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Harness racing selections: Thursday, January 27

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Roar Guru
26th January, 2022
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Two meetings to look at on Thursday, with my focus at Shepparton and Redcliffe. Down below are the best bets for the respective programs.

Shepparton

Best Bet: Race 10, Number 3, Lochinvar Jag
Should be a short but sweet watch in the get out. Talented three-year-old for David Moran who resumed here just under two weeks ago in the George Head Memorial where he attempted to lead throughout. Looked the winner for the most part but was nabbed late, with condition just giving way. Should lead here and win.

Next-best: Race 9, Number 4, Our Major Jack
If he runs up his recent trial performance, this should be an easy kill at his Australian debut. Had one run in NZ, where he didn’t set the world on fire. Now with Julie Douglas, his recent Bendigo trial win was an outstanding piece of work in fast time. That was good enough to take care of this race.

Value: Race 1, Number 1, Blue Ocean
I think he’ll go around big odds here and if indeed that is the case, I can easily have a small 1×3 play on him. He hasn’t been far away of late, and has had some tricky gates to contend with. That all changes here with the pole draw. If he was able to land leaders back, he only runs well at a price.

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Redcliffe

Best bet: Race 1, Number 9, Bejiggity
This filly looks to have her share of talent and confident at start four, she can break her maiden tag. Had to sit parked last Thursday when racing here but she didn’t turn it up and got close to knocking off Mullum Doc in a good effort. Draws to get a good sit and prove too strong late.

Next-best: Race 7, Number 1, Battlecraft
He looks the one to beat. Overall, his form is just fair, but is 1/1 at the track and that win came three back when a strong all the way winner after copping heat in front. I think he should have little trouble holding up from the pole and in front, he’s clearly the one to beat.

Value: Race 2, Number 1, Im A Classy Girl
I think she’s an each way special. Mullum Doc is the likely winner, but this mare gets the perfect map, ideally getting the ideal sit behind the hot pot. Has been far from disgraced her past few and from the pole, I’d be shocked if she doesn’t run top three.

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