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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews January 13 - best chances for Australian horse racing on Saturday

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

Read our complete guide to the best bets for January 13, racing at Ascot, Flemington, Gawler, Gold Coast, Kembla Grange, Randwick and Toowoomba.

ASCOT (Jackson Oldham)

Race 3 - Iron Jack Plate 1200m (5:15pm) 

It’s a rematch from the 3YO plate on New Year’s Day between winner Cognac and runner-up STREET FURY. I believe Street Fury gets things in its favour here and can turn the tables. The three-year-old Street Boss Filly has only missed a place once in her seven-start career, that was a fourth two starts ago behind Arrum Boy and Rubia Miss. Street Fury got the box seat run behind Cognac last start but was just held up at a crucial stage of the race and by the time he got out, couldn’t reel in the winner Cognac. He maps to get the same run here and W.Pike on board is a big plus. Supreme Force is a Not A Single Doubt first starter and has shown talent at the trials and should get the favours from gate four. The race experience that Street Fury has should hold her in good stead for this race. 
Race 6 - Amelia Park Handicap 1000m (7:10pm) 

The betting for this race is dominated by Mantime ($3.30) and Belter ($4.80). The only other horse under double figures is Bounce Down for William Pike. Mantime was just nosed out in the same grade race here at Ascot three weeks ago after looking the winner at the 100m. I have queries about him here. He is a speedy type and can lead at a solid tempo over 1100m-1200m, however with a big field over the 1000m trip, he won’t get things his own way. My other concern is he dropped from 1200m to 1100m last start and now drops to 1000m here. The horse that I like is BELTER. He is first-up for 24 weeks and has had one win and one placing from two first-up runs. His trial at Lark Hill two weeks ago was very good and indicated to me that he is ready to go first-up. He maps well from gate five and should find a position slightly better than midfield. He’ll be giving Mantime a start but with the odds differential, I’m happy to be with Belter. 

FLEMINGTON (Adam Cusworth)

Race 2 - 1:08PM Piping Lane Handicap (2000 METRES)

Race 2 sees a small field of dour gallopers battle it out over the 2000m and Pretty Punk is the fresh horse on the scene. The South Australian galloper jumped up in distance two starts ago and finished 2nd behind I'm A Princess at Morphettville over 1950m in a race where the winner stole a winning break. Pretty Punk was by far the best of the back markers in that race and there was a big gap to 3rd. The daughter of Rebel Raider followed up that performance with an easy win at the same track over the 2000m and takes on a bunch that fought it out at Flemington on New Year's Day. The leading hope is usually very strong at the end of the 2000m and should be suited at Flemington. Her only other start at the venue was a handy 5th in the 2016 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) as a three-year-old. In what may turn out to be a tactical race, given the small field, she should benefit with Craig Williams on board and together the pair should be hard to hold out. 
Race 7 - 4:08PM Chester Manifold Stakes (1400 METRES)

Dollar For Dollar comes into this on the back of a freshen up after winning four on the trot in the latter stages of the spring, including a BenchMark 90 over this distance at Flemington as well as the Sandown Stakes (1500m) on November 18. The Tony McEvoy galloper looks to be very well credentialed. He has won seven from 12 career starts and his only sub-par performances have either occurred on Heavy ground or over longer distances. He comes off a similar break in terms of length as what he did in the spring when winning four from four and has drawn to get a beautiful run from the barrier. The son of High Chaparral looks to be very hard to beat. 
Race 9 - 5:33PM Tauto Handicap (1400 METRES)

The final event of the day is for the fillies and mares and SOHO RUBY can make it back to back wins after taking out a slightly weaker affair at the venue at her previous start. The Levi Kavanagh-trained galloper was put away after an unlucky performance in the Rivette Series Final (1600m) here in the winter and warmed up with a couple of near misses at Ballarat and Pakenham before her win here on New Years Day. On that occasion, she carried 60kg and had to travel wide from the barrier but was still too good in the closing stages, careering away to a one length win. She drops 3.5kg from that and is generally very good at this stage of her preparation. Expect a big run from her. 

GAWLER (Jackson Oldham)

Race 1 - Coopers Handicap 1208m (2:02pm)

A small field of five to start the day at Gawler. All five horses are in the market, with the outsider being the Darren Weir-trained Rock For The Ladies at $6.00. It’s hard to go past the top weight and favourite GO THE JOURNEY here. The five-year-old Gelding ran a very competitive second last start in the Listed Christmas Handicap at Morphettville on Boxing Day. He beat all but Casino Wizard who had the perfect run in transit. Steel Frost who has won Metro races in Melbourne finished third in that race. Go The Journey should drive through and find the lead ahead of Main danger Counter Pulse who looks the only other speed in the race. This is much easier than what he faced last start and he should be going very close here. 
Race 4 - Terrace Function Centre Handicap 1712m (3:52pm)  

Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas combine with Clare Lindop as ACE ATTACK looks to break through for the first time this preparation. The four-year-old Gelding is by Victoria Derby winner Rebel Raider, a horse that is very dear to the hearts of both Macdonald and Lindop. Ace Attack has placed at all three runs this preparation and looked the winner before getting swamped by Sagaab late. He maps to win here from Gate three. Lindop should position him in the box seat and he looks extremely well placed here.
Race 7 - Barossa Valley Schild Estate Wines Handicap 1508m (5:50pm) 

Richard Laming will be on the Gold Coast watching his stable star Payroll contest the Magic Millions, but he also has FOLK TALES contesting this Benchmark 82 race at Gawler. Laming has a good record when he brings horses to Adelaide and I expect this to be no exception. His first-up run at Mornington was good enough over the unsuitable 1200m. He battled on into seventh behind Epic Moment. A couple of key factors makes him well placed here. He drops from 62kg to 57.5kg and gets the 3kg claim from Chris Caserta. He maps perfectly from gate two. Caserta can place the horse where he pleases, box seating or two pairs back. $6.00 looks great each-way value. 

GOLD COAST (Adam Cusworth)


I'm looking for a bit of value early on and the Chris Waller-trained BLACK ON GOLD ticks a lot of boxes at the $11 quote. The four-year-old claimed the November Topaz Preview (1800m) at Rosehill four starts ago before just missing out behind Interlocuter in the November Topaz (1900m) and has since had two starts, failing on Soft ground in the ATC Cup (2000m) before getting too gar back in the Summer Cup (2000m), finishing 8th to Montauk, beaten three lengths. The consistent galloper sits third in the market behind Payroll and Sedanzer and while that duo will be hard to beat, this guy may just have the fitness to roll them over the 2200m. The son of Sebring has won six from 14 on firm tracks and is likely to get conditions to suit here. With the 54kg and from barrier 7, he should go very close. 

Pretty keen on Global Glamour in the $1 million Fillies & Mares (1300m). The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Both-trained mare will have to do it with the 60.5kg on her back but she is the class runner and does look to have an edge on her rivals, particularly given the fact that she comes into this fresh. The two-time Group 1 winner has raced in elite company throughout her career and has won two from four first up, including the recent Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. The daughter of Star Witness comes from the right stable and will be absolutely primed for this. She looks to be one of the best of the day. 




Another classy galloper that is hard to go past bobs up in the last of the day in the form of Viddora. The much-travelled South Australian comes off a six-week break since taking out the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Perth and she looks to be a much superior galloper to the one that missed out at this meeting last year in the Magic Millions Sprint (1000m) behind Target In Sight. After finishing runner-up in the Goodwood (1200m) in May, she was unlucky in both the Moir Stakes (1000m) and the Manikato Stakes (1200m) in the spring before her breakthrough in Perth. The Lloyd Kennewell mare is drawn to get a perfect run from the barrier and barring any bad luck in running, she should account for these.

KEMBLA GRANGE (Ross Aylward)


CHILCOTIN may get the nod for best placed horse anywhere in the country on Saturday. Is 3rd up in this after two terrific runs this campaign. Drawn gate 3 so will be in box seat all way and just looks too good.

Mark Newnham holds the key here with APACHE JUNCTION. He should assume the lead from the get go and will take some catching this time. Up on pace when resuming last start and folded like a deck of cards in the wind. Fitter now. Slower tempo early so rates highly.


If you have pace, then drawing wide isn't a big worry. Sometimes can be a help. So AEECEE TIANHU looms large here for Paul King. He's resuming but showed good speed on debut to lead and then run close 4th in what has turned out to be a strong maiden. Two trials have him ready to ping and lead and kick off home bend in this.

RANDWICK (Ross Aylward)


BRATISLAVA is the go here. He has come back in career best form and should be two from two this time up. Travels well off pace and can, now he is 3rd up, should dash home too well.
Race 6 - 3:55PM MAROUBRA MILE (1600 METRES)

MORTON'S FORK is a stablemate of Bratislava so Godolphin should have a great day. When 2nd up last start he came from a mile back in very, very similar race and just missed. He looks back in best form, is fitter now, and should rocket home.

The Kris Lees galloper SUGAR BELLA looks like a machine. She has been charging through the grades and looked awesome last start. Everything about this race should suit. Looks a great bet.

TOOWOOMBA (Jackson Oldham)

Race 1 - Rangeville A1 Women Class 2 Handicap 1210m (6:10pm)

This is a good race to kick off proceedings at Toowoomba. The Matt Kropp-trained SMASHED IT settled too far back last start at Warwick and was never in the race. The four-year-old Gelding gets back to Toowoomba where he has never missed a place from four starts. His last start at Toowoomba was a second to Publishing Power who since rose in grade and won a Class 3 race at Toowoomba. Smashed It is third-up now and should be nearing peak fitness. His last start over the track and distance was an easy 2.5 length victory over I Am The Warrior. Gate One looks perfect as he can settle closer than last start. This race looks ideal for him.
Race 2 - Audi Centre Toowoomba Class 1 Handicap 1000m (6:45pm) 

THE CAPTAIN’S LADY was backed from $1.95 into $1.65 three weeks ago when first-up and looked all over a winner as she kicked into the straight well clear. She was first-up for 31 weeks and her condition just gave out over the final 100m and she tired to finish a length away from the winner in third. That was over the same Track, Distance and Class. She does rise 2.5kg from that effort but gets the 1.5kg claim from Baylee Nothdurft. She should be much fitter second-up here and looks close to a moral. 

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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews January 13 - best chances for Australian horse racing on Saturday

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