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 6 is a Rating 78+ over the 1400m journey and FORCEFUL can get the job done at his second run back from a spell. The Grant & Alana Williams-trained galloper stepped out at Belmont recently over the 1200m and settled in a three-wide position before fanning out very wide on the turn and running on very gamely, despite covering the extra ground throughout. He eventually finished 4th, beaten just under a length by Minus Looks. He has won two from four when second up and at his last campaign he had no luck whatsoever at the same stage of his preparation  before winning two of his next three starts. He steps up to the 1400m and is one from one at the distance, while he should be given a good steer by Willy Pike, who jumps from barrier 6. 

This shapes as an interesting one as the three-year-olds line up in the 3YO Classic. The $100,000 race pits together a number of promising types but I am inclined to go with the least experienced horse in the field and that is the filly, CELEBRITY QUEEN. Another from the Grant & Alana Williams stable, the daughter of Redoute's Choice stepped out on debut recently and reeled down Some Sort, while there was a six length margin back the the 3rd placegetter. She has drawn in a nice spot from barrier 5 and only needs to reproduce her debut performance to be a major player here. 

CAULFIELD (Jackson Oldham)

Race 3 - 1:25pm Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m)
I thought clearly the best bet of the day was the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained LOVING GABY. She had a big two-year-old preparation that included a luckless sixth in the Blue Diamond and a fourth in a Golden Slipper that was dominated by horses on speed. The Mounting Yard information I got from Sydney for the Inglis Sires’ and Champagne Stakes was that she was thin and would vastly improve from a spell. She still ran well in those races but returned at The Valley off a long 160-day spell and looked to have returned in outstanding order. She circled the field three and four wide and ran her last 400m 6.5 lengths above the class benchmark. She ran the third-fastest last 400m of the meeting and I’m sure there is plenty more to come this preparation. I was under the impression she would go to The Manikato second-up so I’m surprised to see her line-up here and I was even more surprised to see TAB open her $4.00+. She is a complete moral with even luck and should be winning, I’m launching. 

Race 9 - 5:10pm Lamaro's Hotel Sth Melbourne Toorak Handicap (1600m)
As is often the case, the Toorak Handicap is a very tough betting race but I thought the value was the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained MADISON COUNTY. He was racing well without winning in three-year-old company behind the likes of The Autumn Sun last preparation and put the writing on the wall that he could progress into open age company with a really nice jumpout at Flemington. He was luckless first-up in the Sir Rupert Clarke (1400m), he ran the second-fastest 800m-600m split of the race before never really having clear galloping room and he went to the line untested. D.Lane was searching for a run at the top of the straight and in a race dominated by those horses on-speed, he hit the line nicely and can bounce off that runsecond-up.He could have a sticky map to contend with from his wide barrier but Damian Lane sticks and I’m happy to play him at $17.

Race 10 - 5:45pm Alfa Romeo Schillaci Stakes (1100m)
Five of the nine runners come through the Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley a fortnight ago and that does seem like the strongest lead-up for this. Both Bons Away and Ball Of Muscle are hard in the market and I was keen to be against. The horse I want to be with is the favourite TREKKING. His two trials prior to the Moir Stakes were sensational. He raced over 1000m for the first time in his career and copped a raceshape and set-up that didn’t suit him at all. I still loved the way he hit the line, running the fastest last 400m and 800m of the race. I like him getting on the bigger track and should map well from barrier five with Kerrin McEvoy on board. His two trials in Sydney on heavy ground have been sensational, running third under a grip behind Enticing Star before winning his latest trial. He strikes a good track and a fast early tempo, something he has only got once in his career, as a two-year-old when third behind Menari. This is his first ever go over 1000m but does map to be wide and swooping home. 

EAGLE FARM (Adam Cusworth)

Race 6 - 3:22PM RAY WHITE ASCOT BENCHMARK 75 Handicap (2200 METRES)
Race 6 is a BenchMark 75 over the 2200m and the progressive Tony Gollan horse, ADVANCE WARNING, can continue to make his mark. The four-year-old has had the nine career starts for two wins and thrived when stepping up in trip last time at Doomben, cruising home to win by almost three lengths from Momentum To Win and Open Road. In that race he settled towards the rear before taking over as they swung for home. Prior to that he had been building up nicely over shorter trips, while his last campaign culminated with a win at Ipswich over the 1700m. He is giving the impression that the further the race is the better at this stage and the wide gate does not hold too many concerns. 

Race 8 - 4:38PM JUICED TV OPEN Handicap (1400 METRES)
Some handy types tackle the 1400m in Race 8 of the day and SCALLOPINI should be hard to beat. The Steven O'Dea-trained galloper has been nothing short of consistent in his career to date, winning seven and placing in another seven out of his 16 starts. He resumed with a narrow win at Eagle Farm before just missing out behind Baccarat Baby in a strong race last time at the same track over the 1200m. He steps up to the 1400m and has won three of five at the trip and was a winner at his only start over the journey at Eagle Farm. He should be nearing his peak at his third run back and he looms as a clear top pick. 

MORPHETTVILLE (Jackson Oldham)

Race 3 - 2:16pm Romeo's Foodland Handicap (1600m)
The Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained STAR STATUS has already been met with early market support and I can see why. Looking at all the data I use, he is clearly the on top pick, with the best peak performance figure of the race (7.8 lengths above benchmark) and the best last start performance figure (5.9 lengths above benchmark). He was on the heels of the likes of Tongsai Boss and Declarationofheart last preparation and resumed from a 140-day break over 1400m a fortnight ago. He was well backed ($4.00 into $3.50) and ran well finishing third, beaten less than a half-length and he should improve upto the mile second-up. He maps to get the run of the race from barrier two and I’m very keen that he runs well. The second-favourite is the Tony McEvoy-trained Vahash looked stylish winning his first two races at Murray Bridge before running poorly at Morphettville, barely breaking the class benchmark finishing sixth. He goes from B.Vorster and now cops L.Riordan and I’m happy to be against him. 

Race 6 - 4:11pm Community Co Handicap (Heat 9 Riziz Series) (1050m)
I thought Tony McEvoy and Barend Voster could combine for yet another winner with three-year-old filly, I AM. She contested races against the likes of Loving Gaby and Microphone in her first preparation. She returned and broke her maiden status at Bendigo first-up before being slowly away at The Valley on a day where all the winners came from on-speed. She was given a 32-day freshen-up and ran a nice fourth, only beaten 1.6 lengths behind Sisstar down the straight at Flemington. She ran the quickest last 800m of the meeting and looks well placed over the 1050m here at Morphettville. Only three horses in the race have broken the benchmark at their last start, Burning The Clock (first-up for 119 days), Shamino (first-up for 94 days) and I Am. She looks over the odds at $4.40 and I would be surprised if she doesn’t replace Burning The Clock for favouritism before the jump. 

RANDWICK (Adam Cusworth) 

The Roman Consul Stakes shapes as a cracker and early betting markets suggest it is a bit of a match race between MICROPHONE and Cosmic Force. The pair were among the most exciting of the two-year-olds in the autumn. Microphone gained the upper hand on his rival in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) then finished runner-up in the Golden Slipper (1200m) to Kiamichi before taking out the Sires Produce (1400m). He comes into this fresh, while Cosmic Force does enjoy a slight fitness edge, having stepped out in the recent Heritage Stakes (1100m), finishing runner-up to Standout. However, I expect Microphone to be one of the stars of the spring and he does seem to have a bit of a class edge on not only Cosmic Force but his other rivals in this race. Look for a big run from the Godolphin youngster. 

Group 1 action continues at Randwick on Saturday October 12 with the running of the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) for the three-year-olds. The key lead up to the Spring Champion was the Gloaming Stakes (1800m), which was taken out in dominant fashion by SHADOW HERO and it is hard to see his rivals turning things around and making up the required three lengths. The son of Pierro has had two starts this preparation and produced an eye-catching 4th in the Dulcify Quality (1500m) on 14 September at Rosehill before turning the the tables on his rivals in the Gloaming. He should take further improvement out of that run and gives the impression that he is most suited by the step up to the 2000m. Stick with him. 

Race 8 - 5:30PM SILVER EAGLE (1300 METRES)
The Silver Eagles shapes as one of the highlights of the day as the four-year-olds go at it on the path towards the Golden Eagle. I am a huge fan of The Inevitable, who is favourite in the market, but I think he is a fraction vulnerable with the five weeks in between runs as well as his first start the Sydney way of going. The Anthony Cummings-trained MIZZY shapes as the one and has had a brilliant campaign thus far, compiling a hat-trick of wins with her last two coming at Group 2 level. She will look to settle on the speed from the barrier and while they may go at a good clip, a feature of her recent performances is that she has found plenty in the straight. She will be right in the thick of the action at the finish. 



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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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