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Harness racing selections: Thursday, February 18

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Roar Guru
17th February, 2021
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Two meetings to look at on Thursday night, with Penrith hosting their traditional timeslot, while in Victoria, racing takes place at Ballarat. Down below are the best bets for the respective programs.

Penrith

Best bet: Race Four Number 1 Out Megastar

Any glimpse of his recent Menangle efforts and he’ll be winning this. I was keen on him last time out at Newcastle.

He drew the second row and ran okay, but was disappointing. Draws the inside this time around and should hold a forward spot. If he leads, then it’s race over.

Next best: Race One Number 1 Etiz Amodel
She is a decent enough gamble in the opener.

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Ian Wilson trains with Blake Fitzpatrick to drive. She was going just fair but her last couple of efforts have been quite strong from tricky draws. She can get the back of the leader here from the pole and prove very hard to beat with luck getting clear.

Value: Race Seven Number 1 Pearl Button
She’s decent enough value in a winnable race.

She’s shown good gate speed to lead her past couple here and has run okay without attacking the line. She might be better with a bunny to chase, so hopefully can land leaders back and from there, she’ll only run well at odds.

Ballarat

Best bet: Race Six Number 6 Imagoldcloud

Looks the best on the program. The Alfords combine with this gelding, who drops a fair bit in overall depth after racing pretty well during a recent rich series.

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This looks a very suitable race for this four-year-old and with Chris Alford steering, I dare say he’ll press forward and prove hard to run down.

Next best: Race Four Number 5 Master Stride
Tricky race with all the runners being first starters, but I was impressed by the trial of this colt. He sat back and closed off strongly in good time under no real pressure in a nice piece of work. Betting will be the guide, but off the trials, he’s the one to beat, but as I said, watch the market.

Value: Race Eight Number 1 My Used To Be
Former South Australian-trained trotter that looks a knockout chance despite strong depth engaged.

First run in Victoria came at Yarra Valley when getting leaders back and sprinting well. He’ll get a similar run this time around and although this is harder, he is a winner and has upside to come.

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