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)

Race 4 is a BenchMark 70 over the 2100m journey and COME PLAY WITH ME shapes as the one to beat as his third run back from a spell. The son of Blackfriars generally takes a run or two to get going in his campaigns and has run on well at both outings thus far, finishing 4th on both occasions. Apart from a 7th placing in last year's WATC Derby (2400m) he is unbeaten in all starts at 2000m and above and will appreciate the step up in distance on Saturday. The Adam Durrant-trained galloper will park behind the midfield and with enough speed in the race through the likes of Corporate Larrikin and Saxon Saxoff, he should be steaming home late. The 3kg claiming apprentice, Jade McNaught takes the ride and together the pair can notch up a win.

The feature of the day at Ascot is the Detonator Stakes and the Perth Cup winner, STAR EXHIBIT, looks to be the one, despite the drop in distance and the six weeks in between runs. He meets a number of those that he defeated in the Perth Cup, while those that have recent racing under their belt are facing steep rises in class. The stayer has some handy form at the distance range and placed at the trip earlier in his career and while he was outclassed in the Kingston Town Stakes (1800m) when on the Perth Cup trail, he does have a Group 1 placing in the Doomben Cup (2000m) to his credit. He has drawn perfectly in barrier 3 and with the leading hoop, Willy Pike on board, a win looks to be well within his reach. 

CAULFIELD (Jackson Oldham)

Race 4 - 2:20pm Ladbrokes Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m)
I think the Mick Price-trained ZOUBO is way over the odds here. I’m completely forgiving and forgetting his last start effort at Caulfield where on face value, he ran a poor last. He started $4.80 against Crack The Code and never got into the race. He missed the start, hung around the home turn and pulled up lame. Despite this, he still ran the fastest last 200m which is the sign of a very good horse. He’ll be better for the run around Caulfield and only needs to run up to his win at Sandown last preparation to be very competitive here. He beat Kaplumpich, running 6.3 lengths above benchmark for the final 600m. He ran the second-fastest last 200m of the day (fastest My Pendent), the fastest last 400m and fastest last 600m of the meeting. This was a day where the winners from the first two races were Declares War and My Pendent. At $18 he looks the best value bet of the day.

Race 6 - 3:30pm Yulong Futurity Stakes (1400m)
ALIZEE is the second-best horse in the country in my opinion. Her two wins this preparation have been superb, I thought she was a small risk staying at 1200m last start in the Expressway but the race was never in doubt and Blake Shinn hardly moved on her in the final 200m. Looking at the figures, we get a sense of just how good she has been this preparation. In the Expressway she ran her last 600m 11.8 lengths above the benchmark, the only horse in this race who has gotten close to that over there last 10 starts was Redkirk Warrior, when he produced exactly the same figure (11.8 lengths above benchmark) when he beat Redzel in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes over 1000m. Alizee produced the same performance under hands and heels riding whilst being eased to the line over the final 100m. I don’t like backing Hugh Bowman when he has what I call the ‘Winx Goggles’ on.. But this looks like a sit and steer job, she’ll get back, peel to the outside at the top of the straight and should be too good for her rivals. 

Race 7 - 4:10PM Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m)

Race 8 - 4:50PM Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate (1100m)
Although I do admit Nature Strip is more than likely the best sprinter in Australia and will be very hard to beat, the value may like with the Sarah Zschocke-trained EDUARDO. He put the writing on the wall in the Spring, running a close-up second in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes, splitting I Am Excited and Bons Away before winning the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint in impressive fashion. I’m backing him off his recent trial at Cranbourne. In this trial he jumped straight to the front and stormed away from the field under a strong hold by regular rider Brian Park. He won untouched by eight-lengths, running the quickest time of the morning defeating Goodwood placegetter I’ll Have A Bit and Divine Quality who wasn’t far off them in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes. He should slide across and sit outside of Nature Strip from the wide barrier and he looks a very good chance.

EAGLE FARM (Steve Bennett)

Race 3 - 1:47PM MIDORI OPEN Handicap (1400 METRES)
Possessing an outstanding third-up record, MALVERN ESTATE gets the opportunity here to his stats intact. Second-up last start, he sat mid-field with cover and ran home well, just failing to run down eventual winner Divine Dice. Trainer Desleigh Forster has taken the five-year-old out of his comfort zone here and is trying him at 1400m, only the second time he has raced beyond 1200m. The blinkers are also coming off for the first time which is a major gear change. Mark Du Plessis remains aboard for his third-straight ride on the Redoute’s Choice gelding and with two wins and as many second-place finishes from four third-up runs, he warrants plenty of respect here.

Race 8 - 5:00PM MIDORI Class 6 Plate (1200 METRES)
It can be third time lucky here for SUPER SUAVE who has impressed with two starts back from four months in the paddock. The High Chaparral gelding fought on well to finish third when resuming here in class 6 company. Then last start, he was too far back to be a winning chance but stormed home to grab third prize again, beaten less than a length behind Curdled and Langhro at Doomben under similar race conditions. Third-up here and fitter, he has Brad Stewart back in the saddle who is five wins from eight rides on him and he looks overs in this field. Great each-way value.

Race 9 - 5:40PM WWW.BRC.COM.AU BenchMark 75 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Steven O’Dea’s mare FRANCISCA was impressive first-up when grabbing third prize in a three-way finish where only a long neck separated the three horses. The Loop De Vega mare will strip fitter for that run and does boast an impressive fresh record, winning two of three when second-up. Ronnie Stewart is back aboard for his second ride on the mare after winning on her last time in. She will jump from the middle of the field and if she settles early with some cover, she will be finishing strongly and prove hard to beat here.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 12:53PM GIRLS ON TOUR APRIL 6TH QTIS Three-Years-Old Maiden Plate (1200 METRES)
It’s a real family affair here with three of the eight runners all sired by Spirit Of Boom. The Chris Anderson-trained SPIRIT OF CHEROKEE stands out as one on the improve and second-up here looks the goods. Resuming at the Sunshine Coast, he sat mid-field on the fence with Orman sweating on a rails run on the turn. He got what he wanted but was crowded and harassed all the way to the line (by Cartland) which probably cost him second place. He finished fourth, beaten a whisker by the minor placegetters. Ryan Plumb jumps aboard here and has drawn the fence so he shouldn’t have too much work to do early on. He even drops a little in weight and fitter for that first-up run, he should prove the one to beat.

Race 4 - 2:38PM $1.5M JEWEL RACEDAY MARCH 16 Class 2 Handicap (1800 METRES) 
Connections of LACEY LYNX PACK may have been a little optimistic when taking their four-year-old mare to Sydney where she was well beaten in a class 2 over 1400m at Rosehill. However, Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn stopped off on the way back home and the mare took out a class 2 at Grafton last start over the longer 1610m trip. She is out of a Lonhro mare (Lacey Lonhbreak) and seems to prefer the further distance. She took a while to warm up at Grafton but got there in the end. The step up to 1800m looks ideal and she could prove hard to hold out.

Race 7 - 4:38PM $500K TAB A.D. HOLLINDALE STAKES Class 3 Plate (1400 METRES)
It’s hard to argue with winning form and ON SHOW is a prime example of that. The Heinrich and Rodgers-trained mare is coming off a winning hat-trick and it’s all but impossible to look for something here to stop her winning run. Three starts back, she won her maiden over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast by an astounding 5.5 lengths, leaving her nine other rivals to squabble over the minor money. Franking that form, she then took good care of a class 1 over the same trip, winning that by two lengths. Last start was no different, taking out a class 2 at the Gold Coast by more than two lengths. The Magic Albert mare is progressing nicely through the grades and must be respected here.

GOSFORD (Aaron Hamilton)

Let’s hope it’s third time lucky with FASTNET CYCLONE who scored for us at big odds when second-up and then found one better last time. He and Angel Of Truth finished far better than the rest, but it looked like Fastnet Cyclone was looking for more ground already. He steps in trip from the mile and can finish strongly in the small field. 

Three-year-old Camelot filly RENALOT was an impressive last start winner that has plenty of upside and looks far better suited stepping up in trip. She stormed home over 1400m to defeat Loveseat and Pop Girl and Pop Girl has franked the form with a runner-up finish at Canterbury behind Altair. Lack of experience is helped by the small field which shouldn’t pose any problems. She’s the best of the day. 

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 5 - 3:51PM TAB Adelaide Cup - March 11 at Morphettville Handicap (1000 METRES)
MUSICAL QUERY was due to face the one-week back-up but was a late scratching two weeks ago. Zac Spain takes the claims 1kg of his 1.5kg claim which sees this mare carry half a kilo less than she carried in a stronger event last time. Although she appears in the form guide as having her fourth run this campaign, she hadn’t raced since December 22 before her last run. She’ll take plenty of improvement from that run. Previously when fit, she’s run quicker time over 1050m with 60kg on her back than Domination and Zalmona have recently. That pair are around the $3 mark and Musical Query represent great value at twice the price.

Race 6 - 4:31PM Schweppes Handicap (1400 METRES)
I’m a fan of Holy Command and Danger Deal but I just can’t see how that pair can beat AMBERDI. The four-year-old mare gives her all every start and has racked up five wins and three placings from nine starts. She covered a bit of ground out three wide without cover when first-up over 1200m, yet she still finished off the race far better than Holy Command who weakened along the rail. Amberdi ran 4.5 lengths quicker than Danger Deal who had was rock-hard-fit last start. Barrier 7 is a bit tricky but Justin Huxtable is riding well and can give Amberdi her chance. 

Race 7 - 5:11PM Adelaide Galvanising Handicap (1400 METRES)
KEMALPASA just doesn’t know how to run a bad race and has been racing against the most consistent types going around in South Australia. Trainers Richard and Chantelle Jolly have opted to put Caitlin Jones on board to utilise her 2kg claim, and that could make all difference in the final 50m. Stick with him on the quick back-up. 

ROSEHILL (Aaron Hamilton)

The Sue Grills-trained BURNING CROWN can get punters off to a good start following a blistering barrier trial that has him primed for his first-up assault. The son of Helmet won by six lengths on debut which was also five lengths quicker than the BM62 at Gunnedah on the same day. He then won a class 2 at Scone before charging home from way back when beaten 1.9 lengths in 3rd at Randwick. He’s strengthened up and returned in great order and won his 1000m barrier trial at Tamworth in 0:56.96. He was under a strong hold throughout and maintained his gallop for 200m past the winning post and that leaves no doubt that he will be strong over 1100m first-up. If Tommy Berry can slot him in three pairs back on the outside, he’ll simply be winning this.

The Golden Slipper favourite, Tassort, resumes from a spell and has been installed as the $1.70 favourite and I’m keen to take him on. Yes, he may end up being the best horse in the race, but I’ve got an opinion of MCLAREN who has a slight fitness advantage with a run under his belt. I expected McLaren to win a bit easier when he kicked clear at the top of the straight last start, but he clearly needed the run and weakened late. That could be the case with Tassort on Saturday, and with McLaren stripping fitter, he looks as a danger. 

An open race with the in-form Archedemus and Star Of The Seas laying claims, but it’s hard to ignore the form around I GOT YOU who makes the trip from Melbourne to Sydney. The four-year-old Hard Spun gelding is trained by Joseph Waldron at Te Awamutu in New Zealand where he has strong form. He won his maiden when first-up before finishing 2nd to the Bostonian in the Listed Sir Colin Meads Stakes (1200m). The Bostonian has won seven from 11 and was most recently runner-up in a Group 1. I Got You charged home first-up at Caulfield to finish 3rd behind Mystkyo and Redcore, and Mystyko has subsequently finished 2nd to Intuition in a BM90 at Flemington, while Redcore was an impressive winner at Sandown last week. I Got You looks set to improve second-up over the longer trip, and at $9, he looks over the odds. 

TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 5:10PM SAMIOS PLUMBING SUPPLIES Class 2 Handicap (1300 METRES)
Locally-trained by Jason Gregory, DAISY’S APART is in top form this preparation and is going for the hat-trick here. After minor placings at Ipswich and here, she went to Warwick and won her maiden at her third attempt, putting almost three lengths on the field that day. She honoured that win by doing it again last start, winning a class 1 over 1400m at the Gold Coast. She will carry a similar weight here and although drawn wide, she will prove hard to hold out again.

Race 3 - 6:25PM WIPPELLS SUBARU Ratings Band 0 - 62 Handicap (1640 METRES)
It could be a big night for jockey Skye Bogenhuber, after (hopefully) winning on Daisy’s Apart in the first, she will then try to go back-to-back aboard TALIPUS here. The nicely bred Sebring mare has hit her straps this time in and hasn’t missed a top-four finish in her past five starts. The four-year-old showed a lot of fight last start to hold her opposition at bay, going on to win that class 1 over the mile here under lights. This looks no tougher and she carries a similar weight and isn’t badly drawn in gate seven. She should settle mid-field with plenty of cover and be running home hard. 

Race 7 - 8:47PM R&D ACCOUNTING Class 5 Handicap (1640 METRES)
Can she ride a winning treble for us here? Skye Bogenhuber will be legged aboard BRUMBY JACK and he looks a real chance to break his year-long drought without a win. The six-year-old finished second behind Addicted here two starts back, then had to settle for the runner-up cheque again last start, when second behind Kopella in a BM0-60 over 1870m. He comes back to the mile here where he is a track and trip winner and comes in nicely at the weights as well. This will be Bogenhuber’s first ride on the Ken Jones-trained gelding but it could end a very successful night for the 34-year-old rider who has already ridden 640 winners to date. In a small field, Brumby Jack looks a winning chance.


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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