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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews July 15 - best bets for Australian horse racing on Saturday

  • Expert guide for Saturday's racing
  • Previews and selections for Belmont, Caulfield, Gold Coast, Morphettville, Newcastle, Rosehill, Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

There is plenty of great racing action across Australia on Saturday, July 15, and our form analysts have given their top selections for Belmont, Caulfield, Gold Coast, Morphettville, Newcastle, Rosehill, Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

Here are our best selections from around the country:

BELMONT - Aaron Hamilton

Race 1 - THE TABTOUCH MASTERS 25 NOV-2 DEC-9 DEC HANDICAP (2100m) 12:34pm

GATTING had no luck last week in a much tougher race, and if trainer Darren Mcauliffe backs him up, you know he’s come through the run in good shape. He can take up a forward position in the small field where there is likely to be a lack of speed, and class should prevail in the run to the line. 

Race 3 - D'ORSOGNA HANDICAP (1300m) 1:54pm

PROFIT STREET has won three and placed two from five at the track, and although he was a little disappointing last time, he just lacked his usual finishing burst over 1400m. The drop back to 1300m looks ideal at his sixth run from a spell, and with a soft run along the inside, he can get out and challenge late. Galaxy Star will attract all the money but this is tougher and Profit Street can cause and upset.
Race 7 - BEAUFINE STAKES - 1000m - 04:20pm

First Among Equals is the class runner here, but with 61kg while the rest of his rivals carry 54kg? IT’S IT has run quicker time over 1200m at this track, and he now meets his last start victor, Pretentious Chant, better at the weights. He loves this track and always improves with a few runs under his belt. 

CAULFIELD - Aaron Hamilton

Race 4 - LAMING RACING HANDICAP (2000m) 1:30pm

A rider switch from 1.5kg claiming apprentice Jordan Childs to 3kg claiming apprentice Brandon Stockdale sees KIWIA get in with just half a kilogram more following his impressive last start win at the track and trip. Was never in doubt last time and can only be fitter now. Royal Order didn’t fire with the blinkers on last time and could challenge here but the wide barrier is a concern. 
Race 8 - LUCRF SUPER SUPPORTS JOCKEYS - 1200m - 04:10pm

GREY STREET has been brilliant in all four runs at Caulfield this campaign - finishing 2nd to Miss Vista when first-up over 1100m, defeating that galloper over 1100m, and then finishing runner-up in both runs over 1200m. The tempo was against last start which made it hard to run down Sullivan Bay, but with a bit more early speed this time, Grey Street can finish best with just 53kg on his back. 
Race 9 - OTI RACING HANDICAP (1400m) 4:45pm

Looking for some value here. Schism was very dominant last start and if he backs up, he must have come through the run in good order. Top hoop Beau Mertens has stuck with him and is likely to get the gun run behind Airalign and Mihany from barrier 4. However, AIRALIGN was only just caught last time after trying to lead all the way at the track and trip, and he now drops 8kg on that run. The big weight drop should see him give a very big kick off the bend, and with the shorter straight, Schism may struggle to pick him up. 

GOLD COAST - Steve Bennett

Race 2. Flavour Asia Hcp (Class 4) 1300m 
We tipped Navy Gal to win two weeks ago and she didn’t disappoint. Her victory was quite exceptional when you consider she doesn’t really enjoy leading but on that occasion was left to take the field home and she hung on stoutly for that win. She also drew wide that day (8) and with 58.5kgs still proved too strong.

She does move up to class 4 company here however drops in weight and is drawn much better in gate four. Starocity is the early favourite but will have to concede Navy Gal 2kgs and a big start as he is a renowned slow starter and has drawn wide as well. Winning jockey Racha Cuneen remains aboard and if he can settle the Husson filly alongside or even just behind probable leader Secret Code he can time his run and see the filly home.

Race 6. Coca Cola Hcp (BM65) 1800m
The locally trained Sidero Star is a two time track winner over the 1800m journey and dropping in class here gets another chance to add another victory to his resume. Two starts back he beat home a class 2 field over this distance at this track and came from well back to win by almost two lengths. Last start, he got caught too far back and the job was too big to run down the leaders. He did however finish strong grabbing third prize in BM70 company.

Back to BM65 class here the three-year-old has drawn wide in 14 but again shouldn’t matter too much being a back-marker. Leading Gold Coast jockey Daniel Griffin jumps back aboard for his fourth ride on the gelding. He last rode the horse to victory over today’s trip in a class 1, putting five lengths on his rivals. 

Race 7. UNI Fitness Hcp (Class 1) 1400m
Most of these have just the one win to their names and have struggled since winning. One who has proven a consistent horse is Stella Gris who after four minor placings from her past five starts looks ready to win. Two starts back she finished a close second to Bold Gypsy in a class 3 at Rockhampton and followed that up with a solid fourth placing here over 1350m on a heavy track which she clearly doesn’t handle well.

Back on top of the ground today and she drops back to class 1 company. She does map well despite her wide draw in gate eight, she should be just off the pace and have cover as well. Knocking on the door for her second career win, she gets her chance in this easier affair.

MORPHETTVILLE - Aaron Hamilton

Race 2 - UBET HANDICAP (1000m) 12:33pm

I really like Irish Mint dropping back from 1200m to 1000m as he tries to lead all the way, but there is a big concern. Irish Mint’s two runs at the track and trip have been in 0:58.51 and 0:58.78, while the Phillip Stokes-trained NODOUBTABOUTIT finished a close up 3rd in a time of 0:57.85 while carrying 56.5kg last campaign. She trialled exceptionally well and went into my black book, and she also carries just 53.5kg on Saturday as she tries to lead from barrier 2. This is likely to be an early speed battel and light weights do favour horses up on the pace in these types of races.
Race 3 - HUGHES LIMOUSINES HANDICAP (1250m) 1:08pm

We can take the winnings from Race 2 and use it on COUNTER PULSE who gets back to his favourite track. He has five wins from seven starts here and was far from disgraced at Flemington straight last time when finishing four lengths from Ability. Raquel Clark takes over from Clare Lindop who will be in Melbourne riding for the stable, and Clark’s claim see Counter Pulse get in with less weight than two starts back when he won at the track and trip in this grade. 

BALF’S CHOICE was an impressive winner last start but what is even more impressive is his third-up form behind Plein Ciel last campaign. Not sure the drop back in trip is ideal seeing he contested the mile last time, but I’m sure trainer Ryan Balfour has his reasons. Barrier 9 is slightly tricky, but SA’s leading rider Jamie Kah is the best person for the job.

NEWCASTLE - Ric Chapman


Team Snowden's very expensive yearling ALMIGHTY is having his second race start here following a run here which was full of merit. He's still a maiden but he charged home from a mile back for 3rd. More experienced now, fitter and extra 150m makes him, to me, a good bet to wager upon.

Common sense says don't go near LUCKY FISH because he's a proven non-winner. But he's also been plying his trade in fields considerably stronger than this. Is 2nd up here and could just lob in front and lead all way. Last start he tried that in BM 67 grade and wilted final stages.


ART OF EXCELLENCE won two on the bounce last campaign toward the end and looked very sharp in doing so. Is 2nd up here and is up in grade but won a barrier trial in impressive style recently. Big show.

ROSEHILL - Ric Chapman


Promising galloper BULALA is 3rd up here. Has earned the top weight and should be running on. COSMIC REIGN may make a mess of these. Has a bad draw but form this time up is outstanding for this. Hughie rides too. BUDDY HONEST has been up a while but showed great speed and only just run down in what was a better field than this. Ridden same way here, may take so much catching.

BARBASS ran a great race at Highway level last start and in fact was a little unlucky. Is very honest. But I like HIGH MIST. He has taken a bit of time to find form but is talented enough to be right in this now he’s super fit. VAUCLUSE BAY is going to be in the frame. He’s just honest and can run on.


KING DARCI was a star in this grade when last in work. Big weight here and being 2nd up may pose an issue, but class will help. MANA is a consistent galloper and is in well here and is racing in career best form too. Saying all that, I think FAITH'S ENCORE is a class mare when right. Sure it’s been a while, but with Kerrin McEvoy engaged you’d think she is ready to fire. Resumes here but watch market.

SUNSHINE COAST - Steve Bennett

Race 2 - Pool Pro Celebrating 25 Years Hcp (BM70) 1200m

Plenty of early pace here which could see a fast first 400m run. Our Jamaica is drawn wide but with her early speed the Mossman mare should manage a sit behind the front runners. She’s three starts back from a spell and yet to miss the money. A first-up win in a class 2 at Kilcoy was followed by a solid third placing where she was lumped with 60kgs. Her latest effort was a sound second placing on the Gold Coast in class 3 company coming from well back and beaten only a head. This looks no harder and after Tiffany Brooker’s claim, will carry just 53kgs here. That’s a 5kg drop from her last start. She looks like coming wide on the turn which could be the place to be on the predicted soft ‘7’ track. She’s good value here.
Race 5 - Become A Pool Pro Stockist Hcp (Class 6) 1600m

A big field of milers here with the Lonhro gelding Steamin’ in excellent form and shapes up here as the horse they have to beat. Four starts back he won at Ipswich on a soft track over 1680m then certainly wasn’t disgraced finishing fifth beaten a length at Warwick Farm against harder company that day. He returned to Ipswich and again on a soft track he finished third in class 6 company over 1666m. He turned that around last start winning a BM85 over the mile here on this track in wet conditions again. Another soft track forecast here puts him right in the mix in an easier race. Drawn perfectly in gate four, leading jockey Jim Byrne will give him a cushy run near the fence and then let him go in the run home. He looks the goods here.
Race 6 - Pool-Pro Simply A Better Choice Plate (Class 6) 1200m

Class runner, Stella Ombra looks the one to beat here however after his failure here in the Newmarket last month, he looks a risk at the odds. One of several who could upset him is Beat Street who likes it wet and loves this track. Already a three time winner here, the Street Sense gelding won a 1200m event here on a soft track just prior to a four month spell. Then first-up here comfortably won a class 3 event over 1050m on a soft Doomben track two weeks ago. He’s drawn perfectly in gate two here and will should settle around mid-field, saving ground with his inside draw. He drops 4.5kgs on his first-up win after Tiffany Brooker’s claim giving him a three kilo advantage on Stella Ombra who from barrier eight could easily be trapped wide the entire trip. Beat Street is the value runner here and is definitely in the mix.

TOWNSVILLE - Steve Bennett

Race 3. Townsville RSL Dollars Hcp 1400m
The two most fancied runners here are both known back-markers so this is shaping up to be a race of ‘cat ‘n’ mouse’ tactics as to who will get the upper hand. 

Track specialist Simply Marvellous is hard to go past. He has shown his love of the Townsville track having 11 starts here for an incredible record of four wins and six minor placings. His results usually rely firmly on the tempo of a race as he does get back in his races and likes to finish late.

He had won two of his last three starts and they were over the shorter 1200m trip at Mackay and Rockhampton respectively. His last start fifth over 1200m at Mackay can be forgotten as he was trapped too far back that day.

He lines up against this field which looks a little easier than recent runs. His main rival Helluva Hoffa also likes to get back and finish late. The end result here will again depend on the tempo.

Leading North Queensland jockey Graham Kliese has ridden the Sequalo gelding in all but one of his races, and has enjoyed sharing all four of his victories to date. I believe he make it five in this.

Race 6. Townsville RSL Garrison’s Restaurant Hcp 1200m
Arguably the bet of the day, Tyzone lines up here looking as the winner as all good horses do. This three-year-old Written Tycoon gelding has taken all before him winning no less than nine of his 13 career starts to date. 

After a short two-month let-up he won all three starts since returning. Two starts back he beat home a field of three-year-olds at set weights here over 1300m then carbon copied that effort next start at WFA at the same track over the shorter 1000m sprint distance.

Up to 1200m here where he is already a four-time winner, he looks too good for these despite the fact he also gets back a little in his races. Jockey Stephen Wilson has ridden him to eight of his none victories so he knows the horse well and will know where to have him in the running.

He is currently one of the leading sprinters in North Queensland at the moment and he shapes up as extremely hard to beat.

Race 7. Townsville RSL Two-Year-Old Classic 1200m
Then we come to the main race of the day and on paper you could make a strong case for at least half the field. However, bringing several issues and conditions into consideration and you could narrow that down to just a few.

I have done the hard yards here and have steered away from the more fancied duo as I believe their bad barriers will take their toll on their chances. I have come up with Golden Guardian as the best drawn chance in the event.

The son of Golden Archer has won two of his four starts so far, both of those right here. Two starts back he took care of Craiglea Nikita and Elite Jet putting almost two lengths on that pair. Then last start, he repeated the effort, beating home Samba Rio and Allround Glory who are both lining up here as well.

He is drawn perfectly in gate one and should be slightly better than mid-field on settling and have plenty of cover in running. Jockey Peter Cullen rode him to his last two victories and remains aboard here as well.

If the two favourites, namely Allround Glory and Dream Kisses can overcome their wide draws then they will no doubt play a role in the finish as well. I am also expecting Grey Missile to be there when the whips are cracking.

But it’s Golden Guardian on top for me, taking the others in the exotics. 

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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews July 15 - best bets for Australian horse racing on Saturday

There is plenty of great racing action across Australia on Saturday, July 15, and our form analysts have given their top selections for Belmont, Caulfield, Gold Coast, Morphettville, Newcastle, Rosehill, Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

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