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Harness racing selections: Saturday, April 16

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Roar Guru
15th April, 2022
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There are two meetings to look at on Saturday night, with my focus being at Albion Park and Melton. Below are the best bets for the respective programs.

Albion Park

Best bet: Race 7, Number 1, The Darling
It should be a pretty painless watch from the pole for this very much in-form mare. This horse did a mountain of work when racing here last time out and actually did a remarkable job to do as well as she did, only getting bloused late. This horse should lead comfortably and prove too good for this lot.

Next best: Race 8, Number 1, Betterthandiamonds
She’s found winning form and I am confident she holds it. This horse had been racing well at Redcliffe but clearly appreciated getting to Albion Park two weeks ago and the end result was a spank job of her rivals in a great return to winning form. This horse draws to lead and from in front, she’s clearly the one to beat.

Value: Race 1, Number 8, Maywyns Courage
1×3 at odds is worth a throw at the stumps in the opener. I’d be very forgiving of his run last Friday here when getting little room to move and this horse ended up having a flat tyre, so forget he went around. This horse draws inside the second row, so likely will be leaders back, three back at worst, do no work and charge late if he gets clear air.

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Melton

Best bet: Race 9, Number 1, Delightful Mia
Things just look suited to perfection for this mare and she’s clearly the best on the program. Her recent form is a tad suspect, but she races best when leading over the sprint trip. And from the pole, that is the set-up she will get here in what is a thin race to close out the meeting. I am keen on her chances.

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Next best: Race 8, Number 1, Love Ina Chevy
This horse looks well placed to get a win on the board. This horse has been a grand horse for Lance Justice for a few seasons now but gets a very good set-up to bounce back into the winners list. This horse should be able to hold the front early from the pole and from there, likely either leads or hands up to stablemate Rishi. Whatever the scenario, he’s the one to beat.

Value: Race 4, Number 3, Ozzie Battler
I am hoping we can get an each-way price about this guy. He tends to save his best for Mildura, but he doesn’t have a bad record here and should lead comfortably. This horse was too tough for them at Mildura last start, but did get the staggers late. I am hoping he leads, gets control, can pinch a cheap quarter and prove hard to run down.

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