There are two meetings to look at on Wednesday night, with my attention at Redcliffe and Bathurst. Below are the best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 1, Number 1, Paratrouper
I was on his back when an all-the-way winner here last time and I am confident he repeats the dose. He saves his best for this track and loves to race from the front. That was the set-up when winning last time and it looks to be an identical set up here. He’ll do me.
Next best: Race 4, Number 1, Chanceless Century
It has been a little while between wins but this gelding finds a perfect race to bounce back into winning form. It was a game effort from outside the speed here last Wednesday when a narrow second. This horse comes up with a good draw to use gate speed and from there, he’ll take beating.
Value: Race 2, Number 1, Our Ultimate Vicki
This mare is in with a shout at odds. This horse resumed here last Thursday when getting a bad check early before eventually landing a decent spot behind the speed. Being first up, her condition just gave way. I am not jumping up and down with confidence, but is worth a 1×3 speck at odds.
Best bet: Race 1, Number 8, Perfect Cut
I am pretty keen on this gelding, who has done little wrong since coming from NZ. This horse was on speed at Parkes last time out and was only run down late by a horse who had a suck run behind. This horse has drawn wide, but has gate speed, so I can see him rolling forward and proving quite hard to get past.
Next best: Race 3, Number 3, Cassius Deck
This horse has been hot and cold in recent times, but all things being equal, he has a bit on these. Forgive the run from Parkes last time, doing work to sit on speed and tiring late when sixth. This horse has good gate speed, so he finds the front and if he produces anything near his best, he’ll be much too good.
Value: Race 6, Number 9, Im Major Harry
This horse is a Nathan Hurst-trained gelding that looks well placed here from the draw to be quite dangerous as an each-way play. This horse had a second-row draw when racing here last time out and failed to come on. From inside the second row, he follows out a fast beginner, so potentially lands leaders back and from there, he only runs well.