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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews November 11 - best chances for Australian horse racing on Saturday

  • Guide to Saturday's racing
  • In-depth previews of the feature races

Read our complete guide to the best bets for November 11, racing at Ascot, Doomben, Gold Coast, Flemington, Morphettville, Newcastle, Rosehill and Toowoomba.

FLEMINGTON - STAKES DAY (Aaron Hamilton)


Race 1 - AAMI MARIBYRNONG PLATE (1000m) 12:15pm

Willing to take a chance with the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained KING who went super in a 745m barrier trial at Randwick on October 17. He showed good gate speed to lead and cruised to the line to win by a big margin. Looked to have plenty of gears to go through and with nearly a month since that trial, he would have stripped much fitter through track work.
Race 4 - SENSIS DIGITAL TROPHY (1400m) 2:10pm

I think LITE’N IN MY VEINS is probably the best of the day following his unlucky first-up run for the new stable. Formerly trained by Fred Kersley in Perth, the five-year-old son of Henrythenavigator was sent to the Ciaron Maher stable and is now with caretaker trainer Aaron Purcell who is doing a fantastic job. He resumed in the Caulfield Village Stakes (1200m) and was blocked for a run for the majority of the straight before taking a narrow gap and doing his best work when it was all over – I think he would have won with any luck. He’s a better 1400m horse and strips fitter for the run, and the long Flemington straight will suit with Craig Williams getting him to the outside and launching late.
Race 6 - 7NEWS MATRIARCH STAKES (2000m) 3:30pm

There are not many horses going better than FALIKA at the minute. She was scored at Flemington three starts back, then took out the Pinker Pinker Plate (2080m) before scoring at Moonee Valley over 2040m last start. She was in desperate trouble in the run and had little chance of getting clear but a ride of the night by Damien Oliver got her home. She’s flying and there’s no reason to jump off now. 
 

ASCOT (Aaron Hamilton)


Race 6 - WAROA-LEE STEERE STAKES (1400m) 4:15pm

SCALES OF JUSTICE is three from three when third-up from a spell and he returns home after some top efforts in Group 1 and 2 events in Melbourne. He’s trialled in the interim and will be hard to beat.
Race 7 - CBRE - CONQUER CYSTIC FIBROSIS - ASCOT GOLD CUP (1800m) 4:50pm

GATTING is still on the up but has been great in both runs back from a spell. He was held up for the first half of the straight last time and couldn’t go with the first three that had momentum. He gets back to Ascot where he has four wins and three placings from nine starts, and William Pike has picked up the ride which can’t hurt.
Race 8 - CRAIG TURNBULL SIX-O BIRTHDAY HANDICAP (1200m) 5:25pm

I tipped GIGANTE last time at big odds and he got nailed just before the line but still paid well for the place. He’s at his absolute peak now and backs up two weeks later instead of three weeks which could just give him that extra bit of strength late. Stick with him each-way at $18 & $4.80.

DOOMBEN (Steve Bennett)


Race 5 - Epicure Memorable Events Hcp (BM85) 1200m

An open contest shapes up here with horses up and down in grade and up and down in distance. One of those is Courtza King from the Tony Gollan stable who is up in grade but has some upside about him. Resuming, he was full of running in winning a BM75 over 1200m by almost two lengths. Last start, he drew wide (in gate10) and was caught well back and wide in the run home. Beaten a neck, finishing third behind Fiery Heights  was a mighty effort considering the circumstances and good form coming into this event with Fiery Heights to start favourite in race eight on the card. Courtza King is a three-time winner over the trip and a track winner to boot. He has drawn awkwardly in gate nine but has leading jockey Jim Byrne back aboard who has the experience to handle the situation and with a little luck in running should settle around mid-field with cover. He is right up to this.
Race 7 - Mark Cotterell Jeweller Hcp (Class 6) 1110m

Several pre-race scratchings have changed the look of this event and has opened it right up with several winning chances emerging. It’s hard to go past Colinelle here being first-up and unbeaten when resuming. Last prep he resumed with a good win over 1050m in a class 4 at Doomben on a soft track. Then after a six week freshen-up he returned in class 6 company over the 1000m at Eagle Farm where he came from back in the field to finish a close-up third, beaten less than half a length. First-up again here, he comes off a barrier trial last week which he duly won. Ridden by Brad Stewart he looked very sharp and under a good hold as well. Stewart has decided to remain aboard here and with good early gate speed will have the Denman gelding sitting around mid-field and looking to pounce in the run home.
Race 8 - Bronxnation Hcp (Open) 1350m

A battle royal looms here with last start winner Fiery Heights taking on open class company again, and Cantbuybetter a winner in open company who is second-up here. From the in-form Ben Currie stable at Toowoomba, the Casino Prince gelding ending a very successful last campaign with an unplaced finish in the Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich back in June. Then spelled for four months, he resumed here with an impressive first-up second over 1200m behind Hi I’m Back coming from mid-field on the corner. Already a winner second-up, jockey Mark Pegus remains aboard and the speed map shows he will be just behind the pace with plenty of cover, and set to pounce in the run home. His main rival is yet to finish in the money in open company and will be hard at it to hold this fellow at bay.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)


Race 1 - REALESTATE.com.au Hcp (Class 4) 1400m

Track specialist Desmon’s Pride looks ideally placed here to go back-to-back. Resuming this campaign he won first-up over 1200m in a class on this track. After finishing fifth at Ipswich behind Bourbon Road, he finished unplaced here in a class 3, beaten by the heavy track that day. Then last start, also at this track, He took on class 4 company and carrying 59kgs he took out the 1300m event by two lengths. A seven day turnaround should be ideal after his last start performance. Ryan Plumb is three from four on his back and he retains the ride here. He jumps from the outside gate (7) but in the small field that is inconsequential. The extra trip (100m) should also be trivial. He looks the goods here.
Race 6 - LJ Hooker Pacific Pines Hcp (Class 3) 1200m

Second-up and down in grade, Darryl Hansen’s four-year-old Bauhinia Sid can go one better here. After a solid campaign last year that reeled two victories and a minor placing, the gelding was spelled for seven months and returned to finish unplaced in his only run last preparation. Another six months off and he seems to have bounced back to his form of last year. First-up at Ipswich in class 4 company, he finished a gallant second behind Jomar’s Element over 1200m. A 10 day turnaround here will see him much fitter and will be there at the finish. Justin Stanley has ridden him on six of his eight career starts and stays aboard here. He has drawn mid-field and will get back but his second-up fitness should see him hitting the line hard. He is a sound each-way chance in this.
Race 8 - Aquis Raceday 6 January Hcp (Class 4) 1800m

Shouldn’t need to look further than the topweight here. Sheza Lily is a track and trip specialist and looks to have a stranglehold on this event. She ended her last campaign on this track with a solid win over the 1800m journey in wet conditions. Resuming from a three month break, she was unplaced in a class 3 over 1400m beaten two lengths behind Raggie Varr.  Then last start she bounced back to the winner’s circle with a sound victory in a BM65 over 1400m here last week. The jump to 1800m here will be ideal as she is already a two-time winner at the trip. Four wins and two minor placings from nine starts on her home track also strengthens her claims. She takes on the boys here but has beaten them previously. Ryan Plumb remains aboard and is the only jockey to taste victory aboard the Zoffany mare. She’ll get back but be storming home when it counts.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)


Race 2 - HOLDFAST INSURANCE HANDICAP (1400m) 1:11pm

SET TO SPARKLE should be too good following a very impressive last start victory at Balaklava where she led and kicked away to win by four lengths. She defeated Containment on debut and that galloper didn’t improve second-up despite winning and now lines up in opposition again. She then had no luck caught wide at Morphettville but battled on well before her big win last time. Should be at peak fitness and looks like the good thing of the day.
Race 4 - ROBERTS FAMILY HANDICAP (1950m) 2:31pm

TABLE OF WISDOM looks set to turn the tables on the joint favourite Dollar Dollar Bill who defeated him two starts back. The winner had a 3kg weight advantage and Table Of Wisdom was dropping back in trip after a four-week break. With another run under his belt over 2043m, he is well placed dropping back slightly in trip which should see him finish a bit stronger.
Race 6 - HUGHES LIMOUSINES HANDICAP (1000m) 3:51pm

MYSTIFIED is clearly the class runner here and will be suited by the quick early tempo set by Ogunde and Irish Mint. She worked through the grades last campaign and was close up in a couple of strong Group races, and if she’s fit enough for this first-up tilt, she can finish over the top of them.

NEWCASTLE (Ross Aylward)



Race 2 – 2:45pm

We saw Gary Moore collect a race win at the Flemington carnival on Thursday and he can continue that success here with MOUNT PANORAMA. There is a motor in this bloke and he is a long way down in grade, probably because he failed badly when resuming in town, Unlike most Moore runners, this guy likes to get back in the ruck and charge home. Little field suits.

Race 4 - 3:34pm

You have to think that finishing just 2 lengths behind a horse at this level, who then goes on at its next start to win at Flemington leading all way in better grade, would set you up for a win here. This mare LAMMA HILTON did just that recently when a close 3rd. Now, she doesnt win very often, and actually disappoints a good many times, but this is her race.

Race 5 - 4:14pm

Tough call this one. Can Ibanez who has 7 provincial maiden placings from past 8 starts, use her good gate of one and actually win a race? Or will rising young gun KETTERING sit off her and finish too well? They will fight it out but I'm on the boy as she is a proven non-winner.



ROSEHILL (Ross Aylward)


Race 2 - 12:35pm

She's getting up in weight now, but this filly UNFORGOTTEN ran subsequent 2 times Gr 1 winner Ace High to within a length when they met at maiden level, and she herself has then gone on to win twice. Last start rattling home to beat a pair of smart Godolphin gallopers. Looks a bit too classy here.

Race 3 - 1:10pm

LYCURGUS looks the bet of the day. He is a pretty smart stayer in the making and he gets in here on the limit. Has raced well against open class stayers in recent weeks, last start in particular a great 2nd to Sin To Win who won again during the Flemington carnival. Just get on.

Race 7 - 3:50pm

STONEBROOK has started fav in all his 5 starts to date and has won 4 of them. Yet his most courageous effort was last start when beaten on the line by the very smart Passage Of Time who was placed in Open Cup grade on Thursday. Looks to lead these and just roll away in the straight. Is very hard to get past.


TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett)


Race 1 - Toowoomba West Special School P&C Hcp (Class 1) 1300m

A golden opportunity here for leading trainer Ben Currie to kick off the evening with a winner. Can Do Campbell is third-up and can measure up to his rivals here. Resuming from a five week freshen-up, he carried 58.5kgs around a heavy Toowoomba track over the short 1050m sprint. He finished fourth well beaten due to the wet conditions. Second-up on a good track, the end result was the same, finishing fourth attempting to lead all the way. Stepping up to 1300m here, the Time Thief gelding will appreciate the longer trip. Leading the pack or sitting just on the pace, he may dictate the early pace and given his own way he could steal this event. Third-up and certainly fitter, speedmaps have him leading but a change of tactics may be applied due to the increase in trip. He is up to this.

Can Do Campbell   * Best price to follow soon

Race 2 - CNK Electrical Pty Ltd Cannonball Series Heat Hcp (BM75) 870m

Ben Currie’s Nicconi mare Isis Magic should be just about uncatchable in this with her blistering early speed and love of her home track. Third start back from her last spell she was asked to lump 60.5kgs in a BM65 event over the 870m trip here last month. Sitting just off the pace she flew past the leaders to record a comfortable victory. Following that win, she then challenged a BM75 field on a heavy Toowoomba track over the longer 1050m trip. Leading all the way this time, she held off the challenge from Credit Card Miss to win her second in a row. She will jump from barrier nine here but with her early gate speed it won’t matter too much. She may lead or elect to take a sit behind challengers inside her Squeemi and Lisa Fashionista. Either way, this field has their hands full trying to contain this little lady in this race. She has won seven of her 13 career starts and six of those have been right here at Toowoomba. Apprentice Nicholas Keal will ride her for the first time and after his claim she carries a half kilo less than her last start victory. She looks the best of the day.

Isis Magic * Best price to follow soon

Race 6 - Trucks On The Run Pty Ltd Hcp (BM65) 2000m

Gold Coast trainer Maryann Brosnan travels to Toowoomba with just McGill to represent her stable and gets the opportunity to go one better than his last start at the track where he finished second in a BM62 over 2000m three starts back. The High Chaparral gelding has been very consistent of late with a win and two minor placings from his last three runs. Two starts back the heavy track at the Sunshine Coast didn’t deter him as he won that class 4 event over 1800m comfortably. Last-up a combination of things saw him finish third on the Gold Coast. He climbed to the 2200m journey, climbed to BM65 grade and had to lump 59.5kgs around another heavy track. Finishing within two lengths of the winner was a mighty effort. Back on top of the ground here, he comes back to the 2000m trip and after Keal’s claim will carry just 57.5kgs, the same weight he carried to victory two starts back. He jumps from the outside gate but in such a small field it will have little to no effect on his chances. By the Sire of Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, he will prove hard to beat here.

McGill   * Best price to follow soon  

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