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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews December 2 - 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 December 2, racing at Ascot, Doomben, Gold Coast, Kembla Grange, Morphettville, Rosehill, Sandown, and Toowoomba.

Ascot Tips (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 2 - TOURISM WA TROPHY (1400m) 1:44pm

Taking on the in-form La Mouline who has won her past four and is undefeated in four starts at the track. She ran a personal best last start when winning in a time of 1:24.170 with 54kg on her back and now carries 2kg extra. In comparison, ROYAL STAR finished two lengths from Pounamu in a time of 1:22.900 when carrying 54kg but now has to carry 59.5kg. I don’t think 3.5kgs equates to five lengths over 1400m and Royal Star still has upside considering she was only second-up when she posted that effort. Gets blinkers for the first time and has the ‘Wizard’ William Pike on board. 

Pike can bring up an early double aboard THE RIVER who resumed with  a strong win over Rhi’s Rocket and Remember Berlin who was a tragedy beaten last Saturday. He goes up 2kg in the same grade and has subsequently won a trial to keep him up to the mark.
Race 5 - STERLING-CRYSTAL SLIPPER STAKES - 1100m - 03:35pm

FAIRTRUSIVE was snagged back to the rear and started to overrace on debut but still proved too good as he finished best to score by a widening length over this trip. He’ll come on from that, has drawn ideally in barrier 4 and also has the services of Pike.

Doomben Tips (Steve Bennett)

Race 4 - SEQ Ice Cream Hcp (BM85) 1200m

With a heavy track likely for Doomben, this strengthens the chances of Courtza King to take this out. He hasn’t put a foot wrong since returning from a lengthy seven month spell. Resuming, he comfortably won a BM75 over 1200m at the Sunshine Coast. Carrying 58.5kgs, he put nearly two lengths on his rivals. Then last start, he finished third beaten less than half a length behind Fiery Heights in a class 6 over 1200m at Doomben. He has drawn wide here but he will get back and look to finish late. Jim Byrne has ridden him on both occasions this preparation and remains aboard for this event. The Northern Meteor gelding comes in nicely at the weights with just 56kgs to carry and is one from one on heavy tracks.
Race 5 - Bobby Clarke Mode Plate 1200m

Second-up here, Dream Kisses looks well placed under the set weights conditions and should give a bold sight among these. The Dream Ahead filly showed her potential last campaign with a solid win here on a wet track under set weights over 1200m. She ended that campaign with an unlucky second in Townsville behind Paradis Imperial in the two-year-old Classic. Two barrier trials since then had her finishing second and third under a hold when ridden by Brad Stewart. Then resuming, she did well under the conditions when finishing second behind Cooroi Chase here two weeks ago carrying 59kgs on a heavy track. Facing another heavy track here, she will strip much fitter second-up and has placed twice on heavy tracks. She returns to the 1200m journey where she is a track and distance winner. She drops 2.5kgs here and has a major gear change with trainer Steven O’Dea fitting a tongue tie for the first time. She will give a bold sight.
Race 8 - SUA George Moore Stakes 1200m

The feature race on the program sees plenty of talent lining up and among them the team Snowden trained Calanda who will be third-up from a spell and ready to win. Fresh from a Melbourne Spring Carnival campaign, the Sydney based gelding gave a good account of himself in open company down the straight track at Flemington last start. Finishing fourth overall to Ocean Embers, he beat all the inside brigade home. The placegetters in that event all came via the grandstand side. He will find this a lot easier and should be well placed with cover from gate four. He’ll lose nothing from Damien Browne jumping aboard for his first ride on the Snitzel four-year-old and looks a strong chance among this line up.

Gold Coast Tips (Steve Bennett)

Race 3 - Striker Fabrications QTIS Hcp (Class 2) 1400m

Some smart three-year-olds line up here with the Mel Eggleston trained Masondale looking real threat to his opposition. Just two starts into his racing career he showed plenty of promise on debut finishing second over 1100m at the Gold Coast. Second-up he went one better on the same track. In wet conditions he won the 1200m maiden by more than two lengths leading all the way and going strong at the line. Stepping up to 1400m here will be right up his alley based on how his finished off last start. Luke Rolls remains aboard after riding him on both previous rides. He has drawn wide but in the small field with his early gate speed it shouldn’t disadvantage him. Despite the rise in class, he looks the one to beat again.
Race 7 - Don Alroe & Sons Plate (Class 3) 1400m

Consistency accounts for a lot on a racetrack and Spiral showed plenty of that in his last campaign. The Lonhro gelding was unplaced just once in his six starts where he looked all at sea on the big Randwick track. His start prior to that saw him in the winner’s circle after he beat home a class 3 field over the mile on a heavy Doomben track. Third-up into this preparation he came from near last on the turn to take home third prize at Ipswich over 1350m. He has placed four times at the trip and boasts a very good wet track record as well. He looks to box seat from the speedmap and will enjoy a cushy run sitting just behind the speed. Matty McGuren jumps aboard for the first time and fourth-up here he will be right in the mix.

Race 8 - Kate Hawkins 50th Hcp (Class 2) 1200m

The lightly raced Diamonds Are steps up in class here but has done enough to suggest that he can match it with this class. After five unsuccessful attempts to break maiden status, the Foxwedge gelding was transferred from Gai Waterhouse to the Michael Costa stables on the Gold Coast. After spending six months adjusting to his new surroundings he was barrier trialled twice, winning both, before returning to the track. First-up, he jumped straight to class 1 company and took care of his opposition there winning the 1100m event by two lengths. Second-up here and McGuren remains aboard from his last start victory on the four-year-old. He has drawn wide so he will need some luck to cross and look for cover early. His two major threats (Killerman’s Run and Go The Gantry) should be ahead of him on settling but with the fresher legs and extra distance he will have time to reel them in during the run home. His very first start saw him finish a half-head second behind Russian Revolution which painted a pretty picture on the possible bright future he may have. Take him on trust and potential here.

Kembla Grange Tips (Ross Aylward)


I like ATTAINMENT here. He's a solid, consistent galloper. After running 3rd in town he ran a good 4th at Highway level 2nd up. Then somehow got out to $6.50 at Gundagai in BM 60 - and as expected, strolled in. Same BM here and looks very well placed again.

You just know this Gai Waterhouse-Adrian Bott youngster DELUXE ROCKER is going to charge early and lead. He'll have to do a bit of work drawn so wide but the draw is the exact reason they will lead. And in this, plus the fact Tulloch Lodge maidens tend to keep rolling, he should scoot clear and win. Two trials this time up have been good.

Strong maiden but this ROYAL PATRIOT fascinates me. He's from a big betting stable yet on debut at Canberra, he was $31 and near last until straightening before unleashing late to grab an eye-catching 3rd. This is harder but he's drawn a gate this time, race is 100m further and with more experience I think there could be money for him, and a win is likely.

Morphettville Tips (Aaron Hamilton)


Sticking with MADE IN RUSSIA who has had excuses in two starts and finds a winnable race here. The son of Street Cry overraced behind a slow tempo and couldn’t make up ground on the in-form Lady Of Crebilly when finishing 2nd on debut. He then stepped up to 1400m and copped a heavy bump as they jumped before heading up to sit outside the leader where he was run down late. Drop back to 1300m third-up should see him perform to his best, and with Jamie Kah in the saddle, he’ll get every chance from barrier 2 with the blinkers off. 
Race 5 - THE BLACK DODDY HANDICAP (1950m) 3:41pm

GET THE PICTURE looms as a big threat fifth-up from a spell as he drops 5kg on his last run at Moonee Valley. Two starts back he peaked late over 2040m and then got too far back and was hitting the line strongly over the same trip. Bigger track suits and he’ll be getting home hard. 

EMBECEE LIL was scratched last Saturday and now tackles what looks a slightly weaker event. She was being tested at 1400m for the first time last start when she just peaked late and I’d expect her to come on from that. 

Rosehill Tips (Ross Aylward)


Very interesting race. I'm going to play the weights card here. CHALK right down the bottom, and the recipient of a further 1.5kg weight relief, ran a close up 7th on Cup day in the Grey's race. That was around a BM 90 class race. Now, prior to this, Chalk beat main rivals here in King Darci and Redouble - yet meets them better at the weights. Big show.

Cracking $125,000 sprint race. Dothraki is best horse but over past 15 months he's proven to be a non-winner. So I'm going for the rising star, GLENALL. He's a last start winner, he's drawn the gun gate, with the gun hoop on board and if he wins this, he's the real deal who should progress to the very top grade. Terrific race with so many lightly weighted hopes.

Again going back to the Grey's race at Flemington for a winner here. I loved how POWERLINE attacked the line that day. He ran 3rd and looked the winner with 200m to go. Fitter now and this should suit perfectly. Gets handy weight relief and drawn perfectly.

Sandown Tips (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 1 - CAMERON THURLEY'S BUCKS DAY PLATE (1000m) 12:55pm

Tony McEvoy’s juveniles are flying and I blackbooked both of his in this race from the Cranbourne trials on Monday. However, while Logan River won in slightly quicker time, he led all the way along the rail, while SANCTIMONIOUS did it tough out four and five wide without cover and really hit the lines strongly. Andrew Mallyon keeps the ride on Sanctimonious and has notched up four wins from seven rides for McEvoy this season, while Jye McNeil gets the ride on Logan River and is yet to break through for McEvoy in five attempts. The long straight should suit Sanctimonious who will be charging home down the outside. 
Race 2 - CHANDLER MACLEOD HANDICAP (1300m) 1:30pm

Another one from the Cranbourne barrier trials that really impressed, and the fact Craig Williams has sought the ride from Frankie Stockdale suggests he was equally impressed with the trial of BIG MOON. This strapping Fastnet Rock colt settled last in the trial and rounded them up really quickly as he went on to score an impressive heat win. The extra trip will suit and I’m expecting him to work home strongly. 
Race 8 - LADBROKES HANDICAP (1800m) 5:20pm

NIGHT’S WATCH got too far back last start in the Country Cup (1600m) at Flemington and had to sustain a long run to get near stablemate and eventual winner Another Coldie who has franked the form with another win. He comes off a three-week break, and for Darren Weir to step him up in trip he must have had plenty of work poured into him. He’ll have to go back again from the wide gate but should be finishing best. 

Toowoomba Tips (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - Higgins Painting Hcp (BM60) 1625m

Maybe it will be a case of seventh time lucky for Thumbs Up here as she tries yet again to break through for her first win on the Toowoomba track. She has managed three minor prizes from her first six attempts at victory here. Resuming from a five month lay-off, she came from last to beat her class 1 rivals at the Sunshine Coast over the 1000m sprint. Her next three runs were all in class 3 company and she finished just behind the money on each occasion. Four starts into this campaign she is ready to put in her best here. From gate three she will be sitting right behind the early pace and have first crack at them turning for home. The Exceedingly Good mare will carry just 56kgs after Baylee Nothdurft’s claim which puts her right in this at the weights. Big chance here.
Race 2 - Keohe Myers Consulting Hcp (Class 1) 1200m

Several chances line up here but the barrier draw could prove fatal for some. The locally trained Rapdays is having just her third race start and has already shown plenty of potential. Resuming from a six-month spell she finished third in a Dalby maiden over 1200m. Then second-up she was much fitter and gave her rivals no chance as she put nearly four lengths on them when winning her maiden here over 1300m on a soft track. The Captain Sonador filly has drawn gate seven but should manage a sit around mid-field or better and with Hannah English claiming 2kgs it brings her down to carry just 55.5kgs, just half a kilo more than she carried to that big last start victory. She has a decent pull in the weights on her main rivals here and can figure in the finish after an easy run back in the field with the speedmap showing her having plenty of cover in running. Look for a big finish from the filly.

Race 4 - Malouf Pharmacies Wyalla Hcp (Class 3) 1300m

The locally trained Silver Screen can continue with her good form here despite rising in class. Kevin Kemp has this mare firing at the moment and her latest form suggests she is right in the mix here. Two starts back she took care of a class 1field here over 1300m. Last start she had to lump 60.5kgs in a 1400m trip at Chinchilla. After missing the jump she was near last on the turn but still rattled home to finish second (beaten a short head) behind Nautical Lad, conceding 3.5kgs to the winner. This is a little harder but she will certainly appreciate the drop of 6.5kgs from her last start. The talented Nozi Tomizawa returns to the saddle where he was when the mare last won. She has drawn well in gate three and should enjoy a perfect sit behind pacesetter Te Rangi from there. The drop in weight will be telling in the run home. She is great each-way here.

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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews December 2 - best chances for Australian horse racing on Saturday

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