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Gold Coast Tips July 20 – Best bets for Saturday Gold Coast racing

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 19 Jul 2019
  • 3 to 4 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 - 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.

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.

Odds correct as at 5:30PM (AEST) on 19/07/2019

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.

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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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