, Carif should be right at the top of his game, and he should be letting rip with that brilliant turn of foot he showed at Newcastle now that he finds some dry ground again. 

Following on from the previous tip, STAR OF THE SEAS goes around here and will be hard to beat. He is yet to miss the placings in eight starts and has won four times. He comes into Saturday’s event fifth-up and at absolute peak fitness which gives him an advantage over some talented types that appear to be gearing up for a trip to Brisbane. He drops 3kg on his last start win over Zourkhan who is a wet track specialist, but being back on top of the ground looks an advantage to Star Of The Seas. 


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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