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 (Aaron Hamilton)

Jumping off Fire And Rain who looks poorly weighted while others have also run quicker time. Agent Pippa is classy, and Kakadu looks a good Place chance at odds, but I’m going for the unraced FLIRTINI who impressed with a soft barrier trial win over 950m at Lark Hill. Top jockey William Pike must have also been impressed seeing he jumps aboard, and with just 54kg, this filly looks hard to beat. 

I was extremely keen on Super Maxi last start before the meeting was abandoned but I’m not sure he’s as effective over 1200.  Oliver’s Travels will also find this a tough ask first-up, so I think the favoured pair are under the odds. PROFIT STREET comes into this event third-up, and last campaign he was only 2.75 lengths from Viddora in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at his third run. It’s been 55 days between runs, but he has been kept up to the mark with two soft barrier trials – the most recent being a win over Oliver’s Travels where Profit Street was edging clear late and both runners were under the same amount of pressure. The main concern is William Pike rode Profit Street in the trial but has jumped on Oliver’s Travel’s, but I’m hoping Pike has made the wrong decision this time. 

CAULFIELD (Aaron Hamilton)

Naantali was an impressive winner last start but looks under the odds at $2.30. MA JONES had her chance to run Naantali down last start, but with a 2.5kg weight turnaround, and an extra 100m to work with, she’s much better value at $6.50. This race maps similarly to the Moonee Valley race with Naantali likely to land three pairs back in the running line while Ma Jones stalks her every move. But if Ma Jones can build momentum early, she can outgun Naantali with less weight this time. There may be a bit of early pressure here and a few that get caught wide will need to challenge early, that should set it up for the swoopers and Ma Jones looks best suited of those. 

Looking for RILLITO to bounce back after a four-week freshen-up. She has such a brilliant turn of foot but seemed to peak late last start over 1200m. She carries residual fitness from her three runs this campaign, and the drop from 57.5kg to 54kg should see her hitting the line hard over the slightly shorter trip. 

A GOOD YARN deserves his chance at Saturday grade following three massive wins on the Geelong synthetic. His most recent was a six-length improvement on times, and he crushed the BM70 field by six lengths and was never asked for an effort. The five-year-old son of O'Lonhro has only had seven starts, winning his past three by a combined margin of 15 lengths. He’ll take up the running and prove hard to catch in the straight. 

PLEIN CIEL always improves significantly second-up and is unbeaten in two starts at Caulfield. He was always going to be in need of the run following a 61-week layoff, but he really impressed in the Mildura Cup (1400m) when working home strongly from the rear to grab 3rd place behind Husson Eagle. The extra distance suits and he should enjoy a soft run from barrier 6. 

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 3 - 12:47PM GARRARDS Class 6 Plate (900 METRES)
Winning four of her last five starts, DARKTOWN STRUTTER is running hot of late and looks the goods again here. After winning her first two starts last preparation, she then found the 1100m at Doomben too much from an outside draw. Next start, back to the 900m dash and she was back to the winner’s circle. First-up this time in and again she proved too good over the 1000m trip beating home some handy horses while carrying 59kgs. This class six looks no harder and the I Am Invincible mare ticks every box going into this. Unbeaten second-up, unbeaten at the track and she is three from three at the 900m trip (all at the Gold Coast track), with Jeff Lloyd on board who is also three from three on her back, the resume is glowing here.

Race 5 - 1:57PM VIVA RACING Colts, Geldings & Entires One Metro Win Handicap (1400 METRES)
One who could slip in under the radar here is the Les Kelly-trained DESMOND’S PRIDE who brings some handy stats into this event. The six-year-old gelding is four starts into this campaign and has brought himself up to peak fitness. Last start he finished an eye catching third behind the very smart Sabkhat (who won impressively again last week) over 1350m at Doomben. Here, he returns to his home track where he is a five-time winner and boasts a trio of top three finishes at the track and trip from four starts. The in-form Brad Stewart takes the reins for the first time and from gate two will enjoy a nice trail on the fence. All he needs is a little luck on the turn and should he see daylight he will be storming home. Good value here.

Race 6 - 2:32PM QUANTUM TRADING BenchMark 90 Handicap (1800 METRES)
He hasn’t won for over 12 months now but LORD COCONUTS is well placed here to break the drought. First-up after nearly eight months in the paddock, he finished third behind No Annamossity then followed that with a close-up fourth behind Pressway while carrying 60kgs. That run led me to marking him a Black Book entry (July 21). His last start had plenty of merit when he finished third again, this time behind Sabkhat where again he hit the line with something to spare. He goes beyond 1600m for the first time in more than a year but has experience up to 2000m. Down in the weights, he could be the ‘dark horse’ here and will be finishing on in the run home.

IPSWICH (Steve Bennett)

Race 2 - 1:03PM CCM INSTALLATIONS Class 3 Plate (800 METRES)
Fresh from five months in the paddock, VICEMAN has the edge on most of the field here and looks well placed over the 800m dash. First-up last campaign he finished second behind the talented Prue’s Angel (who is undefeated in her present campaign). A win three starts later in BM70 company puts him right in this. The Denman gelding is yet finish worse than second when fresh and the short trip here looks ideal for the five-year-old. Scratched from race five to run here, he looks the testing material.

Race 5 - 2:48PM MIHI CREEK TAVERN Class 5 Handicap (1000 METRES)
Another topweight who looks placed to win is the Stuart Kendrick-trained MISERY. Spelled for two months after a disappointing Sydney campaign, the Natural Destiny gelding showed a better attitude when first-up on the Gold Coast. Although well beaten to the line, he did finish third and clearly needed the run. He will find this a little easier and his resume shows he is a two-time winner when second-up and has three victories over the 1000m trip. That puts him right in the mix here.

Race 6 - 3:28PM IPSWICH CITY BULLS FOOTBALL CLUB Class 2 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Helen Page has a smart one in her stables with TOO EASY BRO lining up here and looks right in the mix. First-up this preparation he led all the way in a class 1 at Murwillumbah then followed that up finishing third over 1100m at Lismore when rising in grade. His latest effort at the Sunshine Coast saw him draw wide and had to do some work early to cross and lead. He then struggled on the heavy track to finish unplaced that day. He has since trialled at the Gold Coast and finished third under a good hold and not pushed. Coming off a six-week freshen-up, expect a bold front running effort here. 


It would be neat if young Brock Ryan rode the winner of this race. He’s on Le Dejeuner who looks in well at the weights and can place. LITTLE RED SHOES for trainer Jason Coyle looks the play though. She is in career best form winning both starts this time up, in the mid BM 60s range and winning them easily. That rich vein of form will see her take up a nice spot, probably one out one back, and surge away.

I'm going for value here in BULLETSON. His past 2 runs since resuming have been weak efforts in this grade missing a place both times. But draws the inside here and will get run of race. Before he resumed his trials were outstanding so to me there is something there waiting to explode. Big watch on Decroux who can lead them a merry dance too. 

Last campaign LOVE WAVES looked like he'd progress into Saturday grade after a few provincial runs of note. He won his maiden well over 2100m then was thrust straight into Group 1 company and barely gave a yelp. Spelled since and fresh here. Drawn well so expect a strong run.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 1 - 12:36PM DOWIE DOOLE HURDLE (MPKS Track) (3100 METRES)
KILLARNEY KID is running better times over 3200m than these, he gets in well at the weights with just 64kg and has so much more upside. Romelo matches him in the improvement and weight stakes, but Romelo’s last start win was in slow time, and this race should be run genuinely.

Race 2 - 1:11PM UBET HANDICAP (1050 METRES)
Fitness should be a big advantage here as THINE IS THE POWER tries to lead all the way third-up while Phillip Stokes’ pair, Dancer’s Kin and More Than Exceed, try and launch late at their first runs this time in. Thine Is The Power was an impressive all the way winner at Sandown last start over 1000m on a Soft 6, which will suit with Morphettville likely to be in the Soft range on Saturday. Not a lot between them in class, but if Jamie Kah can control the race from the front, Thine Is The Power will be hard to run down with fitness on her side.

The Spring Stakes has attracted a quality field in 2018 including the likes of Dollar For Dollar, Steel Frost and Tatoosh resuming from spells, while Inn Keeper, Exalted Adam and Hard Empire are in stellar form. However, the strongest form reference would have to be with INN KEEPER who finished 2nd behind Voodoo Lad last start. Voodoo Lad has subsequently been runner-up to Vega Magic and then defeated the highly-touted Home Of The Brave. Inn Keeper is unbeaten in four runs on Soft tracks, and with a brief freshen-up, he should be ready to run a cracking race under ideal conditions. 

RANDWICK (Ric Chapman)

Race 3 - 1:15PM FORUM HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
You really had to see how quickly SHARPE HUSSLER accelerated to win similar race here last start. It was 1100m and this is shorter and he was near last on bend, but he had a lap on them. Cam Crockett has found the key to him - short course racing. They backed him from $51 into $16 last start and got the lot. He flies late and can repeat the dose again.

Wow, you don't see this too often. A 6-race maiden galloper with close to $1million in prizemoney...oh and 3 x Group 1 placings already. She is so valuable. And now, OOHOOD is set to resume racing in a Group 2 hoping to finally break her maiden status. If she's back as good as she was last campaign she will go very close here. Watch market. And watch Outback Barbie too who won a recent trial.

Race 6 - 3:00PM WINX STAKES (1400 METRES)

Tip top field. Egyptian Symbol is the class but big weight and poor run when resuming are negatives here. Still, can rattle late on her day. Nettoya was very impressive winning recent trial but LUVALUVA, who was just behind her in that trial, looms the largest here. She is Caulfield Cup bound and has a stunning turn of foot when on song. Looks to get back but on home track, can dash late.


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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