There are two meetings to look at on Saturday night, with Albion Park and Bendigo getting my focus. Below are the best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 9, Number 1, Imasportsstar
He hasn’t set the world on fire in four runs back from a break, but this is the first time this prep he comes up with a good gate. Sectionals wise, he has been pretty good without threatening, so he’s sneakily going well and with the gate to use speed and lead, he’ll take a power of beating.
Next best: Race 3, Number 1, King Triton
He’s a hard horse to catch but he does his best racing from the front and has the draw to do that. Forget his run last Saturday when dragged back, wide in the run and couldn’t finish it off. This horse has drawn much better this time around, he should find the front and run a bold race in front.
Value: Race 8, Number 8, Mach Torque
This horse has a draw to do no work in the run and run a cheeky race at odds. Recent runs have come at Redcliffe and for the most part, this horse has been far from disgraced. If the inside horse can hold up and potentially lead, Mach Torque lands box seat and from there, she’ll only run well.
Best bet: Race 8, Number 13, King Of Swing
Only one horse since 2000 has won from a second-row draw to win the Victoria Cup, so history says King Of Swing has none, but he’s just better than this lot. He can sit parked, do work and still be brilliant at the end. This horse smashed the clock when winning last Saturday at Menangle when leading throughout. The draw is tough, and he’ll have to work, but he has shown previously he can do that successfully.
Next best: Race 9, Number 3, Majestuoso
He has claims to being the best trotter in Australia and just looks primed to register another big race win. This horse did the work out wide on speed when racing here last Saturday but it mattered not to him. He gave them a belting and was much too good. It is a front-line draw this time. He should find the front and from there dominate proceedings.
Value: Race 5, Number 2, Sicario
His best days are behind him but he still maintains a healthy zest for racing and he comes up with a draw where he can find the front and run a bold race. This horse was far from disgraced fresh in a hot race at Ballarat when taking cover and not quite being able to sustain the sprint. He’ll run a much improved race and 1×3 at odds, he’ll do me.