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Harness racing selections: Saturday, January 16

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Roar Guru
15th January, 2021
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There are a couple of bumper cards of racing on Saturday. 

The highlight is in Shepparton, where it is Shepparton Pacing Cup Night. In Sydney, racing is in Menangle. Below are the best bets for the respective programs.

Bendigo

Best bet: Race 6, Number 7, McLovin
Reading this, it will come across as silly in saying $1.40 is overs. But really, on exposed form, McLovin is overs at $1.40. His win last Saturday in the Maori Mile was unbelievable given the work he did yet he still fended them off. This horse draws wide, but should press forward, find the front, and just win. He really should be $1.10 against this lot.

Next best: Race 7, Number 2, Bulletproof Boy
Lochinvar Art should lead and win. So, it’s a battle for the second spot. Bulletproof Boy will have first crack at it given he should land the back of the champion and his effort last Saturday in the Bendigo Cup was a beauty. The jury is out on Our Uncle Sam and Malcolm’s Rhythm was comfortably held by Lochinvar Art two back. I like $3.50 or thereabouts for Bulletproof Boy to run second.

Value: Race 5, Number 8, Animal
His winning chances will depend on whether Watch List holds the lead from the pole. If it does, then Animal is a great 1×3 bet, especially if he can hold leaders back. This horse has been plagued by terrible gates in recent times but should land the box seat, three back at worst. He’s going well and is a bet for sure at odds.

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Menagle

Best bet: Luke McCarthy, three-plus winners
Sportsbet are offering $2 for McCarthy to drive three-plus winners for the meeting and that looks like a great bet given he will be steering two $1.20 or $1.30 favourites, as well as a couple of other short-priced favourites. He is the form driver in NSW and should steer home at least three.

Next best: Race 7, Number 2, Revy Jay
I was on him last Saturday to beat Drop The Hammer but he broke in the score up and was a non factor before the mobile sped away. Prior form suggested he was ready to win and Drop The Hammer isn’t racing. Conan Bridge is favourite, but Revy Jay is the better bet at around $3.50.

Value: Race 4, Number 1, Stagger Lee
This is more of a place bet, because all things being equal, Rockin Marty should greet the judge first after his impressive effort at Goulburn on Sunday. Stagger Lee ran at Menangle on Tuesday and was disappointing. I like the quick back up and if he can get the sit behind Rockin Marty, he runs top three.