Saturday Best Tips & Previews, January 13th

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January hits top gear this Saturday with quality racing programs nationwide. The well-named Magic Millions carnival on the Gold Coast will capture the imagination and attention of most punters. At the same time, Rosehill and Flemington host the typical tough and tricky summer cards for the more astute racing pundit. Join our experts as they outline their best bets!

Gold Coast Race 8

#1 Storm Boy

Storm Boy has one hoof on the till. The undefeated Justify colt has turned heads in both career starts, and he looks to have a bright future. His last-start victory was tough and courageous after covering ground early, and he ate up every inch of the six furlongs. From the wide gate, he will push forward in search of the lead, and if he can find the front uncontested, the fat lady could be singing before patrons find their seats. An early-speed battle could be his undoing.  Highness showed an explosive turn of foot late to claim the traditional Magic Millions lead-up race at Wyong. The Snitzel colt will get the run of the race on Saturday from barrier four, and I suspect he is ready to explode after a recent blistering barrier trial. The 1200m looks ideal at this stage of his preparation, and he has been heavily supported in early betting.  Suggested Bet: Storm Boy @ $2.30

Bet Now: MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLASSIC

Gold Coast RACE 9

#4 Royal Tribute

Royal Tribute was braver than Mel Gibson late in the Gosford Guineas fresh. The Snitzel colt looked a sitting duck on straightening, and he was entitled to drop out of the placings. His tenacious victory sent an ominous warning to his Magic Millions rivals, and he looks well placed to have a decent tilt at the $2,000,000 second-up. The Gai Waterhouse factor will attract market support, and I expect him to lead them a merry dance if he jumps cleanly from the awkward gate. Great each-way value.

Veecee can run a massive race at a decent price. The Capitalist colt savaged the line fresh at Caulfield and traditionally performs well second-up. After his recent outing, he strips fitter, and the 1400m looks perfect at this campaign stage. A recent jump-out put the writing on the wall for a big performance on Saturday, and I suspect the $21 quote will be significantly reduced before the gates open. Over the odds. 

Suggested Bet: Royal Tribute @ $10.00

Bet Now: MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO GUINEAS

Flemington Race 8

#2 Sghirripa

Sghirripa looks the good thing of the day on tricky program at headquarters. The Lonhro gelding has won three out of his last four outings, and the form around his performances this preparation have stood up time and again. His last-start victory broke the clock and caught the eye of punters, and with even luck in-transit, I expect him to be winning the time-honoured Standish Handicap on Saturday. The stable is on fire at present, and this assignment looks a mere formality. Get on! The Astrologist is the class runner. He did enough without threatening first-up, and I suspect he will be ready to hit top gear at his favourite track and distance. You can never dismiss a Flemington specialist, and the cream usually rises to the top. It may pay dividends to watch for any significant market support.  Suggested Bet: Sghirripa @ $2.05

Bet Now: Standish Hcp

Flemington Race 9

#3 Miracle Spin

Miracle Spin comes to Melbourne up and about after an impressive last-start victory at Randwick. The enigmatic Pivotal gelding looks well placed in this company, and he is poised to add to his already enviable career record. He is a winner, previously third-up from a spell, and I expect him to get the perfect cart into the race sitting midfield with cover. Watch for the big boy late!

Captain Britain is too consistent to dismiss. The Camelot gelding is notching up wins for fun at present, and he deserves his shot at this level on Saturday. He finds his pet distance here, and I expect him to occupy the box seat, jumping from a perfect inside draw. If the gaps appear as they turn into the long Flemington home straight, he will make his presence felt at the clock tower. Acid test.

Suggested Bet: Miracle Spin @ $2.15

Bet Now: Off The Track Trophy (Bm84)

Rosehill Race 7

#1 Luncies

Luncies signalled a return to form last start at Randwick. The beautiful Iffraaj grey gelding was only upstaged by the forever consistent Lion’s Roar, and he looks well placed here, dropping back in grade. He thrives over the 2000m trip, and he should get all the favours in the run from the perfect inside draw. His recent winning record is the primary concern. 

Baby Rider will have supporters after producing an impressive campaign to date. The Gleneagles gelding is no stranger to a ten-furlong assignment, and he has performed exceptionally well at the weights with 55kg. From barrier three, he will sit behind the leaders, and if he sees oxygen as they run for the judge, he can put his name up in lights. 

Suggested Bet: Luncies @ $5.00

Bet Now: James Squire January Cup

Rosehill Race 8

#9 Estadio Mestalla

Estadio Mestalla makes his debut for the Joesph Pride stable. The Galileo Gold gelding had reasonable form under Chris Waller, and he has been trialling the house down leading into this first-up assignment. From the carpark draw, he will drift back and watch the race unfold, and if he gets the tempo to suit up front, I expect him to gobble up his rivals late. Big watch.

Zou Tiger is always thereabouts. The form around Aft Cabin reads well for this event, and he has been specked since the markets opened. The ultimate gear change has been recently implemented, and nothing went right for the son of Zoustar first-up. If he can recapture his mojo, he could blow his opposition away. Take on trust. 

Suggested Bet: Estadio Mestalla @ $4.50

Bet Now: Ranvet (Bm100)

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Author: Raymond Sanchez