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Harness racing selections: Wednesday, February 3

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Roar Guru
2nd February, 2021
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There are two meetings to preview on Wednesday, with Bathurst and Geelong hosting solid enough cards.

Below are the best bets for the respective programs.

Bathurst

Best bet: Race 1, Number 7, Dargos Jet
This horse has really turned his form around since Michael Muscat and looks well placed to record another win. This horse had a close-up second last Wednesday here when drawing the second row. This horse is drawn wide here, so it will be interesting to see what Matt Rue does but if he bullies his way to the front, it’ll be race over.

Next best: Race 5, Number 5, Maximus Red
This horse is a Steve Turnbull-trained gelding who has been a model of consistency this time in. This horse’s last run came last Wednesday here when leading and trying hard but just tired late. It will be interesting to see what Amanda Turnbull does, whether she hunts up to lead or opts for cover. Whatever scenario, he’s the one to beat.

Value: Race 2, Number 1, Pom Pay
I am happy to back this veteran mare each way. This horse hasn’t been far away of late and she strikes a pretty thin race, so from the pole, she only runs well. This horse was good in defeat last Wednesday when awkwardly drawn so if the inside is used to advantage, she’ll run a positive race at double figures.

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Geelong

Best bet: Race 1, Number 9, Major Mal
I am really keen on this four-year-old. This horse’s two runs back from a break have been super, bolting up fresh at Cranbourne before going to Melton where he just had far too much to do in a messy race. But I loved the way he closed off when a close-up third to Highclere. If he’s within range on the turn, he should prove too good.

Next best: Race 3, Number 2, Glens Of Tekoa
He has been a beaten odds-on pop his past two but if you stick fat one more time, you’ll be rewarded. This horse had excuses two back at Kilmore when gallant in defeat. This horse’s last start was at Mildura. That track is very tricky. Some horses can handle it and some can’t. He was the former. This horse should find the front and take a power of beating.

Value: Race 5, Number 1, Trent From Punchy
His recent form has been more than sound and he does have gate speed, so he is worth an each-way ticket. This horse put together a couple of wins on the bounce before going to Wedderburn where he got back from a tricky gate and finished off strongly to run a close-up second. He can lead and run a big race.