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Harness racing selections: Friday, November 19

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Roar Guru
18th November, 2021
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There are two meetings to look at on Friday night, with my attention being at Newcastle and Melton.

Below are the best bets for the respective programs.

Newcastle

Best bet: Race 2, Number 8, Drum Withers
The gate looks tricky, potentially nasty, but with a class edge on his side, he’ll be too good. This horse was massive in defeat at Penrith last time given he did all the work near the speed and just felt the pinch late. If he can get across and find the front, then it’s race over.

Next best: Race 4, Number 6, Stick Man
This horse is a bit like Drum Withers. It could be a sticky gate, but if he gets normal luck, he should be winning. He did plenty of work last start at Penrith and battled on pretty well. This horse just needs to slot in from the draw, ideally one off, and if that does eventuate, he is the one they have to beat.

Value: Race 6, Number 9, Sunny Town
It is an interesting set-up for this mare. This horse resumed off a mini break at Bankstown on Monday where she showed gate speed to lead but tired late, finishing down the track. This horse has drawn inside the second row here, so could lob leaders back, three back at worst. From that spot, she can run a much improved race at odds.

Melton

Best bet: Race 4, Number 4, Cover Of Darkness
His manners can be a bit iffy, but for the most part, he’s safe. And if indeed he is safe here, he just wins. This horse is a high quality trotter that resumes and looks to be tuned right up off the back of a sharp trial win at Maryborough. He should find the front and dominate proceedings.

Next best: Race 2, Number 1, Would You Mind
This bloke has had no luck with barriers in recent runs but that all changes here, coming up with the pole. This horse pushed forward to lead last time and stuck to the task really well. Now drawn the pole, he should have little trouble holding up and from in front, he’ll take beating here.

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Value: Race 6, Number 1, Lotamuscle
He is definitely worth an each-way ticket. This horse ran here last Saturday night when dragged back from the wide gate to find cover and was good late behind Maori Law. Now this horse has a significant barrier upgrade with the pole and has the speed to hold a spot, ideally leaders back. From there, he can be quite dangerous.

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