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 (Adam Cusworth)

The Group 3 Hyperion Stakes is the feature at Belmont and GALAXY STAR is the one they have to beat. The Railway Stakes (1600m) winner from December will line up at a short price but is a great anchor for multis and should improve off her last start effort where she reeled in Great Shot in the shadows of the post. It was a typically patient ride from Willy Pike that day but his mount should be right at her peak and claimed the Railway when third up last time. She has drawn to get a nice run and provided the leading hoop doesn't let Great Shot get too far away, it should be a win for the talented mare. 

Race 6 shapes as an interesting affair and MOSHCARD will be out to make it six wins on the trot. The Kalgoorlie galloper took time to get going early on in his career but won three in a row before heading for a spell and has picked up from where he left off. He claimed the Provincial Championships (1400m) ahead of Wanna Be Good last time when gaining the split at the 200m and should enjoy a nice run from barrier 3 on Saturday. 

The final event of the day is a Rating 70+ and it is STAGEMAN that can break through after a couple of recent near misses. The Adam Durrant-trained galloper resumed with a narrow 3rd on May 18 and did well to finish in the same position when wide throughout behind Don't Fuss at Belmont a fortnight ago. He has drawn wide again this time around but the step up to the 1200m should suit. Pike rides and with even luck in the early stages his mount should be in the thick of things at the business end. 

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 3 - 1:03PM EZEQUOTE Fillies and Mares BenchMark 65 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Former Victorian, BLOOMING TYCOON, won on debut for her new stable at the Gold Coast but has been out of sorts since then. Returning from a four-week let-up recently, the Written Tycoon mare wasn’t disgraced when finishing fifth behind Smart As Attack in a BM0-70 here over 1300m. She followed that up last start finishing an eye-catching second behind Ridgway in a BM65 over 1400m on a heavy 10 that day. Four of her five wins have come on dry tracks which is forecast here. She has drawn the fence which will be ideal and after the claim she comes in nicely at the weights. This is a good race for her and I expect her to bring her ‘A’ game on the day.

Race 5 - 2:13PM MITEK Class 4 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Locally-trained by John Wallace, GOLD SUN comes into this, well placed and second-up will surely make his presence felt. Resuming from a five-month spell, he ran home well here to finish third behind Triple Arrow in a close three-way go to the line in a class 4 over 1200m. By Jet Spur out of a Mossman mare, he certainly has the bloodlines to make something of his career. Already a two-time winner second-up, if he can overcome the wide gate, he should give this a real shake.

Race 7 - 3:33PM HYNE BenchMark 62 Handicap (1800 METRES)
Winning two of his past three starts, HACKSAW RIDGE comes into this nicely placed and with early speed outside, should get the gun run here and be hard to hold off. The four-year-old led all the way three starts back in a class 1 over 1400m on this track then made it back-to-back wins when repeating that effort in a class 2 in similar conditions. Last start he found the heavy 10 too much to handle and after leading, faded to finish third behind Ridgway in a BM65 over 1400m. He has drawn well in gate five and after the claim carries less weight. Untried beyond 1400m, the step up to 1800m is the only query. At each-way odds, he still looks a solid chance.

IPSWICH (Steve Bennett)

Race 4 - 1:23PM RAY WHITE IPSWICH BenchMark 75 Handicap (1350 METRES)
This looks tailor made for TISANI MAGIC to bring up the hat-trick. The ever-consistent son of Raheeb has missed a top three finish just three times in his 15 career starts and has five wins to gloat over in those figures. Two starts back he gave a Class 3 field a real galloping lesson where he won the 1300m event by four lengths. Then last start, he did it tough, trapped three-deep without cover but still finished best to win. He ticks all the boxes here and is a track and trip winner. 

Race 6 - 2:37PM SCHWEPPES TL COONEY QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1100 METRES)
Resuming from an 11-week break, Stuart Kendrick’s filly WINTER PASSAGE will take some beating here while she’s on fresh legs. This I Am Invincible filly is another model of consistency where 14 career starts have ended in 13 top-three finishes. Her past three starts saw her finish third in each event prior to spelling. She has trialled recently and finished a close-up second under a good hold. Unbeaten at the trip, she has drawn nicely in gate two and should be finishing strongly against this company.

Only two last-start winners line up in this year’s Cup but Tony Pike’s mare has had a solid preparation for this and looms as a real each-way chance. TERRA SANCTA is three starts into this campaign and looks set to show her best here. She has had two runs since crossing the Tasman (for the second time), where she finished mid-field at Doomben in Listed company then last start was never on the track when finishing sixth behind Lota Creek Gold here two weeks ago. Her last visit here saw her win three of her four starts on Queensland tracks and Pike has put the blinkers back on and removed the tongue tie for this as part of her preparation. With those three starts behind her, she should be at her peak for this and shapes up as good value.

Second-up off a big first-up win, MANAYA looks drawn to go on her winning way in this. Fresh off a three-month break, she gave an open class field at the Gold Coast a good lesson, beating home the handy Stella Ombra by three lengths carrying 58kgs in the process. She steps up to Listed company again (where she has won previously), and has drawn ideally in gate one. Costa has removed the winkers and put the blinkers back on while winning jockey Guthmann-Chester remains board. The Hinchinbrook mare looks the one to beat here.

KEMBLA GRANGE (Aaron Hamilton)


This is a big drop in class for DREAM CIRCLE who comes from two $50,000 races in town to a 1000m maiden at Kembla. He disappointed at this track and trip three starts back but then ran a game 3rd behind Minted and California Salto who won by three lengths at Warwick Farm last start. Dream Circle had no luck over 1100m at Canterbury and was caught three deep without cover for the trip and weakened out of it to finish 2.5 lengths from Blazing Miss. He drops 2.5kg here and should prove hard to beat from up on the speed over the shorter trip.


I’ve always had a bit of time for the Gary Portelli-trained EXCELTIC who finds a very winnable event and should be at peak fitness fourth-up. The Excelebration colt was 3rd behind Sylvia’s Mother last campaign and she resumes at Rosehill and has been the best backed runner early. Exceltic has been good in all three runs this campaign and should be breaking through here with even luck. 

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 2 - 12:36PM HEINEKEN 3 HANDICAP (2500 METRES)
MELI MELO was scratched from Morphettville on June 1 so there may have been a slight setback, but she is one of my favourite gallopers at the minute and I’m not jumping ship yet. She Placed for us four starts back at $41 and then won next time at $12 before disappointing in the Warrnambool Cup. She was quickly forgiven when finishing 3rd behind Valac and Sopressa in the Queen’s Cup (2500m) last start at $31. That form held up with Sopressa looming to win the Group 2 Doomben Cup (2400m) before peaking late and finishing five lengths from Sixties Groove. A month between runs doesn’t look ideal at first glance, but Meli Melo did finish 3rd earlier this campaign when going seven weeks between runs, so I’m not bothered by the gap. Jason Holder gets the best out of her and this is much easier than her last couple.

Patrick Payne sends Whenever Wherever across the border, and while I tipped this horse last start and he gets in well at the weights with the claim, I think a couple of others look better placed. Bold Star defeated BURNING THE CLOCK last start but I’m looking for a reversal of fortunes as Burning The Clock meets Bold Star 1kg better at the weights and strips fitter. That race rated extremely well as the pair went more than five lengths above class benchmark.Tactics played a big part last time and will again as Todd Pannell jumps from the inside gate aboard Burning The Clock. 

Race 8 - 4:25PM AAMI HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
The wide barrier (21) is far from ideal for SKILLFUL STEPS, but he’s likely to go back anyway and will be charging late. The Al Maher gelding really caught the eye last time when being held up in the straight and having to switch course before hitting the line better than anything else to clock the fastest sectionals from the 400m to 200m and 200m to finish. Bajan comes out of that race and got a saloon passage up along the inside to grab 3rd place and he’s a $10 chance on Saturday while Skillful Steps is $21. Those odds look wrong, and with luck in running, Skillful Steps will be hard to hold out. 

ROSEHILL (Aaron Hamilton)

I’m keen to take on the favourite Rotator with the Gary Portelli-trained ROMAN WOLF who is backing up from last Saturday where he ran the quickest final 200m of the entire meeting. Rotator ran a slick 11.05 for her final 200m last start over 1100m on a Good track, and while Roman Wolf’s final split was four lengths slower over 1000m (11.66), he did it on a Heavy track and should strip fitter third-up. He gets in well at the weights with Samantha Clenton’s claim, and he should be swooping from the rear at enticing odds. 

I was opposed to ASTERIUS last start but won’t be making that mistake again. He came with a booming run last start to win by 3.3 lengths as he defeated Gresham who finished 2.4 lengths from Star Of The Seas last Saturday. He has plenty of upside, will get a soft run from the inside gate and should finish over the top of them with just 54.5kg on his back. 

Not only does SYLVIA’S MOTHER boast a fantastic 1100m record of four wins and a placing from five attempts, but her recent barrier trial showed she’s returned in great order. Team Hawkes stepped her out in an 894m trial at Rosehill on a Soft 7 where she just towed herself up to the leader in the straight and won effortlessly. She looks forward enough to run a big race first-up, and she maps perfectly from barrier 5. 

SANDOWN (Jackson Oldham)

Race 1 - 11:45am Ladbrokes Park Handicap (1200m)
Anthony Freedman has two horses in this race and It’s KING OF HASTINGS who I’m with here. Everything he has done so far in his short career has impressed me, including his terrific jumpout prior to his debut at Cranbourne. I was at Cranbourne that night and I was happy to be against him from his parade in the mounting yard. He seemed very new, was on his toes and was sweating on a very cold night. The market was trending that way late, as he was $2.10 out to $2.60 but in the end, it didn’t matter as he was far too good for his rivals. He got the perfect run in transit, on the back of the leader Oh So Rewarding but the win was still full of merit, as he ran an outstanding time of 8.6 lengths above the maiden benchmark, which was a full 15 lengths faster than the other two-year-old maiden winner Widespread for Godolphin. His overall time compared to the meeting was terrific too, as he ran 1.8 lengths above the overall benchmark and was the only horse to break benchmark for the entire meeting. The money has already come for him since I’ve done the form, as he is $4.40 into $3.50 and that doesn’t surprise me at all.

Race 5 - 2:05pm Ladbrokes Info Hub Handicap (2100m)
The A1 form coming into this race looks to be that 2000m race at Caulfield contested by Pacodali and BEAU BALMAIN and at the current prices, I’m in the corner of Beau Balmain. He was huge last start for his first run in Australia, running third behind Pacodali and Live And Free. He wasn’t ready from the mounting yard and still ran the fourth-fastest last 200m and third-fastest last 400m and 600m of the race. I love the way he moves and his action around Caulfield suggests to me that he will love the big, wide open spaces of Sandown. The map looks perfect for the two favourites, I have Darabad pushing up and leading Alward and Lucabelle, with Willi Willi and Thunder Cloud behind those. Beau Balmain should find himself in a perfect spot three pairs back in the running line with Pacodali on his back. 


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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