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Harness racing selections: Saturday, March 27

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Roar Guru
26th March, 2021
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There are two meetings to look at on Saturday night, headlined by the Bathurst Gold Crown meeting. There are also races in Melton. 

Below are the best bets for the respective programs.

Bathurst

Best bet: Race 3, Number 6, Watts Up Sunshine
This horse is short but sweet. This horse is a progressive three-year-old for Rickie Alchin that comes here off the back of a spank job of his rivals at Bathurst last Wednesday night when leading throughout and justifying the short quote. Around $1.60 or $1.70 is a fair enough price and this horse should find the front, dominate proceedings and showcase his class.

Next best: Race 5, Number 2, Just Hope
This horse is a good thing in the Gold Tiara Final. Her heat win was simply outstanding from the front. The change-up speed she produced when asked for the effort was enormous and that of a top juvenile. This horse should have little trouble in finding the lead from Gate 2 and from there, it should be a painless watch.

Value: Race 4, Number 9, Slick Sophie
I can easily have a 1×3 speck on her at big odds. I doubt she can beat the big two guns in betting, but stranger things have happened and she does have the perfect trailing draw to follow out Anntonia, who should hold the front from the pole. Slick Sophie has enough early toe to kick up, hold its back and potentially be dangerous via the sprint lane.

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Melton

Best bet: Race 6, Number 6, Eureka
I’m really keen on this Andy Gath runner. Forget last start for him. It was in one of those silly 1200-metre races, which are pointless. This looks a much better set-up for him this time around and he shows brilliant early speed from the mobile, so I am expecting Kate Gath to come out humming, find the front and take a power of beating.

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Next best: Race 7, Number 6, Sleepee
This horse is fast becoming one of the best trotting mares in Australia. She keeps getting underestimated by the market and she continues to win. There was alarming betting drift last start but once she found the front. She was pretty much a $1.10 chance and duly saluted. If she finds the front, she’s a $1.10 chance again. I am not sure she can, but she has class.

Value: Race 4, Number 6, Watch Pulp Fiction
He’s a great each-way gamble at odds. This horse has had a few runs now for Jodi Quinlan and has been quite good each time he has stepped out. He is a horse who loves to sit back off the speed and launch late, and there are a host of runners here who like to showcase gate speed, so hopefully it is set up for him to finish over the top.