Harness racing selections: Saturday, February 13

There are two meetings to look at on Saturday night, with Group 1 action in Melton plus races in Menangle. Below are the best bets for the respective programs. Melton Best bet: Multi (Race 1, Number 5/Race 2, Number 1/Race 4, Number 3) Multi these three up to win and you should get around $2.60 […]

Harness racing selections: Saturday, February 13

There are two meetings to look at on Saturday night, with Group 1 action in Melton plus races in Menangle.

Below are the best bets for the respective programs.

Melton

Best bet: Multi (Race 1, Number 5/Race 2, Number 1/Race 4, Number 3)
Multi these three up to win and you should get around $2.60 or $2.70, which looks good value. The first two are former Kiwis that make their Australian debut for Andy Gath and each looked outstanding in trials here earlier this week. Barring bad luck, they should win. The last leg is President Roydon, who looks destined for the top grade and has come back in super order. There is a bit of depth to this line-up, but he looks so progressive.

Next best: Race 6, Number 5, Tough Monarch
I’m surprised there is $5.50 or thereabouts available for him. I’m a huge fan of Majestic Man but he had two torrid runs in the Great Southern Star last week and there has to be a query on whether or he can back up. Tough Monarch won his heat, leading throughout, then drew poorly in the final and couldn’t figure. If this horse finds the front tonight he’ll take a power of beating.

Value: Race 7, Number 1, Larajay Macray
Double figures is more than acceptable for this mare, who is racing pretty well at the moment. This horse didn’t draw the best last time out at Shepparton but I liked the way she finished her race off. From the pole, this horse has enough gate speed to hold a forward and run quite a bold race at good odds.

(Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Menangle

Best bet: Race 6, Number 2, Expensive Ego
I am pretty keen on this four-year-old star to bounce back. Forget he went around in the Bonanza in Melton last start. This horse looked to be full of running but copped bad interference, which sealed his fate in a luckless run. This horse returns home and should have little trouble leading. From there, he’ll take a power of beating.

Next best: Race 4, Number 2, No Win No Feed
The price gap between Rocknroll Angel and this mare is far too great. I have No Win No Feed much closer in the market. She was good in defeat last time out, her first run since mid-December. She will hold the back of the favourite and from there, gets run of the race and is hard to beat.

Value: Race 1, Number 1, Team Of Starzzz
This is more of a 1×3 play at big odds. He’s ten years of age, but still looks to maintain a healthy zest for racing with good, solid efforts here in recent runs without winning. He lands leaders back from the pole and $5-plus for him to run top three is a fair enough price in what looks a competitive race.

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Sydney racing selections: Randwick tips for Saturday, February 14

The dreaded duck made his first appearance of 2021 last Saturday. It is back to Randwick and the drawing board this Saturday. I am hoping the rain stays away and I’m pretty hopeful of a big day. There are ten units in play, with no bets in Races 2 and 4 today. 2020-21 season (since […]

Sydney racing selections: Randwick tips for Saturday, February 14

The dreaded duck made his first appearance of 2021 last Saturday. It is back to Randwick and the drawing board this Saturday. I am hoping the rain stays away and I’m pretty hopeful of a big day.

There are ten units in play, with no bets in Races 2 and 4 today.

2020-21 season (since 1 August)
Outlay: 350 units
Return: 433.7 units

Stats are based on one unit being equal to a $1 win bet, New South Wales dividends. See the comments for any changes based on scratchings or track condition.

Randwick selections

Race 1 – 8 Shadow Flight (one unit)
I am setting the alarm clock for a rare go at the first on the card. It’s not much of a race. I was looking for ways to back Accountability but found Shadow Flight down near the bottom. He’s not getting a start in the Championships, but he’s been running okay in weaker grade and gets the big weight drop at this level. Jay Ford, yes. Les Bridge, yes.

Race 3 – 4 If You Think So (one unit)
Have I gone crazy? A bet in the Highway as well? If You Think So won by a street at this level two weeks ago. She’s up in trip here. I’ll take the odds that the switch has been flicked and she can back it up here.

Race 5 – 8 Canasta (three units)
Canasta is my best of the day. He was great leading second-up last time and can get a soft enough time of it in front to be hard to beat. New Arrangement, Bergen and Strategic Phil go in the exotics.

Race 6 – 6 Brave Song (two units)
I am pretty keen on Brave Song at the nice price. He’s been stretched to 1400 metres recently but is back to his preferred 1200 trip for this. Last time at this trip, his second behind Pandemic was huge lugging 60.5 kilos and he wasn’t bad behind Athiri in super fast time the start before that. Dry track and I’m loading up. Standout is the next best. Albumin is running well and is always a big price.

Race 7 – 1 Dreamforce (one unit)
I love Verry Elleegant and wouldn’t be surprised if she’s right to go fresh, but with bigger assignments down the track being her priority, I’m happy to go with Dreamforce. The old boy loves the 1400 and Randwick, is normally right to go first-up and should be able to lead here without too much fight. Kolding came back well and is right in it. This is a nice race.

Race 8 – 2 Kahma Lass (one unit)
I am speculating that the NZ invader Kahma Lass is up to it at his first start in Australia. She’s a Group 1 winner over a mile across the ditch but her other win was a sprint in good time (maiden).

Race 9 – 6 Lina’s Hero (one unit)
What to make of Lina’s Hero? He popped up occasionally when in Hong Kong, but I really don’t know how that measures up back here. She did bolt in at a recent trial though, and may have too much gas for them if they let her get away.

If you’re after a lead in the Lightning, Pippie is very, very fast and sometimes hard to catch.

Good luck, and fingers crossed for an improvement on last week. Please feel free to send me your specials and tales of woe.

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