It is a fabulous night of harness racing on Saturday, headlined of course by the Hunter Cup in Melton, while in Menangle, a Chariots Of Fire berth awaits the winner of the Group 2 Hondo Grattan.
Below are the best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 8, Number 1, Our Princess Tiffany
I’m really surprised she isn’t favourite. Chris Alford is steering. He won’t give up the inside and the lead, and should the mare hold up and lead this field, the $2.30 or thereabouts on offer will become $1.30. She is absolutely flying this time in and is very much deserving of a Group 1 success.
Next best: Race 7, Number 2, Alta Orlando (place)
Odds of $2-plus for him to run top three is one of the better bets on the card. He is a very fast horse from the mobile and with Alford steering, he should find the front quite comfortably. Given the hot pot Lochinvar Art follows him out, that horse will lead. From there, Alta Orlando will get the trail and the perfect sit in transit.
Value: Race 1, Number 8, Albarock
I am not sure he wins, but I can back this horse 1×3 at big odds. This horse should land the box-seat sit behind likely leader Hugo Rocks, who should get the lead comfortably with little front-end pressure. This horse had excuses last time, and that followed a luckless effort at Shepparton. He can sneak a top three finish at big odds.
Best bet: Race 7, Number 5, Drop The Hammer
At this level, Drop The Hammer is the best trotter in NSW so I’m more than happy to take anything above $2. This horse showed good gate speed to lead last time out and once he found the front, it was race over and he was far too good. This horse has drawn better, has the gate speed to find the front and all things being equal, he’ll win again.
Next best: Race 5, Number 1, Jay Ok
Odds of $6 or thereabouts is a fair enough gamble for Jay Ok, who should get a lovely run from the inside gate. This horse will be much better than the run he got last time when drawing wide and being forced to sit in the breeze. This horse did a good job to stick on like he did. If he can hold a forward spot, he’ll only run well.
Value: Race 1, Number 2, Wattlebank Lass
Odds of $7.50 are probably as short as I’d take but she may get to double figures come post time. Forget she went around last Wednesday at Bathurst. This horse was tardy from the start and broke, costing herself any chance of winning. This horse has gate speed so if she can hold a forward spot, she’ll take a power of beating at good odds.