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Harness racing selections: Saturday, December 4

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Roar Guru
3rd December, 2021

There are two meetings to look at on Saturday night, with my focus at Melton and Globe Derby.

Below are the best bets for the respective programs.


Best bet: Race 7, Number 3, Jilliby Sylvester
He did the right thing by us last Saturday and buttering up. This horse copped some pressure in front last week but I loved the way he dug in when required. He fended them off and was too good. He should get a pretty comfortable lead from the draw here and take beating.

Next best: Race 9, Number 5, Bondi Lockdown
The market will be fascinating with this guy given he is first up in two months, so the fitness levels are unknown. But there is no doubting he is the best horse in the race. He ran a beauty in the Derby at Bendigo last time, when fifth behind a star, Act Now. If he’s forward enough, he should be winning.

Value: Race 8, Number 1, Plan Ce
He lacks the class of some of these, so he’s more of a 1×3 bet, but he’s the right odds for that kind of speck. He hasn’t had a gate like this to do no work in some time. He had to work last time from two to find the front then get cover, tiring late. This time, with Chris Alford, this horse should be able to land a soft run behind the speed and could be dangerous at a price.

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Globe Derby

Best bet: Race 4, Number 9, Mercenary
This horse just needs to trot all the way and he’ll be winning. This horse galloped and threw away chance last start in the Breeders Crown Final behind a star, Plymouth Chubb. He brings the A1 Victorian form and is taking on what looks to be an average bunch of SA trotters. Trots all the way, he wins.

Next best: Race 9, Number 2, My Used To Be
He’s a three-year-old, but he is the best trotter SA has at the moment. This horse is two from two this time in, winning by big spaces. With each run his manners are getting better and better, racing with much more traction and becoming a very reliable and quality trotter. There is no real depth here, he should prove too good.

Value: Race 6, Number 8, Monsieur Steel
There is a big price gap here – too big of a gap between this guy and Art Jester. There was only five metres separating them in the heat, with Art Jester winning, but Monsieur Steel was parked and did a really good job to stick on for second. Art Jester is nearly favourite whereas this guy will likely be $31+. That’s a big gap and at the odds, especially with the map, I have to have something on each way.