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Saturday Racing Tips and Previews June 9 - 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

Looking for Saturday racing tips? We provide a complete guide to the best bets for the weekend's racing - and you can read who are tipsters are backing below.

BELMONT (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 5 - 2:55PM LAVAZZA PLATE (1400 METRES)
There was nothing between Arcadia Prince and PADDY’S SHADOW last start, and in the end, it was fitness that just gave out for the latter being first-up while Arcadia Prince had a run under the belt. Paddy’s Shadow took good second-up improvement last campaign scoring by 2.75 lengths over 1400m. and with a 1.5kg weight turnaround on Arcadia Prince, the filly can turn the tables. Fred Kersley’s filly, Necklet, looks hardest to beat, but I’m worried she may be forced to work to hold a position from barrier 1, and with some good speed in the race, I can see the swoopers having the advantage. 

PROFIT STREET hasn’t missed the placing in eight starts at Belmont and he always goes well fresh. William Pike rode him first-up last campaign and was collared late by the smart mare Dainty Tess. Pike let him fall out the back in a recent barrier trial at this track and trip, and he impressed working home strongly to grab 2nd without being fully extended. From barrier 3 he’s get every chance to score with the ‘Wizard’ in the saddle. 

DOOMBEN (Steve Bennett and Aaron Hamilton)

Drowned with bad barriers of late, SONY LEGEND has finished just behind the big money at his last four starts and deserves a break. Two starts back he came from last on the turn to be a fast finishing third behind Miss Iano while carrying 60kgs over the 1200m trip. Last start it was a case of déjà vu as he drew wide and dropped back to find a sit and cover. Storming home from the rear again, he finished fourth less than two lengths from Tyzone. He has drawn wide again here but welcomes back Larry Cassidy who has ridden him to victory twice previously. A two-time winner at the track and trip, watch for an improved run at double-figure odds.

She loves to jump and run and four starts into this campaign, SHEISWHATSHEIS will be primed to lead this lot a merry dance. Two starts back she hung on to beat home Aqua Vite over 1600m here in the Member’s Hcp, leading all the way. Then last start she tried to take out the Lord Mayor’s Cup in similar fashion only to be beaten to the line by Ducas Valentinios. She spent the first half of the race pulling Lloyd out of the saddle and then finished off the race turning her head to see who was passing her. If she can settle earlier here, and stay focussed on what’s in front of her, she will prove mighty hard to run down in this. 

Plenty of depth here will fight out the $350,000 Group 2 Guineas with MISHANI BULLITT looking for a change of luck. Trainer Chris Anderson had originally planned a start in the Stradbroke for his Show A Heart colt however with Eagle Farm still under repair he opted for the longer trip here. The three-year-old has come back in top form and has met with bad luck at his last two starts. Third-up from a spell, he spotted Perast six lengths before the turn and took four lengths off him in finishing third over 1350m which appeared to be too short for him. He followed that up by finishing third behind Perast again, only this time his chances were taken from him when he nearly fell at the 600m mark. He lost at least a length and plenty of momentum that day but still managed to hit the line hard. The 1600m here looks ideal for him and although drawn wide, there is little early pace inside him which gives jockey Jeff Lloyd an opportunity to cross and look for a sit with cover. He’s been set for this and will at his peak after four starts into this preparation. Long odds with the bagmen but expect a forward showing here.




FLEMINGTON (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 2 - 12:15PM Trevor Clarke Handicap (2500 METRES)
Fitness is key with the Darren Weir-trained FALAGO and he’s rock-hard-fit now and is ready to show his best. He won the Yarra Valley Cup (1950m) at his seventh run two campaigns back, and then won at Flemington over 2500m when sixth-up last preparation. He was poor in his first three runs back this time, but two hurdle trials saw an improvement next time. He then had another two hurdle trials before finishing 3rd behind Lycurgus and Opposition last start over 2400m at Sandown. He meets Lycurgus 2kg better at the weights here and looks set to peak sixth-up from a spell.  

Race 5 - 2:05PM Ken Cox Handicap (1000 METRES)
I think ABILITY has been tuned up nicely for this and he may just blow them away. New trainer Henry Dwyer said he had come back a very gross horse and needed a few good hit-outs to drop some weight. He’s had three barrier trials in preparation for this, and it was his most recent that really impressed. He settled in last place and jockey Craig Williams got him to the outside where he charged home into 2nd. But Williams said he didn’t seem comfortable in the Soft going despite rattling home. He gets a dry track at Flemington where he won two from two down the straight last campaign, and with further improvement since the trial, he’ll be hard to hold out. 

GOLD COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 11:32AM ULTIQA LIFESTYLE Class 3 Plate (900 METRES)
Les Kelly’s three-year-old gelding CALLIGRAPHER has collected minor prizemoney in his two starts back from a freshen-up and is ready to go one better. He finished third behind Girls Got Spirit here in BM65 company then a week later, backed up in a class 4 and chased home the heavily backed Si Si Sequalo but fell just over a length short finishing second in the process. He drops in grade here and after the claim by Clayton Gallagher will carry 4kgs less than last start. Drawn nicely in gate five he should secure a forward position and is weighted to give this a real shake.

Race 6 - 2:37PM QUATTRO RISK SERVICES QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1400 METRES)
The wet conditions won’t deter the chances of TOKORIKI LAD here as he pushes for a hat-trick. Two starts back he put in a big effort to win a class 1 at Ipswich. On a Soft ‘6’ that day, he travelled mid-field, skirted wide on the turn and finished too good for them. Then last start, here on a good track, he drew wide and sat back at the tail until the turn, then was the widest runner but still ran them down to win with 58.5kgs and Alannah Fancourt in the saddle. Fancourt remains in the saddle here and he drops a kilo for this journey. Drawn much better in gate two, he will enjoy the ground saving run from that barrier and prove hard to hold out again.

Race 8 - 3:57PM ACCORHOTELS BenchMark 75 Handicap (1300 METRES)
Third-up here and shaping for a victory is the locally-trained BAREFOOT TYCOON who should benefit from a drop in weight as well. The Written Tycoon gelding has impressed with his two starts back this time in. First-up at Ipswich, he was impressive in finishing second in class 3 company on a rain affected track. Drawing the outside gate (11), he carted 59.5kgs to finish three lengths behind Super Suave that day over 1200m. He followed that up finishing third on this track over the longer 1400m trip carrying the same weight in similar company. That run was also full of merit as again he drew the outside gate. He draws better here in gate six and carries just 55.5kgs after Jackson Murphy’s claim. Two starts back and will be fitter, he looks right in the mix here.

MORPHETTVILLE (Aaron Hamilton)

Race 3 - 1:12PM UBET BM70 Handicap (1300 METRES)
Diamond Tycoon is a deserving favourite and will prove hard to beat but I’m going with FULTON STREET at big odds. He finally broke through in a Mildura maiden last start, and despite being caught three wide without cover for the trip, he was too good for them and was actually pulling away again in the final 50m. He did finish 2nd to Vinland early in his career, and the McEvoy stable would surely rate Vinland above Diamond Tycoon. I just think this horse is looking for longer and gets his chance to score with 5kg less on his back. Kayla Crowther has a good feel for him now and will give him every chance. 

Race 7 - 3:52PM Adelaide Galvanising Handicap (1000 METRES)
Here’s one at very big odds that may have snuck under the radar because he has failed to place in six starts this season – but don’t let that deter you. The John Cornell-trained WAR THUNDERlooks set to run a cheeky race and has a few things in his favour that suggest he is way over the odds. Invisible Girl is a $7.50 chance in this race and has beaten War Thunder by around 2.5 lengths at their last two meetings. But War Thunder meets her 7.5kg better at the weights here, and that should be enough to reverse their finishing order. At his third run this campaign, War Thunder stepped up to 1122m at Gawler and was caught three wide without cover yet battled gamely to finish two lengths from the winner – I think it was the run of the race. He now drops 5kg on that last run, drops back to 1000m, and has little early speed on his inside which should see him cross to the rail and lead which is an advantage at the Parks circuit. Back him each-way at $26 and $6.80.

NEWCASTLE (Ric Chapman)

Short race to open the day for us and that probably suits PAMPLEMOUSSE here. He's had 3 get to know the game starts thus far and he has sat off the pace and made ground late to place at past 2 runs. Should be in the one, one trail here and with his finish, looks to finish too well.

Gee the form around this maiden galloper of Jason Attard's, MAGNIFICA, is pretty handy. Firstly, he's had 2 starts so is ready to fire up, but start one, he was 3rd, and the 2nd horse Napoli, has since won like an exciting prospect. Magnifica then raced at provincials and was close up 5th where the 2nd horse, Spin Bowles, has since come out and won. Should be hard to hold out here.

Really like the old saying, 'where there is smoke, there is fire.' Apply it to this import NAHUEL in this. On his Aussie debut last start he was backed from $4 into $2.90 and was a bit one-paced all way, but battled away to grab 3rd. Longer trip here is in his favour and looks tougher now with that run under his belt. Nearly a good thing, I believe.

RANDWICK (Ric Chapman)

Really like the look of this LARLABROOK in this. Big weight yes, but lovely gate and Greg Ryan, who landed 4 winners and a 2nd at Wellington on Thursday, has the mount. Will travel sweetly, probably in front and now that he has a run under his belt, he can turn the screws at the 300m and steel a march.

This French import ARAAJA looks thrown in here. In his 2nd start in Australia, last run, was when he got home hard from the back to grab 3rd. Should be super fit now and is weighted to blow by his stablemates late and win. Quinella Solo Mission with him.

Race 7 - 3:10PM STAYER'S CUP (3200 METRES)
He's a rising 10-year-old and he has 61kg on a heavy track. He has to give 8kg to EVERY runner but I think he's a good thing. It's old DESTINY'S KISS of course. He is just so honest, loves this track, can stay all day, and eats the mud for breakfast. Can't wait to back him again.

TOOWOOMBA (Steve Bennett)

Race 1 - 4:37PM Carlton Dry Class 2 Handicap (1200 METRES) 
From the Kris Lees Newcastle stables comes EXELLAS who has already had one start on QLD tracks for a win and looks primed to repeat that effort here. A very promising Helmet filly, she has only missed a top three finish on two occasions from her seven career starts to date. After finishing second at Grafton two starts back, she welcomed the change in surroundings as she stepped out onto the Corbould Park track on the Sunshine Coast for the first time and ran her rivals ragged. She led all the way to take out the class 1 event over 1200m and at her first try on a heavy track as well. Her last start victory says she is ready for class 2 company here. Well weighted at 56kgs and had drawn perfectly in gate two, she looks hard to beat in this.

Race 2 - 5:10PM AG Rigging BM70 Handicap (1050 METRES)
Ben Currie has MR CHOW lining up here and the Commands gelding is racing well in a long campaign. Two starts back he finished second at Beaudesert in a BM65 over 1200m coming from well back on the turn. His latest effort was here where he finished second again, this time behind Unique Magic over the longer 1300m trip. What could be a tactical move by Currie, he drops back to the 1050m sprint where he is already a three-time winner. He is knocking on the door again and is drawn and weighted nicely here. Looks right in the mix.

Race 3 - 5:45PM Wimmers Premium Soft Drinks Class 1 Handicap (1050 METRES)
Another one from the Ben Currie stable here with MISHANI VALENTINO lining up here fresh from a last start maiden victory. It only took three starts back from a four-month spell for the Foxwedge two-year-old to find his feet. From barrier one, he led from start to finish and can only strip fitter here. He does drop back to the 1050m trip but that shouldn’t be a problem. The danger here is topweight Spirit’s Pride who could run well fresh. I am banking on the Spirit Of Boom colt needing the run however. Drawn well and with good early gate speed, Mishani Valentino looks well placed to take this out.

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