There are two meetings to look at on Wednesday. My attention is on Melton and Bathurst. Below are the best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 8, Number 1, Glens Of Tekoa
He’s hit and miss but when he is right, he’s handy and certainly good enough to beat these. This horse had a bludger of a run at Shepparton last time out, which was a couple of weeks back. This horse has since trialled and went sharply in that particular piece of work, running good time. I am confident we’ll see the best of him.
Next best: Race 1, Number 1, Three One Two One
This is a bludger of a race to start the meeting so ideally you want to bet on one that will be out of trouble on speed, and this mare will be out of trouble in front from the pole. She was good in defeat three back at Bendigo and after a couple of poor runs, she’s had a trial to tune up and looked pretty solid. She’s the one to beat.
Value: Race 5, Number 1, Cheddar Valley
Brent Lilley has this gelding racing pretty well at the moment. This horse had the one from one in the small field at Kilmore last time out and sprinted when asked, but just couldn’t quite greet the judge first when second. This horse has a lovely trailing draw to use here, likely sitting behind likely leader Targaryen Hanover, and using the sprint lane.
Best bet: Race 2, Number 6, Saint Julien
If the run last time out hasn’t busted him, he should be taking care of this lot. He got caught in a speed battle early just under two weeks ago here on Gold Crown Night. He was found wanting and tired badly, but the winner Lochinvar Chief looks like a rising star, so the form reads well. This horse has the gate speed to lead. I just hope that run hasn’t busted him.
Next best: Race 9, Number 2, Far Our Ringo
This horse should end the program with a good thing. It might not look like it on paper, but he went through the Gold Crown Series. This horse didn’t measure up, but was far from disgraced for the most part against top-class juveniles. This looks like being more his level. This horse should get his way to the front and prove too good.
Value: Race 3, Number 1, Im Jimmy James
He’s more of a 1×3 play at odds. He’s been thereabouts his past few but for the most part, he hasn’t really been helped by bad gates. That all changes here with the pole so from there, Stephanie Burley has a few options, whether to hold up or opt for cover. Whatever the scenario, he can run a positive race at a price.