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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews June 17 - best chances for Australian horse racing on Saturday

  • Guide to Saturday's best chances and previews
  • In-depth previews of the feature races and selections to back

We provide a complete guide to the best bets for the weekend's racing - and you can read who are tipsters are backing below.

Saturday's racing comes from Belmont, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Moonee Valley, Morphettville, Newcastle and Rosehill.

BELMONT - Aaron Hamilton

Race 6 - HEINEKEN HANDICAP (1400m) 3:05pm

DARK ROYALTY in absolutely flying this campaign and brought that strong form to his first start at Belmont. War God meets him better at the weights, but from barrier 2, Dark Royalty can get the job done again. 
Race 7 - HYPERION STAKES (1600m) 3:45pm

Group 1 Railway Stakes winner SCALES OF JUSTICE is clearly the best bet of the day at Belmont. He did it tough first-up, hit the front in the straight but was run down late by a rock-hard-fit Rock Magic. With natural improvement, he’ll take up a forward position and sprint best to score.
Race 8 - JAMES BOAG'S PREMIUM HANDICAP (1600m) 4:25pm

JETOOMY was slightly disappointing last start despite making ground against the pattern. He’s backing up a week later which is a good sign this early in his campaign, and the extra 200m will only help his cause. 

GOLD COAST - Steve Bennett

Race 5. RCI (F&M) Hcp (Class 2) 1200m
The locally trained Kitty Ping lines up here a track and distance winner and meets her rivals on equal terms with the wet track now coming into play. The Northern Meteor mare run a string of minor placings this preparation before finally winning her maiden here on a heavy track. She has since had a two-month let-up.

She maps well and looks to get a sit behind the early pace and with a clear run home will be there at the finish. Daniel Griffin is sticking with her convinced he can get the job done here. She lines up at great each-way value.

She’s been hard to follow but taken on trust, Star Stiletto can match it with these while fresh. The Starcraft mare returned from a spell winning her first two runs back in good fashion. She then took on much harder opposition in her next three runs and couldn’t go with them. Spelled again for five months, she trialled well last month finishing second and returned to racing finishing 2.5 lengths fifth behind Sir Donald.

A quick turnaround here of just nine days should suit her. She will strip fitter for that run and is one from one in heavy going. The speedmap has her better than midfield on the fence and with just a little luck on the turn she will be finishing hard. A four time winner on this track she looks great each-way value as well.

Local trainer Scott Morrisey has Wack’em lining up here and looks a real winning chance in this company. He has finished second, three times in class 2 company on this track in this campaign before finally cracking it last start over the 1300m journey. That was a solid effort after jumping from gate 13 and missing the start. Near last on the turn, the Savabeel gelding still managed to win the race.

Drawn fairly in gate eight, he could be box seating if jockey Shannon Doyle can cross early enough. He is a three-time winner here and has won in heavy going. Up in class today but he has improved enough to handle the rise. 

IPSWICH - Steve Bennett and Aaron Hamilton

Race 5. Schweppes T.L. Cooney 3yr Old HCP 1100m
The wet track and slow beginners drawn inside him will suit Sir Donald here. A five time winner from just eight career starts, the I Am Invincible gelding looks perfectly placed here and with a short seven day turnaround will be right in this.

A first-up winner over 900m on the Gold Coast, he backed that up three weeks later with a solid victory in class 5 company at the same track jumping from the outside gate. That was Adam Sewell’s first ride on him and he retains the ride again.

He maps well and should be just behind the speed on settling. A two time winner at the track and as many wins over this trip, with Sewell’s claim he comes into this on the limit. He’s on the up and looks hard to beat.
Race 8. Eye Liner Stakes 1350m
Four-year-old Hinchinbrook gelding The Virginian will appreciate the drop in class here and looks right in mix provided he has some luck in running from his inside draw. First-up after eight months in the paddock he made light work of the 1050m Chief De Beers Hcp on a heavy Doomben track. Then he wasn’t disgraced against a strong Morton Cup field two weeks later, finishing just behind Deploy and Dothraki over the 1200m trip.

Nominated for the Stradbroke Hcp last week, connections think highly of him. This contest is a little easier and provided he gets to see daylight at some stage after straightening, he will be right there at the finish. 

Race 9. Sky Racing Gai Waterhouse Classic 1350m
Three runs back from a spell, mudlark Kinshachi should be at peak fitness and will appreciate the wet track here. The Commands mare finished five lengths behind Daysee Doom when second-up at Scone. Then three weeks later put in a much improved run at Doomben where she finished less than three lengths from the flying filly Bonny O’reilly. 
Perfectly drawn in gate three, she gets a sit just behind the pace and if she is at her peak she will revel in the going and prove hard to hold out in this company. One of Godolphin’s better winning chances today.

MOONEE VALLEY - Aaron Hamilton

Race 2 - BIDFOOD HANDICAP (1000m) 12:50pm

A STERLING DASH is a very tough filly that has been carrying big weights and running well, and you can forget her last run on the unsuitable Heavy track. An interesting move with Damien Oliver going on, and from the inside gate, you know they’ll be looking for a soft run and hoping Oliver can weave a path through the ruck to get her home at big odds. 

FAST CASH goes extremely well at the track and trip and gets in with just 51kg after Brandon Stockdale’s claim. He charged home last start and comes into this at his absolute peak. A tough race with many chances but he can sneak into the placings at nice odds.

HIGHLAND BEAT was most unlucky last time behind Katsuro and now meets him 2kg better at the weights, while he also has more upside. With fitness on his side he can afford to hold a position around midfield, and if Craig Williams can work him into the race at the right time. He’ll be finishing best.

MORPHETTVILLE - Aaron Hamilton


Tony McEvoy’s KID FLASH showed enough last campaign to suggest he’s well above average, and he’s also looked quite slick in two recent barrier trials. He defeated Eshtiraak on debut and that galloper went on to win four of his next five, and he then finished four lengths from Tulip before going for a spell. He’s been gelded since last campaign and can race through the grades this time.

FLYING CASINO was disappointing last start but he wasn’t suited dropping back in trip. There was only a length between him and Super Haze two starts back over the same trip, and Super Haze has since won and is the $2.60 favourite for Saturday’s race while Flying Casino is a $26 chance. I’m expecting him to run a big race as this is the stage of his campaign where he usually peaks. 

TROGIR was scratched from Flemington last week because of a stable security breach and trainer Phillip Stokes played it safe and scratched his horses. The fact Stokes was keen to send him to Melbourne suggests he’s flying now, and this trip looks ideal for him.

NEWCASTLE - Ric Chapman


Birdsong will be heavily tried and so she should be, but I think she gets too far back here. Will run on late but I like GRACIOUS GREY. She will also be getting home late but should be in front of the fav as they straighten. Will have saved ground on the fence all way and should be jumping out of the trees final 100m.


Class wins races and NIC'S VENDETTA is the class. He more than held his own in the best of the Country Champs races and that form is standing up everywhere. This is a bit short for him but he will come with a rush late as he’s fresh. Denman Dreaming runs on for 2nd.

Race 8 - 4:09PM $30,000 TLE NEWCASTLE CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1200 METRES)

HUTCHO is as honest the day is long. Just will put himself into a winning position and is super fit. Rates highly from stablemate Texas Rebel.

ROSEHILL - Ric Chapman

Race 3 - 12:35PM $60,000 TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1500 METRES)

Tremendous Highway. Top three look to have it in the bag though. Forever Newyork is talented, even though a bit hit and miss. He can muster good speed midrace and with the claim here rates highly. So too Zamex who won a Highway recently racing clear final stages. Tough draw though makes him place chance. THE FRICK seems the one. He is an emerging talent from Mudgee and he can sit wherever he wants to from this great draw. Greg Ryan has many options because the horse can accelerate in straight. He’s going for 3 on the bounce here.

Race 5 - 1:45PM $1200,000 TAB REWARDS HANDICAP (1500 METRES)

Despite the big weights this might be a day for top weights. KELLYVILLE FLYER has a fair bit on these in class. She can really sizzle home when her mind is into it and added benefit here, she loves it wet. Big danger. Signposted led and battled on well for 5th this grade last start. Fitter now, while LIAPARI should be near pace from this great draw all the way.
Race 6 - 2:25PM $100,000 KENSEI HANDICAP (2000 METRES)

Good strong winter staying field this. DESTINY"S KISS is 2nd up here but does have far better form than all of these - has won over $1million thank you very much. Also loves it wet and despite big weight, should race home strongly. TUCANCHOO is close to a win. Chased home the only speed in the race all the way to the post last start and gets in better at the weights this time. Supply And Deman was that speed and should lead and run boldly again.

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