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Harness racing selections: Saturday, March 20

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Roar Guru
19th March, 2021
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There are two meetings to look at on Saturday night, with a couple of strong cards set down for Melton and Menangle. Below are the best bets for the respective programs.

Melton

Best bet: Race 7, Number 8, Wolf Stride
The draw is far from ideal, but on class, he just has panels on these. Keep in mind that two weeks ago he ran a slashing third in the Miracle Mile behind King Of Swing, and obviously that form just reads far superior to anything engaged. No matter where he is in the run, he should be too good for this lot.

Next best: Race 8, Number 4, Red Hot Tooth
This veteran mare is a flat track bully. It’s lead or bust for her, and she does look the leader, so she gets a great chance to get another feature win on the board. This horse has been somewhat disappointing in her past few runs but that is because she hasn’t been able to lead. She’ll be in front here and prove hard to run down.

Value: Race 9, Number 9, Are Doubleyou
This bet is more of a 1×3 speck. He lacks the class of some of these, but he does have a lovely trailing draw, following out a key market contender in Equity Stride. Not much went his way at Shepparton last time but he’ll get a lovely run in transit here, potentially sitting in the first few, and can run a positive race at odds.

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Menangle

Best bet: Race 5, Number 7, Cruz
This horse gets a great chance to get back into the winners list. He’s taken on elite company in his past few races and while he hasn’t won, he has been far from disgraced each time. I am not sure how well Ignatius is going and he’s drawn wide, so Cruz can find the front here from six (emergency out) and prove hard to get past.

Next best: Race 6, Number 1, La Bella Vita
It should be a painless watch at likely short odds. This horse is a former Kiwi that won her first four runs for the McCarthy camp before racing here last Saturday. This horse had to get dragged back from the wide gate but finished off strongly when second to an in-form Elroy Jetson. This horse has drawn the pole. This horse should hold the lead and win.

Value: Race 2, Number 2, Elroy Jetson
He’s been a beauty for a number of years, predominantly with Kevin Pizzuto. He was big odds last Saturday but he got his A1 set-up. There was fast speed in front and good drag up into the straight and this horse produced a brilliant sustained last 400-metre sprint to win and win well. I am not sure how positive the inside gate is, but he’ll be decent odds again.