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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews March 10 - best chances for Australian horse racing on Saturday

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ASCOT (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 1 - MOURITZ BLITZ PLATE (1100m) 1:23pm

A most impressive barrier trial indicates that FIRST STRIKE might have something to offer here. The two-year-old filly doesn’t know how to jump from the gates yet, so I expect her to be last in the early parts, but she really motored home in the straight to just miss behind Jester Noir who finished 3rd over 1200m when tiring in the final 100m. First Strike rates higher than Jester Noir and as long as she doesn’t give them a massive start in the straight, she can finish over the top of them. 

This looks a two-horse race, and on times, the second favourite, BATTLE HERO, can outgun the favourite, Royal Missile. He’s ready to peak fourth-up, and having run out a strong 1300m last start, the drop back to 1200m looks ideal as he’ll try and lead all the way. 

This race is simply about times, weight, barrier and fitness. And ATACAMA SKY ticks every box and should be winning from barrier 1. He comes into this race third-up and ready to peak, has run superior time at the track and trip, improved from his first-up run to his second, and is likely to lead or sit right behind the speed if something wants to take him on. With 2kg less than last time, I can’t see anything outgunning him over the short course. 

DOOMBEN (Steve Bennett)

Race 3 - Paddyfest 2018 Plate (Class 6) 1600m

The lightly-raced Savwell looks ideally placed here to make it four on the trot. This very talented Savabeel gelding has impressed from day one and after winning his maiden by six lengths on a heavy Gold Coast track, showed just how much potential he possesses. Just two starts last campaign both led to victories. A class 1 over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast then a very impressive win in class 2 company at Doomben over the mile where he drew the outside gate (11) and carried 59kgs to victory. He enjoyed a five-week freshen-up before his last start where he jumped from class 2 to class 5 company. Again drawing wide (10) he made it look easy, winning by two lengths over the shorter 1350m trip. He goes up another grade here meeting class 6 company but his recent efforts suggest this will be no hurdle for him. Ron Stewart remains aboard and he looks the pick of the crop here.
Race 7 - Events at BRC Hcp (BM75) 1050m 

A big field faces the starter for this sprint and a wide draw is not ideal here. Yarrapower comes into this well drawn and as a track and distance winner. A solid win in class 3 company at the Sunshine Coast was followed by a close-up second behind Malvern Estate. He then over raced in the MM Country Cup when trying to lead all the way after jumping from the car park in gate 16. Going off his last start win over this trip puts him right in the mix. He has won two from three on heavy tracks so the conditions will suit him. Leading rider Jeff Lloyd remains aboard after leading him to victory last start. He jumps from gate five here and gets the chance to settle early without having to do too much from barrier rise. 
Winning form is good form and Yarrapower has what it takes to make back-to-back victories here.
Race 8 - Blokes Day Out Raceday Hcp (1mw) 1200m

Backmarkers need to be wary of giving away too much start on the wet track here. Although drawn wide, Sunny Victory and Criquette both have good early gate speed and are expected to cross and lead this field. Since resuming from a five month break, Criquette has had just the three starts but has shown potential from his runs. Second-up, he won a class 3 at the Gold Coast over 1200m and covered the trip in 1.08.8 which is smart time in that grade. Last start saw him contend with a wet track and BM80 opposition where he finished a creditable second behind the smart Publishing Power. On that performance he more than measures up here and looks the one to beat.

FLEMINGTON (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 2 - CLUB STAND HANDICAP (1800m) 12:50pm

KINGS WILL DREAM is unbeaten in three Australian starts and still has upside following his last start win over 1600m. He came out three wide very early and did it tough without cover on the home turn, but he still found plenty and scored comfortably. He’s drawn to lead or sit outside the leader, and with natural improvement, I can’t see them beating him here. 
Race 5 - TAB KEWNEY STAKES (1400m) 2:40pm

I can’t wait to see what SEANNIE can do down the Flemington straight. The Sebring filly has absolutely rocketed home in her past two starts at Moonee Valley and this race has always been on the radar. With two runs under her belt now, she’s ready to step up to 1400m, and with the long Flemington straight to work with, look for her charging home over the top of them. 
Race 6 - LEXUS NEWMARKET HANDICAP (1200m) 3:15pm   

Race 7 - SCHWEPPERVESCENCE TROPHY (1600m) 4:00pm

SPANISH REEF has returned in fantastic condition and her first-up run was outstanding. She carried 57kg, sat three wide without cover for the trip but never looked in doubt as she scored by 1.75 lengths. She has two wins and a 2nd from three starts at the track and trip, and with a softer run likely this time, I can’t see them getting past her. 
Race 8 - TAB AUSTRALIAN CUP (2000m) 4:35pm

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 4 - Ecolab Hcp (BM65) 2200m

Many of these are facing the 2200m for the first time and it can be a long way in the wet. Star Echo has his first look at it last start and finished last in the small four horse field at the Sunshine Coast, but was only just over two lengths from the winner. Just prior to that the four-year-old finished strongly to grab second prize behind Silom Road here over 1800m. That was on a heavy track and he was beaten just a neck. Three starts back from a five month spell now and should be just about at his peak. He has solid wet form and will be much fitter for this 2200m affair. Micheal Hellyer has been on is back for every run this preparation and remains aboard here. He will get back early but be finishing strongly again.

Race 6 - Tork Hcp (Class 1) 1200m

Barriers will play a vital role here with the big field over the 1200m. The locally trained Citrain has drawn a little worse than the middle in barrier eight but will get the opportunity to take a trail early. Two starts back the Manhattan Rain filly won her maiden here in heavy going over the 1200m trip. She then took on class 1 company but found the 1000m trip too short when finishing fourth, doing her best work late and on a good track. She jumps back to the 1200m trip here with a heavy track again forecast. She comes in well at the weights which will play a big part in the latter half of the race. Brooke Ainsworth remains in the saddle after being aboard at her last two runs. Could be a surprise packet at odds here.

Race 8 - Good Luck Big Dog Plate (Class 3) 1800m

We finish the day with another test of stamina in the wet. With a limit of 55.5kgs, weights are of little importance here. The Dream Ahead gelding Future Event comes under notice here with three solid runs after spending four months in the paddock. After an unplaced first-up effort over 1350m, he got it together second-up winning a BM65 by two lengths over 1400m on a heavy Gold Coast track. Last start he was back on top of the ground and up in class when finishing just behind the placegetters at Ipswich. He drops back in grade here and has shown a preference for wet tracks of late. He gets that here. Luke Dittman rode him to that wet track victory and gets the chance here to do it again. He is drawn wide but there is very little early pace in the race which will give him the opportunity to cross and be sitting somewhere better than midfield. A clear passage in the run home and he will prove hard to hold out.

HAWKESBURY (Ric Chapman)


At Canterbury last start LADY CHALFONT opened at huge odds then a few big each way bets were written against her name, as she firmed right up. She was 2nd up and it was a BM 70. And the run was good. She ran 4th but was making ground late. Trip perfect here, is 3rd up and where there is smoke there is fire.

I love love backing locally trained horses and the in form BASE CAMP fits that bill here. He reserves his best for this track too and he has drawn to be just behind pace. Looks a safe each way bet.

What we have seen thus far in both Country and Provincial Champs heats thus far this year - the best horse seems to always win. So who is best here? I think the top weight UPTOWN LAD is. He stormed through the grades winning 3 on the bounce toward the end of last campaign. Drawn badly but trialed nicely and expect him to go back early then swamp these.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 1 - HUGHES LIMOUSINES HANDICAP (1550m) 12:31pm

SKILLFUL STEPS was ultra-impressive when stepping up to 1600m for the first time as he handed the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained Belfast a 3.5-length hiding. Trainer Richard Jolly has freshened him up with a 35-day break and dropped him back to 1550m which looks ideal. Goes up in weight also but still has upside and should be winning here. 


MAJESTIC MOMENT was unlucky finishing 2nd to stablemate Casiraghi who he meets 2kg better at the weights here. He then stepped up to 2600m in the Lord Reims and I’m not sure he ran it right out. Drop back in trip with the quick back-up should see him prove hard to beat with just Clare Lindop aboard. 


One at big each-way odds that may be able to get the job done for us providing he has some luck from the wide gate. Darren Magro’s BOHEMIAN FOREST is a three-year-old daughter of Helmet who really caught the eye when working home stylishly at Gawler over 1100m on debut. The step up to 1300m is a clear plus, as is the 3kg less the filly will have to carry. She’s a dual-acceptor for Claire on Sunday, so if she heads to town, you know she’s trained on and is in with a big chance.

RANDWICK (Ric Chapman)

Race 2 - 1:10PM FIREBALL STAKES 1100m

HOUTZEN is the class and the one I'm on. She is just too fast for these. Won a recent barrier trial beating Happy Clapper and looked her awesome self in it.

Terrific field, in many ways better than the Gr 1 Newmarket because we see the best sprinter in the world. He being REDZEL of course, and he looks way too good for this crack field. Home track, favourite distance, 2nd up.....please.

I like HAPPY CLAPPER here. He goes really well first up and has always been able to sprint with the top ones. He is at home here, which I love, and he trialed very impressively. Plenty of pace on here early too will help.


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