Harness racing tips: Saturday, 9 January 2021

There are a couple of bumper cards of racing on Saturday. The highlight is Bendigo, where it’s Bendigo Pacing Cup Night, while at Sydney the racing is at Menangle. There are the best bets for the two programs. Bendigo Best bet: Race 5, No. 1 Dance Craze I think even money or thereabouts is a […]

Harness racing tips: Saturday, 9 January 2021

There are a couple of bumper cards of racing on Saturday.

The highlight is Bendigo, where it’s Bendigo Pacing Cup Night, while at Sydney the racing is at Menangle.

There are the best bets for the two programs.

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Bendigo

Best bet: Race 5, No. 1 Dance Craze
I think even money or thereabouts is a fair enough price for this classy mare. She looks the leader and I think will get total control from in front and prove too good. Mind you, she has been beaten recently when leading, but to counter that, she has run some very sharp early splits that have dulled her finale. I doubt they will go that hard early this time around, and should she hold the lead, which I think she will, the race will be over.

Next best: Race 9, No. 6 Bullion Lady
If the market likes President Roydon, the field will be running for second behind him. If he is soft in betting, then it’s race on, and I like Bullion Lady. She has a real love affair with this track, winning three of four, and her recent efforts in Melton have been good. She can use gate speed to cross and will prove hard to run down.

Value: Race 7, No. 3 Somebeachshadow
I think the current $8 price is on the skinny side, so wait and I think you’ll get double figures. We mentioned him as a value chance two weeks ago in Ballarat for the Sokyola Sprint and he was very good, just missing out on the win running second to Somewhere Secret. He has gate speed so should cross comfortably, and from there Jodi Quinlan can decide who she wants to sit behind and allow this gelding to use his brilliant turn of foot.

Menangle

Best bet: Race 7, No. 3 Revy Jay
I was keen on Drop The Hammer last Saturday, and he saluted, beating home this guy narrowly. I think Revy Jay can turn the tables on him seven days later. He had the 1-1 sit last weekend and loomed large to win. The winner just had too much class late and fought on to win. Back to the mile, I think this suits him better, and already he has moved from $5 to $4. I’d take the $4 because I reckon he could nearly start favourite.

Next best: Race 1, No. 2 Fear Crusin
You have to believe what you have seen from this guy this prep. He’s been very well placed by the Morris camp, and they have been rewarded with a number of wins, the latest two starts resulting in dominant wins at Newcastle. Has won by big spaces, and two back over the mile he ran a 1:52.8 mile rate. That should see him measure up here.

Value: Race 3, No. 3 Jay Ok
Expensive Ego looks the real deal and should be winning, hence the $1.35 on offer, but from a price perspective Jay Ok is the value for sure at $7.50. I was on him last Saturday, his first run since 14 November and he just got too far back, but his late splits were outstanding in a very fast-run mile rate. If he can hold a forward spot from the gate, he’s in this race big time.

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Sydney racing selections: Randwick tips for Saturday, 9 January

It was a great start to the year last Saturday with our speculator saluting at $20-plus and a couple of other late winners making things even better. Thanks for your comments – good to see a few of you tracked me down. It’s back to Randwick this week with a few similar patterns and some […]

Sydney racing selections: Randwick tips for Saturday, 9 January

It was a great start to the year last Saturday with our speculator saluting at $20-plus and a couple of other late winners making things even better.

Thanks for your comments – good to see a few of you tracked me down. It’s back to Randwick this week with a few similar patterns and some nice value across the card.

I’ve done form around a sort of middle ground of a Soft 6 track condition, and the usual ten units are in play.

Last week

Outlay: Ten units.
Return: 29.2 units.

2020-21 season (since 1 August)

Outlay: 295 units.
Return: 395.2 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.

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Randwick selections

Race 1: No. 7 Dawn Too Good (two units)
I’m hoping lightning can strike twice in the opener. Dawn Too Good has the same Cejay Graham-Gary and John Moore combination as last week’s big winner, Nuclear Summit, and follows a similar sort of formula. He comes into this with okay form at provincial level carrying weight. He will be up close to the lead and carries no weight thanks to the apprentice claim. His distance stats include a five-length win – albeit over donkeys at Bathurst – while both his wins have been on a slow surface.

Race 3: No. 6 River Charge (one unit)
This is a tricky little race with not much between the horses. I think River Charge is overs stepping up in grade after a few nice wins in the bush. Trainer Theresa Bateup is on fire at present and the mile-sting out are both ticks.

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Race 4: No. 10 Dream Circle (one unit)
If the last race was tricky, this one has given me a few headaches – I had seven of the nine runners valued between $8 and $12! I will have a very small play on Dream Circle. He won nicely at big odds last start and might have found his happy place at 1400 metres with give in the track. Starla, St Covet’s Spirit and even Onslaught are all chances. All Time Legend might be a gun, but I’ll risk him at even money.

Race 5: No. 8 Above and Beyond (one unit)
Above and Beyond is a horse that seems to find a bit of trouble – he is prone to missing the kick or getting checked in the straight. He rates highly in this down in weight and is a juicy price. The slow track is fine – he is normally worse than midfield and running on, so the extra trip might be a blessing.

Race 6: No. 11 Pandano (two units)
A few of these are backing up from Big Parade’s nice win the week before Christmas. Pandano meets him three and a half kilos better for that and is ready to peak third-up. Handspun is a worry fresh and I’m wary of Bulletin having his first start in Oz for that dangerous Clark-Waterhouse pairing.

Race 7: No. 3 Spirit Ridge (one unit)
I’m not taken by anything in this one. I think Laure Me In and Spirit Ridge are the ones with the runs on the board and might fight it out. I’m leaning to the Ridge with a good record on soft going, but at under 2:1 I’m not getting overly excited.

Race 8: No. 6 Sacramento (one unit)
After taking Sacramento first-up at an unsuitable distance and him running a nice third, I really have to go again with more running in his legs for this. I’ll get exotic and look to add New Arrangement, Space is Deep and Miss Redoble.

Race 9: No. 6 Dame Kiri (one unit)
Dame Kiri rates on top in the last. She’s in career-best form, winning both starts this prep. She’s adept carrying weight, is consistent and handles all conditions. A few will likely start in my quaddie – Stawb is close to a win, Bowery Breeze won well for me last time and ten and 11 rate well.

Good luck, everyone. Keep the comments coming and stay safe wherever you’re enjoying the racing action.

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