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Harness racing selections: Breeders Crown at Melton

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19th November, 2021

It is a massive night of racing at Melton on Saturday, for Breeders Crown night.

There are ten races, eight of them at Group 1 level. Below is a preview.

Race 1: Breeders Crown Championship (four-year-old boys)
This is all about 11. Honolua Bay for me. That is a high quality animal that led and won like a star first up, running a dazzling time in the process. He won’t be leading early from the wide gate, but he has shown previously he can be just as effective when racing off the speed. He’ll be around even money/odds on, but he should be winning.

Race 2: Breeders Crown Final (three-year-old trotting boys)
The bet here is each way with 1. Watts Up Majestic. He tried to qualify for the Victoria Derby but couldn’t run well enough in the heat to get a spot. He comes up with a perfect draw here, likely trailing Aldebaran Zeus, and from there, he can only run well at double figures.

Harness racing close finish

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Race 3: Breeders Crown Final (two-year-old trotting girls)
2. Tough Love is one of the better bets on the entire card. She has gate speed, she has good manners, she’s got change up speed, she is hard fit and she is in form. These two-year-old trotters, they don’t need much to go wrong for them to jump off stride. She seems pretty bombproof. She should find the front and prove mighty hard to run down.

Race 4: Breeders Crown Final (two-year-old trotting boys)
6. Plymouth Chubb is looking to make it 11 wins on the bounce and I see no reason why he can’t. I loved the way he toughed it out to win the Redwood at Maryborough and is a rising star of the trotting ranks. Despite a wide gate, he should bully his way to the front and be too strong.

Race 5: Breeders Crown Final (two-year-old boys)
It is an open race with a host of chances. I’m going each way with 2. My Ultimate Baxter. This horse had the sit behind Catch A Wave when racing here last time out and though safely held, battled on really well. He has gate speed, so he could find the front, then opt for cover. He’s the bet at the odds.

Harness racing

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Race 6: Breeders Crown Final (three-year-old boys)
The each-way bet for me is 4. American Dealer. The Kiwi hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in Victoria but his run in a lead up to this last start was very good when a close up second. Ideally, I’d love to see him settle in the first four or so, ideally 1/1. If he gets that spot or something similar, he has the engine under the hood to win.

Race 7: Breeders Crown Final (three-year-old girls)
Once upon a time, it was a case of Ladies In Red by how far. In recent weeks though, a few fillies have stepped up to the plate big time. 2. Beach Music has turned the corner and is establishing herself as a star. She loves to roll on speed and that is the set-up she’ll get here from the good draw. It’ll take a special performance to run her down.

Race 8: Breeders Crown Final (two-year-old girls)
9. Fiamma potentially gets the A1 map from the second-row draw. She follows out a fast beginner, so potentially could settle in the first few and then comes right into play as a winning threat. Recent runs have been good and if the map is indeed correct, she’ll run well as an each-way bet.

Horse trots around track

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Race 9: Breeders Crown Final (three-year-old trotting girls)
The good thing on the program is 6. Queen Elida. She’s a star and simply is just better than these. This horse is six from six this time in and she can do it from anywhere, whether it be in front, parked, sitting back and running on. This time, she should lead and from there, it should be a painless watch.

Race 10: Breeders Crown Championship (four-year-old girls)
Class should come to the fore in the last via 10. Amazing Dream. It was a mighty, mighty run last Saturday here, doing a monster amount of work in the run and only felt the pinch late. Hopefully that hasn’t busted her because the set-up here looks perfect. The front row will pour the pressure on, she sits back, waits for the anchor drop, peels out to land on speed and with her class, she should be too good.