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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews March 18 - Ascot, Flemington, Gold Coast, Morphettville and Rosehill

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

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

Rosehill Gardens will be the main focus with five Group 1 races including: the Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) The Galaxy (1100m), Rosehill Guineas (2000m), Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) where Winx lines up to attempt her 16th consecutive victory.

Here are our best selections from around the country:

ASCOT: Aaron Hamilton

Race 1 - TABTOUCH HANDICAP (1600m) 1:14pm

INFATHUATED only missed out by half a length last time when coming from the tail of the field so I’m sticking with him again. Should be at his peak now and can break through for his fourth win at the track.

Race 5 - NATASHA STAKES - 2200m - 03:45pm

ROYAL STAR is a talented filly that just peaked on her run last time when trying to wind up from last. That run would have brought her on and William Pike gets back aboard. Drawn better this time – she’s the one to beat.

Race 8 - GET THE TABTOUCH HANDICAP - 2200m - 05:35pm

BLUSTERY is most consistent at the track and trip having won two and placed five from eight attempts. She hit the front too early last time before being run down, but with any luck from the tricky gate this time, she can add to her impressive record.

FLEMINGTON: Aaron Hamilton

Race 2 - VRC THANKS GREG MILES TROPHY (1400m) 1:10pm

THEANSWERMYFRIEND comes into this at peak fitness and can atone for a narrow loss last start. In hindsight, jockey Luke Currie went for home a bit early down the long Flemington straight but was only nabbed on the line. Same trip, same weight, slightly better result.


GARRARD went into her last start with a 2nd to Catchy and a 2nd to Houtzen who are both bound to be major players in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill. That form is stronger than anything here and although she didn’t have a lot of luck in her maiden when caught wide without cover, she still got the win. With any improvement from the run, she’s the one to beat.

Race 5 - INCOGNITUS BLAMEY STAKES (1600m) 3:05pm

This seems like a no-brainer! Firstly, I really love Black Heart Bart and have been on him all three starts this campaign for two wins – he’s just so gutsy. But his stablemate TOSEN STARDOM is a serious racehorse and his first-up run where he was edged out by BHB, who had fitness on his side, was a real eye-catcher. The Japanese-import now meets BHB 4kg better at the weights and will strip much fitter for the run – he’s the best of the day.

GOLD COAST: Ric Chapman

Race 3 - 1:15PM $60,000 CRACKER BARREL BenchMark 75 Handicap (2200 METRES)

I just love horses coming back in grade and or weight and MAGNATUNE is that horse on both counts here. Should be a little worse than midfield till the turn and is racing in career best form despite unplaced efforts past few. Will rattle home out wide in this at good odds.

Race 4 - 1:55PM $60,000 SIMPLOT FOODSERVICES BenchMark 75 Handicap (900 METRES)

LAND OFFICE was more than handy this grade and better when last in work. Fresh here now resuming and that always helps pure sprinters. Off the inside draw makes him very, very hard to beat in this.

Race 8 - 4:40PM $60,000 MOCO SEAFOOD QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1200 METRES)

This is an open 3YO and as such horses like SCORCHA are massively disadvantaged. But...and although she has just a lowly maiden to boast about thus far, she looks to be something pretty special. From this draw she can be up on the pace and I think she can break 1.10 here - which will make her very hard to run down. She's going places this filly.


Race 3 - DARLEY GOODWOOD 20TH MAY HANDICAP (1950m) 2:03pm

FLYING PARIS is a good 2000m horse and should be at his absolute peak now. He looked home last time but was nabbed on the line by a horse carrying 6.5kg less. Drops slightly in trip, drops 4.5kg for going up in class and looks very hard to beat.


MULDER did a great job to fight back against a fit Wicked Affair last start. He’s drawn to get a perfect run behind the lead, and with that run under his belt, he can go on with the job and make it three from three.


ÉCLAIR ATTACK drops in grade and is rock-hard-fit after a barrier trial and three good runs. He was a touch unlucky last time behind a very impressive winner, but with the run of the race behind the speed, he’ll be ready to break through now.

ROSEHILL: Ric Chapman


This just looks so well set up for ALLERGIC. He showed his class all the way up to Group 1 level last campaign and while he hasn't won this time up, he's been right there in unsuitable races. Maps to be just off pace in a handy position all way and I suspect his class gets him just in front of OUR CENTURY who is the emerging talent.

You just have to love winners and this TACTICAL ADVANTAGE is just that. He's strung together his own little picket fence winning his past 4 and although this is a Listed event, under the conditions he looks very well in. Should be able to sit in about 7th spot until straightening at which time his tenacity will drive him down the outside to victory over the luckless STAR OF MONSOON.

Race 7 - 4:10PM $3.4million LONGINES GOLDEN SLIPPER (1200 METRES)

Seven last start winners - and an even spread of genders with 8 apiece. Very well-matched field and this should be a torrid battle down the running between speed and backmarkers. So who do we go for? Well I think the backmarkers hold the key. I know HOUTZEN and SHE WILL REIGN are very fast, but PARIAH, CATCHY, FORMALITY, FROLIC and DIAMOND TATHAGATA have long legs and big engines. They will be part of the chasing pack. She Will Reign has drawn 13 and in 60 runnings of this great race no horse has ever won from 13. Plus she looked uneasy in the wet last start when 2nd, so I like CATCHY. I think she is the type to run a fast and strong 1400m and on this track that's a must. Her final 200m when winning the Group 1 Blue Diamond was stunning and I think she just finds a fast lane out wide on race day and zoom, zoom, zooms home from Pariah who will be in the fighting line the whole way.

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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews March 18 - Ascot, Flemington, Gold Coast, Morphettville and Rosehill

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

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