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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews February 18 - Ascot, Eagle Farm, Flemington, Morphettville and Rosehill

  • Expert guide for Saturday's racing
  • Previews and selections for Ascot, Eagle Farm, Flemington, Morphettville and Rosehill

There is plenty of great racing action across Australia on Saturday, February 18, and our form analysts have given their top selections for Ascot, Eagle Farm, Flemington, Morphettville and Rosehill.

Flemington will be the main focus with the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) taking place.

Here are our best selections from around the country:


Ascot (Aaron Hamilton)


Race 6 - CYRIL FLOWER STAKES (1200m) 4:00pm

DURENDAL finished runner-up last start for the third time in a row but he does look like the one to beat again. He meets his last start victory, Divine Calling, 1.5kg better at the weights and he should be getting the run of the race from barrier 2. Will be better for stepping up to 1200m last time and should be strong through the line. 


Race 7 - CHALLENGE STAKES - 1500m - 04:35pm

William Pike would have had his pick of the three Grant and Alana Williams-trained runners and has stuck with REGAL MOON. He also rode the in-form Amaliemoo to victory two starts back so he must have a big opinion of Regal Moon. She was really charging home late over 1200m last time so the step up to 1500m looks ideal.


Race 8 - STONE MOTHERLESS AFTER THE LAST HANDICAP - 1400m - 05:14pm

INFATHUATED has won three races since joining Justin Warwick’s stable and he only took the horse to Ascot once in that time which resulted in a brave win over Pounamu. He has won three and placed two from six starts at the track and has trialled up twice in preparation for this. He can speed over to lead from barrier 10 and will give them something to catch.



Eagle Farm (Ric Chapman)


Race 3 - 1:43PM $60,000 JIM BEAM OPEN Handicap (1200 METRES)

TOO GOOD TOO REFUSE looks a moral. Ran into the smart MODST IMPORTYANT at past 3 runs and acquitted himself really well each time. That horse would be a $1.30 chance here and would win by 5 lengths. Enough said.


Race 5 - 2:53PM $40,000 MT FRANKLIN Class 3 Plate (1500 METRES)

Former useful Godolphin galloper LEIDER has found both a home in Qld and form of late. This is harder but did look like his old self finishing too strongly last start. Should make presence felt at big odds.


Race 8 - 4:57PM $60,000 COKE ZERO QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1200 METRES)

As a 2YO OINK, yeah I know strange name, was one of his generations better ones. His form tapered off as he took on the top silk gallopers, but last styart when resuming, he looked back to his best with a come-from-behind win over the talented Ringo's A Rockstar. Can continue that good form here.



Flemington (Aaron Hamilton)


Race 1 - THE ASIAN EXECUTIVE STAKES (1400m) 12:30pm

MA JONES has more upside than her last start victor, Diamond Baroness, and also meets her much better at the weights. Ben Allen just needs a bit of luck getting cover from the wide gate for his mount to be finishing best.


Race 2 - JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION TROPHY (1400m) 1:05pm

I tipped DUKE OF BRUNSWICK as the best of the day last start knowing all too well he would need another run to hit his peak. He won convincingly and can go on with the job at his fourth run this campaign. Best of the day again.


Race 7 - ASCOT RACECOURSE TROPHY - 2000m - 04:00pm

CROCODILE ROCK goes up in grade but drops from 61.5kg to 57.5kg as he also drops 400m in distance. He was really starting to open up and get away from them when winning easily last start, and the Flemington straight should suit him even better.

Morphettville (Aaron Hamilton)


Race 4 - UBET ADELAIDE CUP 13TH MARCH 2017 HANDICAP (2020m) 2:28pm

OPTIMIZE just had an off day last time and can bounce back in an easier race. Three of his four wins have come at this track, and with little pace in the race, he can lead or sit outside Barge And Charge before kicking clear in the straight.


Race 7 - HOLDFAST INSURANCE BIRTHDAY CUP (2020m) 4:24pm

European-import GOLDSTREAM scored his first Australian win under the guidance of Darren Weir last start, and he looks harder to beat this time. He did it tough last time when being forced to work to the lead, but from barrier 3 on Saturday, he should enjoy a soft run behind the leaders. At his peak now and should be too good for them.


Race 8 - GEORGE ZERVOS HANDICAP (1600m) 5:03pm

I’m surprised the Lindsay Park camp haven’t stepped BARJEEL up to beyond 1600m yet but who am I to second guess them. I love the way he ran through the line beating Vantaggio last start, and that galloper has since franked the form with a 2.3-length win at Sandown.



Rosehill (Ric Chapman)


Race 3 - 2:00PM $100,000 JAMES RUSE HANDICAP (1500 METRES)

Is this the race where all the stars align for STRAWBERRY BOY? Melding if you like to a perfect storm. Because I cannot for the life of me see how they can beat him. He will go to the lead from barrier rise, control the tempo at his leisure, then his well-known grit and determination will kick in down the running. My only possible doubt is Antonio Guiseppe. How good has he come back? His trial says he is a Group horse….but how this race will pan out points toward a Strawberry Boy victory for mine.


Race 4 - 2:35PM $60,000 TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1100 METRES)

This is a strong field and many will aim up in coming weeks for places in their respective Country Champs Qualifiers. But while all of them have speed and talent, I suspect ZAKYNTHOS REGRETS has the most of both elements. This is a sharp racehorse going places. Can sit right on the speed and accelerate away. Faces hardest task here but looks up to it.


Race 5 - 3:10PM $250,000 TAB SILVER SLIPPER STAKES (1100 METRES)

What a race. Three of the top five in the Gr 1 Golden Slipper betting line up here. But gee I like the filly SHE WILL REIGN. I know both colts, Veranillo and Khan have enormous wraps, and wraps from people who know what's what, but the filly is an absolute flying machine and there is no substitute for pure, sustained speed in juvenile racing. I think she jumps, leads and wins easily making her a $3.80 fav for the Slipper.





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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews February 18 - Ascot, Eagle Farm, Flemington, Morphettville and Rosehill

There is plenty of great racing action across Australia on Saturday, February 18, and our form analysts have given their top selections for Ascot, Eagle Farm, Flemington, Morphettville and Rosehill.

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