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Gold Coast Tips January 19 – Best bets for Saturday Gold Coast racing

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 14 Jan 2019
  • 3 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 - January 19


Tips be updated on Thursday, January 17.

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January 12


Race 3 - 12:50PM RACING QUEENSLAND $1M MAGIC MILLIONS QTIS OPEN (1300 METRES)
A hard day to narrow down any filed to just one but here, the Tony Gollan-trained TOKORIKI LAD is on the improve and could give this a real shake. He is three runs into this preparation and couldn’t have been more impressive than his last start victory here two weeks ago. Sitting in the back half of the field, he finished too strong for them and won comfortably in the end. Jeff Lloyd jumps aboard here and from gate two, will secure a good sit near the fence. Provided Lloyd finds some clean air in the run home, watch for him finishing late.
Result (2nd)

Race 4 - 1:25PM SKY RACING $1M MAGIC MILLIONS TROPHY (2200 METRES)
Another who is three runs back from a spell, TUMULTUOUS rang out the warning bells last start when a close-up second behind Tally at Doomben two weeks ago. His effort was made even more noticeable when he dipped and nearly fell at the 1200m, losing a length and even more in momentum. Regaining his composure, he was the widest runner on the turn and was doing his best work in the final 100 metres. Drawn the fence, he should fall into a cushy spot with cover and again be looking to finishing late. He won this race last year and is in form good enough to suggest he can defend his title here. 
Result (Won - $4.80)

Race 7 - 3:15PM GOLD COAST $2M MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO GUINEAS (1400 METRES)
Listed as a black booker in our Horses To Follow (QLD), Tony Gollan’s filly OUTBACK BARBIE only has to avoid the trouble she found last start to be the one they have to beat here. Two starts back, she put in a mighty effort where she chased home her unbeaten stablemate Zoustyle and after spotting him six lengths at one stage, finished within a length to make it a stable quinella. Then last start, the saying ‘a certainty beaten’ never rang truer, as the replay still shows. Jumping from the outside gate (14) she was trapped four-deep and dropped back to the tail. Passing the 600m mark, she was baulked badly avoiding a fallen horse. Then in the run home, jockey Jim Byrne could not find a way through the wall of horses in front of him. Checked off the heels of one, she still came again and finished sixth. Drawn ideally here (gate three), New rider, James McDonald, should find a nice sit near the fence and save her for the run home. Boomsara’s win last start was impressive but here the barrier draw could bring the Spirit Of Boom gelding undone. Given an even chance here, Outback Barbie looks the goods.
Result (3rd)

Race 8 - 4:00PM THE STAR GOLD COAST $2M MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLASSIC (1200 METRES)
Even before the barrier draw, the Godolphin filly EXHILARATES stamped herself more than just a genuine contender when winning the QTIS Two-Year-Old lead-up last weekend. The Snitzel filly’s turn of foot over the final 200 metres was something to see. Eased near the line, she put nearly two lengths on the field and couldn’t have looked any more impressive. Most of her main rivals fared badly at the barrier draw but jumping from gate nine, Everest winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy will surely have the filly near the pace with cover and a repeat of her finishing burst last week will see her extremely hard to run down here. The strongest challengers are Rome and Lubuk but unfortunately are down the list as emergencies and are highly unlikely to gain a start. Czarson and Dubious are right in this as well. All things going to script, James Cummings should be holding the trophy around 4.15pm Gold Coast time. 
Result (Won - $4.00)

January 5

Race 1 - 12:27PM AQUIS FARM PRE-TRAINING AND AGISTMENT Class 3 Plate (900 METRES) 
Formerly from the Mick Price stables in Melbourne, BOOM CHICKA BOOM made a successful debut for new trainer Les Kelly when he scored an impressive win with his first look at the Gold Coast track. The All Too Hard four-year-old enjoyed a rails-hugging run and led all the way, showing plenty of toe over the final 200m as well. Drawn well again here (in 4), Jim Byrne jumps aboard for his first ride on the gelding and with his early gate speed, he should be right up there vying for the lead. This looks no harder, and he will prove hard to run down if he sees daylight.
Result (2nd)

Race 8 - 4:47PM SUBSCRIBE TO AQUIS FARM ON YOUTUBE.COM Class 6 Plate (1400 METRES)
Coming back to his best form, LOOKS LIKE ELVIS lines up here a sound each-way chance. The four-year-old resumed off a three-month break, finishing unplaced in a BM85 at Doomben over 1200m, but was only beaten a length in the process. Last start, he showed signs of improvement when finishing third behind Cadogan and the smart Chapter And Verse in class 6 company at Eagle Farm. Now three starts into his current preparation, he should line up here in peak condition and if he can find a forward spot with cover, he could prove hard to hold out.
Result (unplaced)

Race 9 - 5:25PM AQUIS CHINESE JOCKEY CLUB No Metro Wins Handicap (1200 METRES) 
This looks a race in three (when you bring the barrier draw into play), and the Toby Edmonds-trained DREAM MASTER gets my vote. Now four starts back from a six-month break, he didn’t take long to find his feet. Third-up, he smashed a BM70 field here over 1100m, putting 2.5 lengths on the field and he did it from all from a wide draw that day. Then last start, he stepped to class 5 grade and led all the way to hold off Cool Sequence and take the winner’s purse again. Leading jockey Jeff Lloyd jumps back aboard for his first ride on the gelding since March last year. He draws beautifully in gate four and with his brilliant early gate speed should find the front and again be hard to run down. 
Result (2nd)

December 29


Race 2 - 2:02PM QT GOLD COAST Class 3 Handicap (1400 METRES) 
The Gollan Stable is on fire of late and they have TOKORIKI LAD engaged here who is third-up and ready to strike. While his first two runs back saw him finish unplaced, both runs had merit in them and he finished within two lengths of the winner on both occasions. Last start he drifted back to the tail and remained there to the turn. He was then involved in a bumping dual with Soaring Heart which had him off balance. Considering the circumstances, he finished off really well. He is a track and trip winner and has Ryan Plumb aboard for the first time here. He lines up here as a definite threat.
Result (Won - $1.60)

Race 3 - 2:42PM BORDER EXPRESS BenchMark 80 Handicap (1800 METRES)
A gear change could make all the difference for AL’S KINGDOM who is coming off a couple of minor placings and will be looking to atone here. After a convincing over The Candy Man at the Sunshine Coast, he rose sharply in grade and wasn’t disgraced when finishing third behind the talented Sofie’s Gold Class. Then last start, having his first look at Eagle Farm, he beat all but Surprise Bullet home over the mile. He climbs to 1800m here and has the blinkers off for the first time (replaced by visors) and has Paul Hammersley in the saddle for his first ride on the three-year-old. He comes in on the limit and will take beating.
Result (2nd)

Race 7 - 5:20PM 2019 TAB 2YO CALCUTTA 10 JANUARY Class 2 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Yet to miss a top-three finish in eight career starts, PIERIDAE looks perfectly placed here to notch-up her third win. A dual acceptor (Doomben, Race 1), trainer Ben Currie has chosen to run the Hinchinbrook mare here. A winner, first-up after almost a year in the paddock, the mare has finished runner-up at her two starts since and was ridden more aggressively (under instructions from the connections) at her last start to gain a forward spot from her wide draw. Here, she draws ideally in gate two and it will depend on riding instructions as to where she settles. She has plenty of gate speed and will be there at the finish.
Scratched

December 22


Race 4 - 2:28PM TOTAL BUILDING REFURBISHMENT Class 4 Handicap (1100 METRES) 
The undefeated DITMAS lines up here and looks the one to beat again. This Helter Skelter five-year-old may have started late, but is making up for it winning his first three races by a combined total of 10 lengths. Last start, he missed the jump and had to work early to make up ground. He finished best to get home by a neck but did plenty of work in the run. He jumps sharply in grade here but has the upside to win this.
Result (2nd)

Race 6 - 3:48PM ALL STRATA PROJECTS Fillies and Mares Class 1 Handicap (1200 METRES)
The Chris Waller-trained BALLET BABY showed promise in Sydney when resuming and has had just the one start in QLD. Expectations were high at Doomben as the Street Cry mare was sent out a warm $2.60 favourite but she could only manage third prize at her first look at Doomben. It was a big effort in the long run, as she was caught three-deep no cover the entire trip. With plenty of early speed drawn inside her here, Glen Colless will have ample opportunity to cross and find a sit near the fence. She is dropping back to 1200m here but that looks more suitable for her at this stage. Big chance.
Result (Unplaced)

Race 8 - 5:04PM AMALGAMATED WINDOW REPLACEMENT Class 2 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Five starts into this preparation and WINE BARREL has been in good touch. His record at the 1400m trip was dismal to say the least until two starts back where he scored by a length at Gatton in a class 2 plate on a soft track. That was his first win from eight attempts at the distance where he was ridden a lot closer to the speed that day. Last start, he was again ridden back and finished well only to finish one length behind the winner in fifth place. Les Tilley takes the reins here and will get the best out of the Drumbeats gelding. Look for a forward showing.
Abandoned

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