There are two meetings to look at this Friday, with Albion Park and Ballarat getting my attention.
These are my best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet – Race 2, No. 4: A Rainbow Delight
She’s the good thing on the program. She hasn’t raced since 27 February when a close up fifth here in a much stronger race than what she faces today. It’s been a little while between runs, but she looked sharp in a recent trial at Redcliffe. All things being equal, she has a decent margin on this lot.
Next-best bet – Race 1, No. 1: Okanagan
It’s always intriguing when seeing the younger trotters taking on the older, more seasoned campaigners. He was the best juvenile trotter in Queensland last season and by far, so it’s really interesting that he’s resuming against the older horses. To be fair, this isn’t a strong race, and he does have a 20-metre head start on his rivals.
Value – Race 5, No. 1: Bee Gees Best
It’s a bit of a throw at the stumps at odds via this gelding. His recent runs haven’t been too bad, so you should get a decent price for him. I thought he wasn’t too bad here last time out from just off the speed when he admittedly beat just one runner home, but he wasn’t beaten far. He has the inside gate to hold a forward spot, likely behind the leader, and he can run a positive race.
Best bet – Race 3, No. 7: Our Downunder Mach
She hasn’t raced in just under three years, but this is a race of little depth, and she has trialled really well in readiness. That latest trial came at Melton, where she ran second in pretty slick time after leading and opting for cover. Off the trial she has the gate speed to cross these, and should she find the front, then clearly she’s the one to beat.
Next-best bet – Race 4, No. 3: Celebration Stride
This is a good race for the trotters, but this guy looks like a good prospect. He has raced alongside Patriot Stride in both Australian runs, finishing fourth to him in the first start before getting the suck run behind him last start at Maryborough and blousing him. He should find the front here under Chris Alford and take a power of beating.
Value – Race 6, No. 8: Flash Kyvalley
He hasn’t really set the world on fire in recent runs, but to be fair, they have come at Tabcorp Park in Melton. I just don’t think he is a city-class horse. This looks more his level, and he does have a good trailing draw to use, potentially holding leaders back. Should that eventuate, he’ll run a much improved race at odds.