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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews August 12 - best chances for Australian horse racing on Saturday

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

Read our complete guide to the best bets for August 12, racing at Belmont, Doomben, Flemington, Gold Coast, Morphettville, Newcastle, Rosehill and Toowoomba.

BELMONT (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 2 - BERNARD COUCH MEMORIAL HANDICAP - 2000m - 12:23pm

Fred Kersley’s seven-year-old, IHTSAHYMN, will be aiming to wind back the clock and he looks poised to produce a cracking run. He was stepped up to 2000m at just his third run this campaign and failed to make an impact, but dropping in class at the same trip next start saw a big improvement for 2nd. They ran good time on the Heavy track as opposed to Gatting’s time on a Soft track, and with expected fifth-up improvement, he’ll be hard to hold out. Last campaign he was contesting the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at his firth run before finishing 3rd behind Perfect Reflection and Fathoms of Gold in the Ted Van Heemst Stakes (2100m) at his next start. He gets in well at the weights with young Fred Kersley’s 3kg claim and he’s recorded three wins at the track.
Race 3 - BOB CRAMP 80TH BIRTHDAY HANDICAP - 1000m - 01:03pm

Another 3kg claim by Kersley sees track and distance specialist MORE ACES get in well at the weights here. He’s at his peak after three runs, and despite winning in this grade last start against a handy field, he carries half a kilo less thanks to the claim. He’ll either lead from gate 3 or sit outside Atacama Sky, and from there, he’ll have made his own luck and will prove hard to run down.
Race 6 - BELMONT NEWMARKET - 1200m - 03:03pm

PROFIT STREET has won his past two for us and I can see no reason to drop off him. He goes up slightly in weight but this is less significant over the sprint trip when it’s not a gut-busting weight. Five wins and two placings from seven starts at the track tells you he loves racing at Belmont, and with a cracking early pace with three natural front-runners, he can save ground along the inside and weave a passage home to score the hat-trick. 

DOOMBEN (Steve Bennett)

Race 2 - Elite Portables Plate (Class 3) 2040m

The Liam Birchley trained Pinolino has had a long campaign this time in but hasn’t missed out on prizemoney in her last four starts. The stats look even better when you look at her current preparation ‘big picture’ where she’s had 10 starts this time round and missed the placings just twice. Two starts back the Pins mare broke through in class 2 company with a strong on-pace performance over 1650m here with 57kgs. She then tackled class 3 grade for the first time and put in another solid effort to finish runner-up, beaten only a head. She jumps 400m here but with 3kg claim for Guthmann-Chester will ease that pressure a little. Her latest efforts suggest she will run the trip out. Drawn perfectly in gate three, she should get a sit behind the pace setters and make her move in the run home.
Race 3 - Caltex Belbowrie Hcp (BM 0-70) 1050m

A mad dash here for the fillies and mares with several winning chances. I am sticking with the drawn Bonsho who is third-up here and weighted to win. Trained by Tony Sears of Toowoomba, the Hidden Dragon mare had a short but successful campaign last time round prior to a three month spell. In her last preparation, she won her maiden and then a class 1 in consecutive starts before finishing a solid second in her first attempt in class 2 grade. When resuming, she took on a class 3 field and first-up finished a respectable third here over this distance. Jumping to class 6 company next up, she found that opposition a little too strong finishing 2.3 lengths behind them in sixth place. Dropping back to BM70 grade here, she looks much better placed and is a track and distance winner already. She does have her fifth jockey in as many starts however Matthew McGillvray is experienced enough to have her in the mix here.
Race 6 - Pillow Talk Plate (Class 6) 1350m

Stuart Kendrick’s five-year-old Beat Street has shown a real inconsistent form line in his last five starts, however we can forgive that when you consider he has won three of those runs. Resuming from a four month lay-off, he won a class 3 here over the 1050m trip lumping 59kgs. Then he failed at his next start when jumping to class 6 grade. That was a 1200m trip and he appeared in need of that run when second-up. Third start back and on his home track he led from start to finish in BM75 company over the longer 1400m journey and put nearly three lengths on his rivals that day. 
He maps well here jumping from gate seven and should get a perfect sit behind probable leaders Dee Nine Elle and Deitch crossing from out wide. Luke Tarrant takes the reins here and if he can stay in touch with the leaders he will be right in the mix here at good each-way odds.

FLEMINGTON (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 1 - VRC MEMBER RAYMOND ALI HANDICAP (1400m) 12:15pm

CONFLUENCE did it really tough out wide in that strong headwind last fortnight yet he had the tenacity to stick on and challenge all the way to the line. He’s at his peak following three good runs, and you know he’ll run the trip out very strong.
Race 4 - VRC MEMBER WILLIAM O'GRADY HANDICAP - 1700m - 02:00pm

RIYADH just keeps on winning this campaign and his last win was far better than it looked. He was the only horse to defy the race pattern and run on from the back after the leaders controlled the early speed. Not a lot of pace here either, but Riyadh has a fitness advantage over a few of these while a few others have poor records at the track. 
Race 5 - VRC MEMBER MARK YOUNG HANDICAP - 1400m - 02:35pm

O’RACHAEL was due to run in the partially abandoned meeting last fortnight, but I think she looks better suited this Saturday. She put in a real eye-catching run over 1200m when charging home when it was all over, and I was hoping to see her over longer next time, but trainer Chris Waller kept her at 1200m – obviously for fitness reasons. She must have had enough work to warrant the rise in trip now and she can use the full length of the Flemington straight to rocket home.
Race 6 - VRC MEMBER JOAN WATSON HANDICAP - 1400m - 03:15pm

WAYANKA is another of Waller’s horses that missed a run due to the abandoned meeting. However, he went around last week and only confirmed he’s definitely not a miler. He now backs up a week later over 1400m and attracts Damien Oliver – he’s set to win this Saturday and is a dual acceptor with Rosehill being his other option.

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 2. Aquis Park Hcp (Class 4) 1400m
Locally trained by Bryan and Daniel Guy, Biagiotti lines up here three starts back from a five week let-up. Prior to her last start, the five-year-old ran twice at Ipswich over 1350m without success. Both those runs were on wet tracks. At her last start, she failed to run on in a BM60 over 1300m at Ballina with 58kgs.

The Choisir mare comes into this a lot fitter now and carries a great track and distance record. She maps well and should sit back and allow Arena Salon to show the way. She has drawn gate six in the small field which won’t be an issue here. After Sally Sweeney’s claim she comes in at 2kgs under the limit with 52kgs. With the light weight and three runs under her belt she will be right in the mix.

Race 7. Spring Carnival On Sale Hcp (Class 1) 1400m
Northern Meteor gelding Last Armageddon has three career starts under his belt and is yet to miss out on prizemoney with a maiden win on debut and two minor placings in class 1 contests. First-up this preparation he finished a distant second behind Mr Marbellouz but did beat the other nine runners home. He followed that up last start with a fast finishing third at Ballina over 1255m.

He steps up to 1400m here and based on his two runs since resuming, he will relish the extra trip. He should settle mid-field and if he can keep the leaders in his sights, he can round them up in the run home. 

Race 8. Aquis Park Hcp (Class 1) 1400m
A fillies and mares Hcp ends the day with the High Chaparral mare On a High looking well placed enough to take this out. She is four starts into this campaign and hasn’t put a foot wrong with a win and three runner-up prizes. Two starts back, she was second in a 1400m maiden on this track then travelled to Ballina where she went one better and broke through for a win over 1250m.

She takes the next step here to a class 1 and jumping back to the 1400m will suit. The four-year-old mare maps well and looks to get a nice sit behind the pace. She has two runner-up finishes here and Glen Colless jumps aboard after three previous rides without success. They both get their chance to break through on this course.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 1 - MEDALLION HOMES HURDLE (MAIN TRACK) (3200m) 12:31pm

BOLD ZAMOUR was finishing best to claim 3rd place over 3100m last time and will be better suited over the slightly longer trip as he meets last start victory About The Journey 5kg better at the weights. Abebe split that pair last time and again lines up in opposition, but a well-timed run should see Bold Zamour prove too strong. 
Race 3 - ADELAIDE GALVANISING HANDICAP - 1250m - 01:41pm

Sudden Wealth is one of my black bookers and has been racing in great form, but with expected improvement and a big weight turnaround, MAGNUS KNIGHT looks hard to beat. The pair met on July 22 where Sudden Wealth carried half a kilo more and had a distinct fitness advantage and defeated Magnus Knight by two lengths. This time around, Magnus Knight carries 4kg less and should be close to his peak third-up. 
Race 5 - HUGHES LIMOUSINES HANDICAP - 1950m - 02:56pm

The Willybe comes to South Australia with strong form including a 2nd placing behind Yogi three starts back. But I’m keen to stick with ALLEZ TARA who only ran out of fitness late last time behind Alamonteel in a stronger race than this. He won by 10 lengths when fourth-up off the one week back-up last campaign, and we should see a return to that form on Saturday.

NEWCASTLE (Ric Chapman)

Tips to be updated on Friday, 11 August.

ROSEHILL (Ric Chapman)


We are looking at new ground here and potentially a new star. We've not seen a horse debut in a Highway yet, but we have one here in ANOTHER SIN. He's a 3YO. He has had just one trial and he jumped on the bunny and won it with his head on his chest. The second horse home in that trial, came out and won impressively, as did the 3rd horse home in the trial. And Another Sin beat them pointlessly. He might be red hot. LIFESAVER is unbeaten in two starts and the wins have stamped him as very smart too. He'll keep the new boy honest.


I was completely convinced that ETYMOLOGY is a top flight horse after watching his barrier trial run during the week. He's very strong late and has enough pace to be handy. Is Gr 1 placed and I think he is set for a big campaign starting here. WASHINGTON HEIGHTS is suited this grade and trip. He's also in great form while TOM MELBOURNE has been a massive disappointment past 6 starts. But new trainer here and can place.


Tough race but the first 3 home in that mares BM 73 two weeks back should fight this out too. They were SUSPENDERS, FAITH'S ENCORS and SLUMBER PARTY. There was about 1kg between the three of them and about a length between them at the end. Slumber Party meets them both much better at the weights this time and will be in the lead from the get go. Looks tough to run down.

TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett)

Race 2. Toowoomba Mountaineers Hcp (Class 1) 1000m
Mrs Monashee has a great turn of early gate speed and looks the likely leader here. That works out well for Soltinho Lad who will then get the sit behind her and enjoy a nice run to the turn. I am expecting the Nicconi gelding to be at his peak in fitness and be right in the finish here.

He has won just one of his 14 career starts but has racked up seven minor prizes along the way. Resuming from a four month spell, he finished third and second respectively in his first two runs back, both in class 1 company. His last start second at Gatton over 1100m was full of merit as he lead all the way, just beaten home by one better on the day who he also conceded 3.5kgs in weight to as well.

His opposition here is no stronger and he does drop back to the more suitable 1000m trip. Jumping from gate three will see him close to the fence saving ground early. After the claim, he carries just 57kgs and looks right in the mix here.

Race 4. Wimmers Premium Soft Drinks Hcp (Class 1) 1625m
Plenty of early pace here makes it hard to pick a leader with Dress Sense out wide possibly looking to lead. The Ben Currie trained Mustarrid is third-up and should handle the mile if ridden patiently. Resuming from four months in the paddock he showed plenty of zip to break his maiden first-up over 1200m here three weeks ago. He then appeared to suffer ‘second-up syndrome’ and failed to run on two weeks later in a class 1 over 1300m.

Fitter for those two runs, he shapes up well in this small class 1 field and will be running on when it matters most. Drawn well in gate three, he could lead here himself and if he does and sets a genuine pace, he will hard to run down.

Race 6. Moore Trailers Three-Year-old Maiden Hcp (1200m)
Only a small field face the starter here with the experienced Unique Magic standing out as the best on the night. Locally trained by Don Baker, the Denman filly has seven starts under her belt and has managed six minor placings among those. Two starts back she finished second in a two-year-old Hcp over 870m then finished third in a Three-year-old Hcp on the Sunshine Coast over the 1000m trip beaten less than a length.

This looks a little easier and the small field will suit where leading provincial rider Beau Appo can dictate his own terms up front. She has the experience behind her and looks the hardest to beat all night.

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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews August 12 - best chances for Australian horse racing on Saturday

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