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Gold Coast Tips July August 17 – Best bets for Saturday Gold Coast racing

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 16 Aug 2019
  • 3 to 4 best bets for Gold Coast this week.

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Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting at Gold Coast Racecourse, one of Queensland’s premier race tracks and home of the rich Magic Millions meeting in late January each year.

Based in Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast Racecourse boast a grass track that accommodates various distances up to 2100m. The ground has a large members stand, and grassed areas to view the track from. 

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Gold Coast Tips - August 17

Race 3 - 1:33PM SKYDIVE AUSTRALIA Maiden Handicap (1400 METRES)
Resuming from six months in the paddock, the Chris Waller-trained SEAMAGIC lost the race at the barriers when jumping from gate 14 (of 15). Glen Colless eased the Ocean Park mare back at the start to find a sit closer to the fence with cover. Spotting the leaders 15 lengths at one stage, she finished strongly to be within 3.5 lengths of the winner, taking home fifth prize that day. She draws the fence here and meets a field no tougher than last start. Colless sticks with her and from that draw she should get the gun-run of the race and looks the winner.

Odds correct as at 6:00AM (AEST) on 17/08/2019

Race 6 - 3:28PM MERLINS MAGIC WAND BenchMark 65 Handicap (900 METRES)
The Helen Page-trained VAINITY has been a model of consistency this time in with quinella finishes in her past four runs. She won her maiden here three starts back then beat all but one runner home at her past two starts. Last start, she looked home but was out-gunned by Moonan Choice that day. Jason Taylor climbs aboard for the first time and with her early gate speed, should manage to overcome the wide draw and fit a sit near the lead. Given a good early pace, she should prove hard to run down.

Race 7 - 4:08PM MANTRA HOTELS Fillies and Mares Class 1 Plate (1300 METRES)
Three starts into this preparation, ON THE BOSSA NOVA should be at her peak here and looks ready to win. The Chris Munce-trained mare has strung three minor placings together this time in and has looked a winning chance in all three events. Two starts back, she finished strongly to grab third prize against Class 2 horses at Ipswich. Then last start, she repeated the effort at the Sunshine Coast by taking home third money again in similar company. She drops back in grade here and with three runs behind her now, will strip much fitter and should prove hard to hold out.

Previous Tips:

August 10

Two starts back from a 13-week break and INKBLOT has returned ready to race. The well-bred Denman gelding showed a lot of fight first-up winning a Class 2 here over 900m before failing to handle the wet track at the Sunshine Coast where he finished unplaced behind Bachelor’s Art in a harder Class 3 assignment. He drops back in grade here and after the claim will carry just 57kgs. Drawn ideally gate one, he should enjoy a gun-run on the fence and be looking to test the leading group in the run home. He looks perfectly placed in this field.
Result (unplaced)

Race 6 - 3:23PM GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY GOLD COAST BenchMark 65 Handicap (1800 METRES)
With both career wins recorded on the Aquis Park track, SPICERS PEAK will be shooting for three here and after five runs this time around, he should be fit enough now to figure in the finish. Two starts back, he finished third on this track in a BM62 over 1400m behind Coulthard when he was caught well back in the field and had to track wide to make ground. Last start, he wasn’t disgraced when finishing unplaced in a much harder Class 3 at Eagle Farm, beaten just over three lengths in the 1840m event. The five-year-old drops back in grade here and should find this challenge easier. 
Result (unplaced)

Race 7 - 4:03PM COCA COLA AMATIL BenchMark 62 Handicap (1100 METRES)
The lightly-raced FUJI FLYER is second-up here and gives an indication he will be hard to run down here. The Sidereus gelding won his maiden on debut by over five lengths on this track before finishing second at Doomben behind Defence Missile over 1200m. He is now three starts back from a 21-week spell and last start he took on his own age group and beat all but Lucky Fix home over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast. Although up in weight here, he will find this a bit easier and is a track winner already. He maps well and will take beating.
Result (1st - $2.20)

August 3

Race 4 - 1:53PM HANECO LIGHTING Class 2 Plate (1100 METRES)
Locally-trained by Tom Cowan, WHITEBAIT PATTIE has four minor placings from five starts at the track, and looks ready to break the shackles here. Both career wins came in her last campaign before hitting the paddock for 15 weeks. Resuming, she battled on gamely for third in a BM65 here over 900m then last start, ran around in a Class 2 at Ballina, finishing fifth over the1005m trip. Both runs were on Heavy 10’s and here she gets back on top of the ground where she has finished top-three in six of her eight starts on the dry. She is well weighted here after the claim and is drawn to do no work from gate four. Fitter for those wet track runs, the 1100m suits here. 
Result (unplaced)

Race 7 - 3:53PM CLEVERTRONICS BenchMark 65 Handicap (1800 METRES)
The Les Kelly-trained SOLARCRAFT is three starts into this preparation and he looks ready to produce his best. He finished unplaced at his first runs here, over 1200m and 1300m. Kelly then sent him around over the mile in his latest effort and he finished strongly to grab third prize, beaten less than half a length in a BM60. Fitter for those three runs now, he is up to this challenge as he steps up to the 1800m where he is already a track and trip winner. He looms as a lightweight threat.
Result (scratched)

Race 8 - 4:33PM TAB Class 4 Handicap (1400 METRES)
This is made to order for track specialist SMART AS ATTACK who is already a winner at this level. Two starts back, the five-year-old chased home Bold Warrior but failed by a long neck to reel him in, claiming second prize on the day. Rich Affair finished more than two lengths further back in fifth place then went on to win a BM70 next start. Last start, he took on a Class 6 field and wasn’t disgraced, finishing three lengths from the winner, Looks Like Elvis. Back to Class 4 company here he should be at his peak after five runs this time in. Drawn the middle of the field, he has the early gate speed to be sitting on the pace here and should prove hard to run down.
Result (3rd - $1.60 to Place)

July 20

Race 4 - 2:23PM ARCHERS THE STRATA PROFESSIONALS BenchMark 62 Handicap (900 METRES)
The Helen Page-trained VAINITY is a well-bred, by Denman out of a Testa Rossa mare and has resumed from a 25-week break a different filly. Two starts back, she broke her maiden with a win here over the 900m sprint. Last start she fell agonisingly short in a Class 1, beating all but Lucky Fix home on a heavy 10. She appears to like the Aquis Park track and back on top of the ground here and down a little in weight, she looks right in the mix.
Result (2nd - $1.70 to Place)

Race 5 - 3:03PM HOSPITALITY STRATA Class 5 Handicap (1200 METRES)
A winner of two of his past three starts, SECRET SPIRIT is drawn and weighted to give this a real shake. The Spirit Of Boom three-year-old was an impressive winner three starts back at Beaudesert in Class 2 company with Stef Lacy aboard. He then finished third in a Class 3 at Toowoomba, being run down but stuck on gamely. Last start, he bounced back and despite racing wide, he finished too strong for them in similar company over 1100m. He is stepping up sharply in grade here but with winning rider Lacy back aboard, drawing gate four and down 2kgs from his last start win, he still looks a genuine threat.
Result (3rd - $1.40 to Place)

Race 6 - 3:43PM MARSH ADVANTAGE INSURANCE Colts, Geldings and Entires Class 1 Handicap (1400 METRES)
A 37-week spell in the paddock has worked wonders for the Chris Waller-trained HADRIAN. Failing to fill a top-three place at his first four starts, the three-year-old resumed here on a heavy 10 over 1200m and gave them a galloping lesson, winning his maiden by more than two lengths with Glen Colless aboard. He has drawn wide here and with little early speed in the race, he may need some luck finding a sit close to the fence. Colless sticks with him here and if he can settle early and see daylight turning for home, he should prove hard to hold out.
Result (unplaced)

July 6

Race 3 - 1:03PM BAYSIDE PLASTERBOARD BenchMark 65 Handicap (900 METRES)
Placed in three of four starts this preparation, INSTABEATS is weighted and drawn to take this out. Two starts back, the Drumbeats gelding broke his maiden at Ballina over the 1000m sprint on a heavy 10 that day. He then stepped up to Class 2 company and beat all but Inkblot home on this track over 900m. He lines up here 1kg under the limit after the claim and from gate five should be sitting right on the speed. With four runs behind him now, he should prove hard to beat.
Result (unplaced)

Race 6 - 2:58PM THE KIDS CANCER PROJECT BenchMark 65 Handicap (1800 METRES)
Track specialist HACKSAW RIDGE thrives on wet tracks and will right at home in this event. The four-year-old gelding won two in a row here, both on soft tracks, before finishing third in a BM65 over 1400m on a heavy 10. Last start, trainer Les Kelly stepped him up to the 1800m trip for the first time and he wasn’t disgraced when finishing fifth behind Dramatic Moments, beaten just 2.5 lengths. All three career wins have been on the Aquis Park track  and a wet track is again forecast here which puts him right in the mix. 
Result (Abandoned) 

Race 7 - 3:38PM BLAKELY SIMPSON BenchMark 70 Handicap (1300 METRES)
A two-time winner at the track, RICH AFFAIR is four runs into this campaign and looks ready to win. Three starts back ,he failed to handle the heavy track here in a BM75. He then drew the car park at Doomben and was four-wide without cover most of the trip, finishing back in the field. Last start, the 1400m trip may have been too testing where he finished fifth, beaten 2.5 lengths, here in Class 4 company. He should find this a little easier and comes back to 1300m. Alannah Fancourt is legged aboard for her first ride on the Written Tycoon gelding and jumping from gate two, the five-year-old should be just off the pace and gets his chance to give them something to chase in the run home.
Result (Abandoned) 

June 29

Race 4 - 1:38PM UD TRUCKS GOLD COAST QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1800 METRES)
The Scott Morrisey-trained PUMPS looks ideally placed here. A winner three starts back at Ipswich, the Jimmy Choux gelding has finished in the money at his past two starts as well. Last start, he gave them something to chase as he tried to lead all the way in a BM62 here over 1800m. He almost pulled it off, run down by Dramatic Moments in last 50 metres. Back against his own age here, he is drawn to lead again and will take beating again.
Result (2nd - $1.15 place)

Race 6 - 2:53PM GCI GROUP QTIS Three-Years-Old Class 1 Plate (900 METRES)
In outstanding form at his past three runs, LUCKY FIX looks in the mix again here. Two starts back, he put two lengths on his rivals to win his maiden here on a heavy 10 that day. Then last start, he came within a neck of making it a double, beating all but Cossie home in a BM65 over 1100m at Gatton. He drops back to Class 1 company here and maps well from gate two. He looks well-placed against his own age group again.
Result (Won - $10)

Race 7 - 3:33PM SCI FLEET HINO Class 3 Handicap (1800 METRES)
Les Kelly’s four-year-old DRAMATIC MOMENTS is in career best form and if he can overcome the wide draw, he will prove hard to beat again. After a couple of runner-up finishes, last start he went one better and beat home a field of 14 in a BM62 over 1800m. Coming from well back, he finished too strongly for Pumps and won going away in the end. That’s good form coming into this Class 3 and down in weight, he can give this a real shake.
Result (3rd - $1.70 place)

June 22

Race 6 - 3:17PM DESI DRIVERS Class 4 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Mixing his form of late, WILL’S BID has been waiting for a dry track and the forecast here suggests he should get his wish. After a poor result two starts back here over 1200m, the Fastnet Rock gelding finished strongly last start to grab third prize at Ballina on a Heavy 10 while carting 61.5kgs. The four-year-old will appreciate the drop of 9kgs here and on top of the ground from a favourable draw, he will give a bold sight at big odds.
Result (unplaced)

Race 7 - 3:57PM BUNDALL TYREPOWER Class 1 Handicap (1400 METRES)
A big winner on debut, SEAT OF POWER will give this a real shake if he can reproduce that first effort. The maiden win was full of merit as the four-year-old put more than three lengths on his rivals in the 1400m event. Drawn the middle of the field here, he should be right on the pace and with a clear run to the line, he will take some beating.
Result (1st - $2.50)

Race 8 - 4:33PM HAPPY 50TH DAVE CURRAN BenchMark 75 Handicap (1200 METRES)
The Les Kelly-trained mare MUSICAL GENIUS remains unbeaten since resuming from a five-month break. First-up, the four-year-old beat home a Class 2 field in heavy going before repeating that effort at Doomben on top of the ground in a Class 3 over 1110m. This is her biggest test to date but is drawn well and should be on the speed early. She hasn’t run 1200m for over a year now, so the final 100 metres will tell the story. 
Result (1st - $3)

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