Weekend Best Bets: Flemington, Gold Coast and Randwick

Magic Millions Day at Gold Coast is the feature meeting this Saturday as the spotlight falls on the huge event.

As well as the Magic Millions programme, which features the $2m 2YO Classic and $2m 3YO Guineas, Melbourne racing comes at Flemington and Sydney racing is at Randwick.

Read our best bets for the weekend below:


Race 4

Some promising three-year-olds line-up here and the Greg Eurell-trained O’TAUTO ($2.70 ClassicBetis the one to follow. He was runner-up behind Poised To Strike just before Christmas when resuming this preparation, making up some solid ground before just missing out. That was over 1200m and the step up to 1400m should suit. At his previous campaign he tackled the Flemington 1400m and ran home well to grab 2nd behind Crockett. That form lines up well for this and he will enjoy a peach of a run from barrier 2 with Damien Oliver on board.

Race 7

ORDER OF COMMAND ($2.35 TopBettacan continue his winning ways. He was close up in a number of key sprints down the Flemington straight last winter, providing the exacta behind the likes of Nature Strip and Brave Song in successive races, and has had two runs this campaign for wins over the 1100m and 1000m. He should have the race run to suit as he can settle behind the speed, and win again.

Gold Coast

Race 4 – Magic Millions Trophy

TUMULTUOS ($3.80 TopBettacaught the eye 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. He was the widest runner on the turn and was doing his best work in the final 100 metres. Drawn the fence, he should again be finishing late. He won this race last year and is in form good enough to suggest he can defend his title.

Race 7 – Magic Millions 3YO Guineas

Read the full 3YO Guineas preview.

Race 8 – Magic Millions 2YO Classic

Read the full 2YO Classic preview.


Race 5

JUNGLE EDGE ($3.60 TopBettais the horse to beat. For his five-length 10th placing in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) because that was on a Good track. A softer track is what he wants. Three starts back he was 2nd to Pierata in the Sydney Stakes (1200m) and last start he won at Ballarat when carrying 8kg more than the runner-up Proud Wolf. The drop back to 1000m will suit, as will a rain-affected track.

Race 7

ORGANZA ($3.70 ClassicBetis unbeaten in three runs over 1400m and now drops back to the trip after runs over 1300m, 1500m and two over a mile. She got back last start and and didn’t enjoy the stop-start nature of the race. This race is easier, and she maps to get a good run from gate 2.