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 (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 2 - 12:44PM MRS MAC'S HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
KAKADU was a tragedy beaten last start when I tipped him. He was first-up over 1100m and settled three pairs back on the rail, and when he tried to get clear he clipped heels and nearly fell.  He picked himself back up and kept coming and was beaten three-quarters of a length by Dam Ready. He improves second-up, looks better suited over 1200m and should be finishing best.

ROYAL COMMAND absolutely motored home to get 2nd place last start and at his fifth run this campaign, he’s at peak fitness and ready to step up to 1800m. He ran the quickest 400m and 200m sectionals of the day (22.31 and 11.05) which is a massive effort considering the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) was held on the same day. If William Pike can get him into the clear a bit earlier, nothing can go with this horse and he’ll finish over the top of them. Her 200m splits from the 600m to winning post were in 11.83, 11.26 and 11.05 which indicates she was building well late and should be suited stepping up to 1800m.

FRIAR’S GIFT comes out of the same race at Kakadu and he was charging home from the rear to run near identical 400m and 200m sectionals (23.03 and 11.38) as Voodoo Lad did to win the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes. The only horse that went quicker on the day was Royal Command who we’ll be on in the previous event. Fourth-up he looks set to hit his peak, and he looks way over the odds at double figures.

DOOMBEN (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 12:22PM COCA COLA CHRISTMAS MOVIES BenchMark 85 Handicap (1615 METRES)
With rain forecast for Brisbane on Saturday, the wet track lovers will come into play which puts CONSTANTINE right in the ball park. The Chris Munce-trained gelding is coming off a strong run at the Sunshine Coast where he finished second behind Final Zero over 1400m when second-up off a seven-month break. A two-time winner when third-up, three of his five career wins were on wet tracks and he drops 5kgs from his last start. Handy when right, and has won four-straight in the past. Scratched from race two to run here and he is a track and trip winner.

She’s racked-up more kilometres than Bourke and Wills resulting in mixed success but back home HOUTZEN looks too good for these. Ironically, the mare made her debut here where she put four lengths on her rivals that day. Then 18 months later, she ran last behind English in the Doomben 10,000. She won the Magic Millions as a two-year-old and has won a further five since then. Her recent Melbourne campaign wasn’t as successful as was hoped, but she came within a lip of beating Nature Strip in the Group Two McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley. She finished a close-up fourth in a trial last week where Jeff Lloyd had a tight hold on her the entire trip. Arguably the smartest mare in work yet to win a Group One, she should take this one out.

Race 7 - 4:15PM SOCIETY NEW YEAR'S EVE Class 6 Plate (1200 METRES)
Toby Edmonds saddles-up STANLEY PARK who is in outstanding form, winning four of his past five starts. The Duke Of Marmalade gelding won four on the trot before being caught in the last stride at the Sunshine Coast last start. He is stepping up to class 6 company here but the forecast wet track should balance the leger where he is a two-time winner. He comes off a five-week freshen-up but has the experience of Ryan Maloney in the saddle who has steered him to victory previously. Drawn ideally in gate two, he should settle on the pace and could prove hard to run down in the conditions.

All boxes ticked, and unbeaten to date, it will take a ton of bad luck or a super performance from the opposition to prevent ZOUSTYLE from making it five from five here. The Tony Gollan-trained gelding has been on fire since winning his maiden on debut, where put five lengths on his rivals on a wet track as well. Last start, he lobbed in front and gave nothing else a chance. Ridden hands and heels, he cruised to victory, eased near the line. Drawn wide here, the speedmap still has him crossing to lead and not withstanding bad luck, it will take a smart one here to run him down. Brad Stewart is four from four on his back and remains aboard here.  He looks the goods.

FLEMINGTON (Aaron Hamilton)

Looking for a much-improved run from MASCULINO who never really found clear running last start in the Kilmore Cup (1600m) and finished 3.3 lengths from Manuel. His first-up run was average and his next was much better, and that’s the same trend as last campaign where he charged home to grab 2nd behind Gaulois at Moonee Valley over 1600m. This looks much easier than last start and he only has to carry 3kg more with Lachlan King claiming 3kg and getting him down to 57kg from 60kg. He’s a winner at Flemington over 2000m and the step up to 1720m third-up looks perfect. 

GAWLER (Aaron Hamilton)

CHUCKY goes up 1kg as he jumps from a maiden win to BM70 grade, but I think he’s up to it. He won by 1.5 lengths but ran two lengths quicker than the BM60 later in the day at Gawler, and that win at the track holds him in good stead for Saturday’s event. First Diamond looks the clear leader and may prove hard to run down while No Joy maps poorly and may need a bit of luck. Chucky is likely to settle at the rear and build on the turn before using his strong finish to power of the top of them. 

Jamie Kah has jumped off Arctic Blaze who won at the track and trip last start and will partner the Ryan Balfour-trained TRUPT who drops in class and looks hard to beat. Her first four runs this time in were average but her last two in BM75 company at Morphettville have been encouraging and she gets back to Gawler where she is unbeaten in two starts. Kah has jumped aboard for four of her 33 runs and scored three wins on her so it’s a jockey change worth noting. 

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 12:03PM UBET QTIS Three-Years-Old BenchMark 70 Handicap (1400 METRES) 
A small field here with half of them having good gate speed and the pace will be on. The Ben Currie-trained PURE PULSE is holding his form since winning his maiden three starts back. Resuming after five months in the paddock, he weakened to finish third at Toowoomba which he can be excused for first-up. Fitter here and stepping up in distance, he will prove hard to beat.

Race 4 - 1:48PM UBET BenchMark 65 Handicap (900 METRES)
They’ll fly here but bear in mind a wet track is expected and the speed horses here could easily be run down if they go too hard early. Because of this, I am running with the Mel Eggleston-trained BRAT ATTACK who has been racing well without winning since resuming from a spell. First-up he took on a class 5 field and finished second beaten just a length by Masondale here over 900m. He then grabbed third prize at Doomben over 1050m behind Takes Time and Muddy Rope and last start finished fifth behind Dream Master here over 1100m in a BM70. He will find this a little easier and fourth-up here should be at peak fitness now.

Race 7 - 3:48PM UBET Class 4 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Only one blemish on his resume this preparation but put it out of your mind as SHARPAMAL lines up here with a zero alongside his name. He looked all set for an inside split at Doomben last start when the gap suddenly closed and he severely checked in the process and lost many lengths and all momentum in the process. Prior to that, he completed top three finishes in three of his four starts. He is drawn out here in barrier eight and should avoid any inside dramas. Daniel Griffin returns to the saddle and has two top three finishes on the board with the Jet Spur gelding. Look for a big improvement here.


Tips to be updated on Friday, December 14.

RANDWICK (Ric Chapman)


TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 4:46PM SUE EDWARDS BenchMark 60 Handicap (1050 METRES)
The lightly-raced DIARIST sparks plenty of interest with the three-year-old having just her fifth career start here. After two runner-up prizes, she finally broke through for her maiden win at the Gold Coast last start recording a comfortable 1.5 length win with the Currie stable jockey Skye Bogenhuber aboard. Up in class here but on her home track, the Star Witness filly can match it with this field.

Race 2 - 5:22PM MARCEL VAN DE VELDE BenchMark 75 Handicap (1000 METRES)
Another from the Ben Currie stable is PIERIDAE who has hit the scene in a big way with top three finishes at all seven career starts. The lightly-raced Hinchinbrook mare won her maiden three starts back by more than two lengths, eased near the line by Jeff Lloyd. She was spelled for nine months then resumed last month, winning a class 2 first-up. Last start she found Love And Lies a little too strong in the run home, finishing two lengths back in second place. Up slightly in class here but after the claim, drops 5kgs from her last start. She looks right in the mix here.

Race 5 - 7:15PM QCTS MATERIAL TESTING Class 5 Handicap (1300 METRES)
Lindsay Hatch and Ben Currie both saddle-up a pair of runners here and look to dominate proceedings. Topweight LAST ARMAGEDDON was set to run on Tuesday when a track upgrade (to a firm 2) saw him become a late withdrawal. Rain is expected here which will suit the Northern Meteor gelding as he lines-up here second-up and a three-time track winner. First-up, he finished hard to fall just short (beaten a neck) behind Ahwahneechee here over 1100m. Fitter for that, he will prove very competitive over the 1300m here.


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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