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Harness racing selections: Tuesday, May 4

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Roar Guru
3rd May, 2021
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There are two meetings to look at on Tuesday, with my attention being on Albion Park and Menangle.

Below are the best bets for the respective programs.

Albion Park

Best bet: Race 7, Number 4, My Ultimate Baxter
A juvenile taking on the older horses is fraught with danger, but he looks a decent prospect and he can make it two from two to start his career. There was a lot of quality about his win here on debut last Tuesday, getting the suck run behind the speed before angling clear and he let down like a good horse. I am confident he gets the job done.

Next best: Race 1, Number 8, Princess Faith
She is hit-and-miss but when she puts it together, as she did when winning here on Friday, she is talented. She won on Friday and it was her manners that was a big part of why she got the job done. It was heart in your mouth early, but if she does everything right, she’s clearly the one to beat.

Value: Race 5, Number 1, Don Heston
His recent form is so-so, but he gets a lovely draw to use this time around and he can run a much improved race. I was on his back last Tuesday and he just got too far back from the inside second-row draw. This horse has now drawn the pole. I’d love to see Grant Dixon drive positively, hold a forward spot and prove hard to run down.

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Menangle

Best bet: Race 3, Number 4, Vincent Van Gone
This horse is a former Kiwi who should make a winning account in Australia. His form from NZ reads quite well for what looks like a moderate race. He has shown good gate speed when racing over there, so I expect him to find the front, get control and with class on his side, he’ll be too good for this lot.

Next best: Race 5, Number 8, Muscle Factory
It is a bit of a D-Day for him here. His best would spank them. He was tested against some big boys in the recent Riverina Championship and in the big one, he failed to fire and was a flop. This is a serious drop in depth and grade for him and at his best, he should be winning.

Value: Race 1, Number 1, Alpine Retreat
With due respect, this is a pretty ordinary trot race, so I’ll take a chance on the former Kiwi, who makes his Australian debut. You should get double figures for him despite being a former Kiwi given his form there is plain. But these former Kiwis generally measure up, and his Penrith trial to get ready was a definite pass mark.