Plenty of action Harness Racing wise this Australia Day, with the focus on Albion Park and Tabcorp Park Menangle. Down below is best bets for the respective programs.
Eight races will be run and won at Menangle on Tuesday, with the first getting underway at 1.46pm Sydney time.
These are my previews and tips for the meeting.
I’m pretty keen on Sally Em in the opener. She looked full of running at Canberra last time out but broke, galloped and lost all hope. She has the gate speed to lead these up, and while she can be hit and miss, her best should see her win.
Suggested bet: Sally Em to win.
This looks pretty straightforward with Golden Lion, who led throughout and was dominant winning here last Tuesday. Tricky draw, but he has gate speed and is clearly the one to beat against this lot.
Suggested bet: Golden Lion to win.
She’s a two-year-old taking on older horses, but The Wolf has looked impressive in recent Menangle trials. If she brings that to race day here, she will win comfortably. It’s not easy for a two-year-old on debut taking on seasoned pacers, but she looks smart. Ideally I would love $2-plus, but I’d take as short as $1.50 for her. She looks to have a bit on these. She’s the best of the day.
Suggested bet: The Wolf to win.
Going to speck one each way here in the shape of Denevue Star. Blake Fitzpatrick trains and drives. I think she has enough gate speed to find the front and give some cheek at double figures. She broke under pressure last time out but she’s a much better horse from the mobile, and I think she can find the front and give a sight.
Suggested bet: Denevue Star each way.
This is a bit of a bludger of a race. I’m looking for something with value, and I think Nightwatch Star will indeed be that. This former WA filly had her first run for Leon Jurd at Canberra when dragged back from the gate and finding the line pretty well. She does no work from the pole, and provided there are eight starters, I think she’s a worthy each-way play.
Suggested bet: Nightwatch Star each way.
This looks like a race in two, but I like Bo Yang, who was just so impressive when winning here last time out from the front, gapping his rivals by over 20 metres and running a sizzling 1.52-mile rate, which is good going for this grade. She comfortably leads from the pole and will give the New Zealand import Ball of Art something to chase.
Suggested bet: Bo Yang to win.
Artemis brings the right form. She’s on the quick back up after racing here on Saturday in a strong race when near the speed and battling away strongly in defeat when second to Arma Hotshot. From gate three she should find the front and prove hard to beat.
Suggested bet: Artemis to win.
This is a bludger of a race to close out the meeting, so I’m going wide for a 1×3 play and have landed with Deano Robyn. He’s been an old warrior for Ian Wilson for a number of years and generally is around the mark at this level, the latest run coming last Tuesday here behind Hickstead in a real leader-dominated affair. I can see him getting to $30-plus and running a sneaky race from the pegs.
Suggested bet: 1×3 on Deano Robyn.