There are two meetings to look at on Saturday night, with Albion Park and Menangle getting my focus.
Below are the best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 4, Number 1, Turn It Up
This just looks like a straightforward good thing to my eye. This horse has been kept on ice, having not raced since the Blacks A Fake at Group 1 level when running last. The depth here is clearly not as strong. He looks like the lone horse with early speed. This horse should find the front and prove much too good.
Next best: Race 9, Number 1, Doug
This horse is heart-in-your-mouth stuff at the start given it’s a standing start, but if he gets away cleanly, he should find the front, have control on speed and prove tough to get past. Forget last start given he made an early mistake and lost all hope. If he gets away cleanly, he’ll prove hard to beat.
Value: Race 1, Number 1, Double Or Nothing
Deus Ex looks hard to beat, but is short enough, so this guy each way at around double figures is a more than acceptable bet in the opener. This horse had the suck run behind the speed here last Saturday and battled on strongly when second to Bitcoin. This horse lands in the same spot again from the gate and is a threat for sure.
Best bet: Race 5, Number 9, Aldebaran Revani
This horse is a very exciting trotting mare for the McCarthy camp that is potentially one of the star trotters in Australia. There is no place to hide here given there is good depth engaged but she is a rising star. She’s winning by big spaces, running sharp time and doing it with a bit in reserve. I am confident she’ll make a big statement here.
Next best: Race 6, Number 10, Alta Orlando
He has found winning form after a stint in Queensland. The query will be whether he can translate it back home at Menangle. He’s drawn wide, but has blistering gate speed and if the button is pushed, he’ll lead. If he does lead and not spend all his petrol tickets, he’ll take a power of beating.
Value: Race 8, Number 3, Our Madiba
I am happy to speck him at odds. He does have good gate speed so he’ll lead early, then likely get a sit and grab leaders back. That is the spot he had last time out here and didn’t exactly finish it off. He’s drawn to get the economical sit in transit and is worth an each-way ticket.