New Year's Day Racing Tips - Bets bets for January 1

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Looking for New Year's Day racing tips? We provide a complete guide to the best bets for the racing action on January 1 - and you can read who are tipsters are backing below.

RANDWICK (Adam Cusworth)

We look no further than the first race at Randwick in the new year and the Chris Waller-trained GAYATRI can make it a winning start for us in 2019. The four-year-old has won twice in her four career starts and was a luckless 3rd at her most recent run, which was at Kembla Grange on December 15. On that occasion, the daughter of Pierro was heavily backed and had to shuffle off heels early on in the straight before rocketing home. The step up to the 1800m looks to be inherited favour and she will be saving plenty of ground from the barrier. Hugh Bowman rides. 

Race 5 - 4:00PM NEW YEAR'S DAY CUP (2400 METRES) 
The feature at Randwick is the New Year's Day Cup over the mile and a half and OUR CENTURY is the one they have to beat. The eight-year-old dominated his rivals in the recent Christmas Cup (2400m) and it looks as though only bad luck can stop him again in this one. He rises slightly in weight but all of his runs at the trip have been excellent and from barrier 4 he can either take control early on or take a sit. 

FLEMINGTON (Jackson Oldham)

Race 1 - 1:15pm New Year Plate (1000m)
It’s the first Victorian race of 2019 and I’m already very keen to play. I thought the Anthony Freedman-trained LYRE was well over the odds at nearly double figures. She is coming off two very impressive jumpouts, one at Werribee and one at Balnarring. Her jumpout at Werribee was exceptional. She settled back and wide in the jumpout before building into her work in the straight. She was never let off the bridle and still chased hard behind the Lindsay Park galloper Movie Role who was off the bit. Movie Role has since come out and won on Saturday, defeating a highly spruiked horse from the Waterhouse yard. I’ll be having a strong each-way play on Lyre and saving on Italian Witness who could be a potential star. 

Race 2 - 1:50pm Summer Racing Handicap (1400m)
This is an interesting race and one that I may get completely wrong. I’m happy to take on Long Leaf, Mr Money Bags and Beacon here and play SOCIAL SPIN as my main bet. He was forward in the yard first-up at Moonee Valley and ran into a smart one in Behemoth. His run last start at Flemington was huge, hitting the front a long way from home and just getting run down in the shadows by Phoneme who had the perfect run. Third-up for Weir, Yendall on from barrier three, he looks well placed to win. I’m happy to take on Long Leaf. The Lindsay Park team gave him a nothing preparation over the Spring, bouncing around ideas he was a sprinter, then a miler and back again. His third in the Sandown Guineas behind Group One class horses Ringerdingding and Seabrook shows he’s the best horse in this race, however six-weeks off into a Summer preparation has me scratching my head.

Race 8 - 5:35pm Head Wind Handicap (1600m)
The best bet of the day is LAURE ME IN. He had absolutely no luck last start at Caulfield behind Silentz and Critical Thinking and was a genuine moral beaten. I love the fact he is on the quick six-day backup. Our leading form analyst Aaron Hamilton and I dismissed this horse at Pakenham two starts ago because we thought the three-day backup from racing at Sandown midweek was a huge disadvantage. That wasn’t the case as he beat Casino Fourteen. From barrier 12, Chris Caserta can ride Laure Me In like the best horse in the race and he should be winning. 

BEAUDESERT (Steve Bennett)

Race 3 - 2:32PM SPILL THE BEANS @ AQUIS FARM C,G&E Ratings Band 0-65 Handicap (1200 METRES)
We tipped him on Christmas Eve as the best of the day and he didn’t disappoint. WILL’S BID was hammered into $1.70 that day but won accordingly, putting 2.5 lengths on his opposition in a class 3 plate over 1200m. He actually drops in class here and despite rising slightly in weight, he should take this out. 

Race 7 - 5:07PM AQUIS FARM SELLS WINNERS QTIS Three-Years-Old BenchMark 65 Handicap (1100 METRES)
With a hefty QTIS bonus up for grabs here, this will truly be a charge of the light brigade situation. Coming off a narrow but impressive victory, the Rex Lipp-trained SUPERSONIC BOOM certainly has the breeding to beat most of these home. The Spirit Of Boom gelding appears to be back on track after three disappointing runs on the trot. Two starts back, he finished a whisker behind Spirit’s Choice at Toowoomba then went one better at Ipswich, holding off The Administrator to win the class 2 event also over the 1200m trip. The up-and-coming Jackson Murphy jumps aboard for the first time and after the claim carries a respectable 58.5kgs. The only blemish here is the wide gate. If Murphy can get him across and settled around mid-field, he can still finish over the top of these. 

ELLERSLIE (Steve Bennett)

Some of New Zealand’s best stayers line here for the Group Three event with MONGOLIAN MARSHAL standing out as the one they have to beat. He ticks just about every box here and hasn’t finished out of the top two this preparation. Following a solid win here over the mile three starts back, he then ran into the smart Igraine who beat him convincingly in the Group Three Counties Cup (2100m) at Pukekohe Park. Then last start, he reversed that result in the Group Three Waikato Cup (2400m) beating Igraine to the line by more than a length. The High Chaparral gelding is in a ‘no mercy’ mood at the moment and in his current form, he looks the testing material here.

To the big one of the day and all eyes will be on the topweight as Melody Belle resumes from a 14-week spell and will line up here as race favourite. She has an outstanding resume, highlighted by eight wins from her 15 career starts, three at Group One level.  A first-up winner on two occasions she does stand out as a genuine contender. However, the Tony Pike-trained BOSTONIAN will jump from gate five, a winner of his past four starts and looms as a real threat to the topweight. The Jimmy Choux gelding is yet to win at Group One level but going on his current form that could very well happen here. After an unbeaten tour in Australia, where he won three from three on Queensland tracks, he returned to New Zealand to comfortably take out the Listed Counties Bowl (1100m) at Pukekohe last start. He picked up a new rider that day and Vinnie Colgan remains aboard here. He is second-up here and will strip fitter than Melody Belle who also has to deal with a very wide draw (15). This could turn out to be the difference in the end. I’m going with Bostonian to have the edge, courtesy of the one run back and the better draw. 


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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