There’s a stack of quality racing for Friday, both in the afternoon and evening.
The best bets for the respective programs are down below.
Best bet: Race 4 Number 1 Guts
This is more of an each-way best bet at hopefully a decent price. He’s eight years of age but is racing very well at the moment. He sat in the breeze last time out and fought on well when beaten a tick under ten metres in the third spot. He should land an ideal spot just off the speed from the pole and I think he’ll only run well at likely double-figure odds.
Best bet: Race 5 Number 1 Heavenly Gypsy
I thought this was a very tough meeting and it’s hard to find one with confidence. I landed with this two-year-old filly, who placed in 2/3 runs in her first prep before being spelled. She looked to go well enough in a recent Melton trial and has enough gate speed to hold up from the pole, lead and prove hard to beat, but first up the market will tell you if she’s ready.
Best bet: Race 8 Number 5 Kyvalley Clichy
I’m convinced that if he does everything right, he will take some beating here for Brent Lilley with Chris Alford to take the drive. He landed a beautiful spot in the Breeders Crown Final last time but was a bit erratic at times before eventually galloping and costing himself any chance of winning. He’s a smart trotter when he puts it all together and if he does do that here, think he’s the winner.
Best bet: Race 2 Number 1 Johnson Step
I’m pretty keen on this former Kiwi. His Australian debut came at this track and distance last Friday. He was backed as if he was a good thing off impressive trial work and duly saluted, bolting up and running a more than respectable 1.58 mile rate. He should hold the front from the inside and though this is tougher, if he looks smart and confident he wins again for the lethal combination of Clayton Harmey and Chris Geary.
Best best: Race 2 Number 1 Liam Neil
It looks a perfect race for the Hall Snr/Hall Jnr combo. He did work early last week, so I’d be forgiving of that outing at fourth. He has gate speed and will hold up and likely lead. It’s been a little while between wins, but he finds a very thin race and if he indeed does get control from the front and gets a cheap quarter, then it’s race over.