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Gold Coast Tips March 23 – Best bets for Saturday Gold Coast racing

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 22 Mar 2019
  • 3 best bets for Gold Coast this week.

Looking for tips on Saturday's racing from the Gold Coast races? 

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 - March 23

Race 2 - 1:13PM QT HOTEL GOLD COAST Class 3 Plate (900 METRES)
The Helen Page-trained filly LADY McCABE has been mixing her form this preparation but looks well placed here to make her presence felt. Four starts back she showed some authority at Ipswich where she put more four lengths on a BM62 field over an 800m sprint. Then two starts back, she returned to the Ipswich track and came up trumps again, comfortably winning a class 2, again over the 800m trip. Last start, she failed to handle the heavy conditions on this track, finishing unplaced behind Allround Glory. On a quick back-up here and the track is expected to be drier. The Spirit Of Boom filly is drawn nicely and should be sitting just off the speed. She looks a solid chance at the weights.

Race 4 - 2:33PM RUBY RESORT GOLD COAST Fillies and Mares Class 1 Handicap (1200 METRES)
One that appears to have slipped under the bagmen’s guard here is NORTHERN DRAGON who could surprise at big odds. The Hidden Dragon mare hit the ground running when resuming this campaign with three top-two finishes on the trot. Second-up she won her maiden in fine style. She then faced class 1 company and beat all but Drumadoir to the line. Last start she took on mixed company over 1400m at Eagle Farm and couldn’t match it with that field. Back to class 1 company here and against her own sex, she jumps from gate one and looks great value in this field. 

Race 6 - 3:58PM KURRAWA SURF CLUB BenchMark 65 Handicap (1800 METRES)
Second-up here, Desleigh Forster’s gelding IT AIN’T ALL HONEY looks well-placed here despite the wide draw. The four-year-old couldn’t be any more consistent with top-three placings at four of his past five runs. First-up this time in, he rattled home to grab second prize behind Elraazy at the Sunshine Coast over an unsuitable 1400m trip. He steps up to the 1800m journey here and is one from one at the distance. He has early speed drawn outside him which should give him something to sit behind and enjoy a nice run with cover. He can go one better here.

Odds correct as at 8PM (AEDT) on 22/03/2019

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March 16

Race 1 - 11:35AM TAB A.D. HOLLINDALE STAKES MAY 4 Class 3 Plate (1800 METRES)
With the weatherman forecasting a wet weekend on the coast, I am going with one here that could surprise at big odds. NELUMBO has had just two starts since returning from almost a year off the tracks. First-up he finished seventh (beaten 2 lengths) here in a class 3 over 1400m. Then last start, everything that could go wrong, did. He drew wide, which forced Ryan Plumb to ease him back to the tail of the field. Then in the run home, he found more trouble as he was hampered and had to be eased to avoid heels of other runners. Once clear, he hit the line well, again over 1400m. Here, he jumps to 1800m and has drawn well in gate five. He is a winner over 1750m and his third-up record is strong, with a victory and two runner-up placings from three attempts. Also, the Coast is expecting up to 50mm of rain in the next two days and should this happen, this son of O’Lonhro will be jumping out of his skin with an impeccable wet track record that boasts two wins and three minor placings from five wet track appearances. He looks way over the odds here and I suggest to look for big improvement from him.
Result (unplaced)

Consistency reigns supreme with the Tony Gollan-trained BOOM BOY who is currently enjoying a campaign that boasts seven starts for six top three finishes. Gollan has the four-year-old firing on all cylinders and he looks well placed here to continue his current trend. Two starts back (after three consecutive minor placings), he proved too good here, winning a class 2 over 1200m. Last start he drew wide and giving the leaders a big start, he struggled under the 59kgs to reel them in, finishing fourth, 2.5 lengths adrift. He drops in weight here and has drawn ideally in gate one. Brad Stewart remains aboard and he will be hoping for third time lucky here (after two unplaced rides). He lines up here at great each-way value.
Result (unplaced)

An open affair here with half the field under double figures. The Chris Waller-trained JAMINZAH needs to break a hoodoo here as the five-year-old is yet to experience a top-three finish when third-up. First-up this time in, he was a surprise winner at Eagle Farm in open company over 1400m. Then last start, he sat near last to the turn, and following Tumbler, he hit the line in a five-way finish where he took fifth prize, only beaten half a length at the same track and distance. He steps up to 1800m here where he is a two-time winner at the trip. Jeff Lloyd returns to the saddle and was the last to salute on the gelding. He will get back again, but the extra trip will benefit him and he will be running on.
Result (scratched)

Race 7 - 3:22PM AQUIS QTIS 2YO JEWEL (1200 METRES)
Another from the Tony Gollan stables, PERUDO has enjoyed a good preparation for this and is a genuine winning chance. On debut, the Spirit Of Boom filly was backed like there was no tomorrow and didn’t disappoint as she saluted by four lengths in a Toowoomba maiden over 1050m. Then last start, she came to town and lined-up in the Jewel Prelude and in stark contrast to her previous start, she settled back behind the pace and just failed to run down Niedorp over the longer 1200m journey. The two of them spaced the rest with the promising Raay Of Dreams four lengths back in third place. She is drawn a little wide here but does have good early gate speed so I expect Brad Stewart to have her sitting a little closer to the speed. Fitter for those two runs, she will be there when the whips are cracking.
Result (4th)

March 9

Race 3 - 1:48PM RESIDENTIAL SCAFFOLDING Class 1 Handicap (1800 METRES)
Coming off a maiden win last start, SUNDAYINMANHATTAN looks set to make the jump to 1800m here. It took the five-year-old 10 races but he did look good winning the 1600m maiden at the Sunshine Coast last start. A change of race tactics paid off by riding the Manhattan Rain gelding closer to the speed. He hit the front at the 200m mark and fought off the challenge from race favourite Serlina. He was third-up that day and will no doubt strip even fitter here. He looks the one they will have to run down again.
Result (Unplaced)

Race 5 - 3:08PM MARRIOTT Class 2 Handicap (1200 METRES) 
Resuming from an ordinary first campaign, INKBLOT has hit the ground running with a top-three finish at four of his five starts this time in. He won his maiden second-up at the Sunshine Coast and did it comfortably over the 1000m sprint. After finishing a close-up third in a three-way go to the line here two starts back, he added another bronze medal to his tally last start where he was too far back on the turn to throw out a winning challenge and after running into trouble, finally found a rails run to grab third prize. He will line up here a lot fitter than most of these with a lot of the field resuming from lay-offs. He is a dual acceptor (accepted in race seven as well), but should he run here, he will prove hard to beat from that rails draw.
Result (2nd)

Race 7 - 4:28PM WIN TV Class 1 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Another who is coming off a last start maiden win is HAYBURNER who hasn’t finished worse than second in four career starts. The High Chaparral colt set the platform from the outset with three-straight runner-up finishes before finally breaking through at Ballina over the 1400m journey.  He maps well here and is drawn to do no work early. A clear run home should see him right in the finish again.
Result (4th)

March 2

Race 2 - 1:18PM HAIRY HANNAFORD Colts, Geldings and Entires Maiden Handicap (1200 METRES)
Will he find another way to lose a race? The three-year-old EXACTAMENTE has started a short-priced favourite at his past two starts but found a way to be beaten on both occasions. He ran wide on the turn two starts back and wanted to hang out then was hampered by the winner (Tambo’s Mate) as he laid-in on him, costing him any chance of victory. Then last start, he reared at barrier rise an missed the jump by three lengths, ending any chance of victory, only to see him rattle home to grab second prize here two weeks ago. So, the way I see it, if he jumps with them here, he wins. 
Result (scratched)

Race 5 - 3:08PM OLD BASTARDS NEVER DIE B4 THEIR SHOUT Fillies & Mares BenchMark 65 Handicap (1200 METRES)
After a string of runner-up prizes, ELUSIVE MELODY finally cracked her maiden win when victorious at the Sunshine Coast last start. The four-year-old finished strongly to win the 1000m event by more than a length, doing her best work over the concluding stages. She steps up to the 1200m journey here which should be ideal for her, based on her finishing efforts last start. The experienced Ryan Plumb jumps aboard for his first ride on the mare and from gate five should find a spot mid-field near the fence and wind her up for a big finish again. 
Result (1st - $4.60)

Race 7 - 4:28PM G & EC HANNAFORD 69TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Class 5 Handicap (1300 METRES)
Spotting them too much start last week, SIR MAGIC backs-up here with a seven-day turnaround and a race that looks much more suitable for him. Last week’s 1000m event wasn’t a good time to be sitting last in a slowly run race, and giving the leaders eight lengths start nearing the turn. Daniel Griffin then had to come wide to find fresh air and despite being no chance of winning from there, the Magic Albert gelding showed a good turn of foot to finish fourth, beaten just over a length. Griffin remains aboard here and if he can have the six-year-old a little closer to the speed, the extra trip here can only be of benefit to him in the run home. The major gear change of adding a tongue tie could also prove to be an asset.  He is right in the mix here.
Result (3rd)

February 23

Race 1 - 12:53PM GIRLS ON TOUR APRIL 6TH QTIS Three-Years-Old Maiden Plate (1200 METRES)
It’s a real family affair here with three of the eight runners all sired by Spirit Of Boom. The Chris Anderson-trained SPIRIT OF CHEROKEE stands out as one on the improve and second-up here looks the goods. Resuming at the Sunshine Coast, he sat mid-field on the fence with Orman sweating on a rails run on the turn. He got what he wanted but was crowded and harassed all the way to the line (by Cartland) which probably cost him second place. He finished fourth, beaten a whisker by the minor placegetters. Ryan Plumb jumps aboard here and has drawn the fence so he shouldn’t have too much work to do early on. He even drops a little in weight and fitter for that first-up run, he should prove the one to beat.
Result (1st - $4)

Race 4 - 2:38PM $1.5M JEWEL RACEDAY MARCH 16 Class 2 Handicap (1800 METRES) 
Connections of LACEY LYNX PACK may have been a little optimistic when taking their four-year-old mare to Sydney where she was well beaten in a class 2 over 1400m at Rosehill. However, Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn stopped off on the way back home and the mare took out a class 2 at Grafton last start over the longer 1610m trip. She is out of a Lonhro mare (Lacey Lonhbreak) and seems to prefer the further distance. She took a while to warm up at Grafton but got there in the end. The step up to 1800m looks ideal and she could prove hard to hold out.
Result (1st - $3.20)

Race 7 - 4:38PM $500K TAB A.D. HOLLINDALE STAKES Class 3 Plate (1400 METRES)
It’s hard to argue with winning form and ON SHOW is a prime example of that. The Heinrich and Rodgers-trained mare is coming off a winning hat-trick and it’s all but impossible to look for something here to stop her winning run. Three starts back, she won her maiden over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast by an astounding 5.5 lengths, leaving her nine other rivals to squabble over the minor money. Franking that form, she then took good care of a class 1 over the same trip, winning that by two lengths. Last start was no different, taking out a class 2 at the Gold Coast by more than two lengths. The Magic Albert mare is progressing nicely through the grades and must be respected here.
Result (1st - $2.50)


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