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Harness racing selections: Saturday, July 24

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Roar Guru
23rd July, 2021
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There are two meetings to look at on Saturday night, with my focus being on Menangle and Albion Park.

Below are the best bets for the respective programs.

Menangle

Best bet: Race 7, Number 6, Tasty Delight
This horse is a high quality three-year-old that will go around short but it should be a sweet watch and he can be a multi anchor. He beat up the older horses last Saturday and he was impressive in letting down and putting them away in good style. Back to three-year-old grade, even with bad luck, he wins.

Next best: Race 3, Number 10, Masons Delight
This guy is flying for Jack Trainor and I am confident he can win again. He ran here a tick under two weeks ago when forced to sit parked outside the speed but when the button was pushed, away he went and he was dominant. He has a tough draw to overcome again but he’s racing too well to go past.

Value: Race 2, Number 5, Old Luke
I can definitely back this guy 1×3 at a price. Amanda Turnbull trains with Isobel Ross to steer and at a price, he can measure up here. He ran at this track last Saturday when getting the 1/1 sit from a similar draw and battled on well to run fourth. The depth here is similar and that was his first run in around three weeks, so there is improvement to come.

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Albion Park

Best bet: Race 7, Number 1, King Of Swing
He’s the best in Australia and should confirm that here. This horse had a massive run in defeat last Saturday in the Sunshine Sprint, where the set-up just wasn’t his go. He’s a bully and has drawn the inside. He should lead comfortably, and really, anything over $1.10 is a gift. This horse should just win. If you wanted a roughie for a first four or a place, Colt Thirty One should get a suck run.

Next best: Race 2, Number 1, Ellmers Image
This gelding is clearly the one to beat with the barrier draw and the way it has landed. He can dominate from the front, so drawing the pole is absolute gold for him. He can sustain a run from the front as well, which is a definite advantage when racing at Albion Park, so I’m keen on his chances.

Value: Race 1, Number 1, Fairy Tinkabell
There is good depth to this line-up in the opener but I’m happy to back this in-form mare each way. This horse was a strong winner here last Friday when getting the sit behind the speed, getting the passing lane and dashing through to win well. There is a bit more depth to this line-up, but this horse has the gate speed to hold a forward spot, likely behind the leader, and get her chance via the sprint lane.

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