There are two meetings to look at on Thursday, with my focus being on Melton and Redcliffe. Below are the best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 9, Number 7, Chicago H
His manners are on and off, so heart in the mouth at the start, but if he steps away cleanly and can sit on speed, he’s the winner, comfortably. It was a spank job win three back at Ballarat before manners let him down in his next two. He brings a clear class edge and is the best on the program.
Next best: Race 3, Number 7, Mister Hunter
This horse draws the outside, but he has good gate speed and should he find the front, it’s race over. This horse was an impressive debut winner at Ballarat before racing here in the Shakamaker Classic when copping a check and losing all hope when a distant third. Few first starters, so unknown in that regard, but off race-day experience, he’s smart and should take beating.
Value: Race 7, Number 1, Get Lucky
This horse is yet to win in three Australian runs since arriving from New Zealand, but he looks well set up here. Two back he ran second in the Echuca Trotters Cup before going to Warragul where I’m not sure the tight track was to his liking. Much better on a bigger track here. This horse should land leaders back and be dangerous at an each-way price.
Best bet: Race 1, Number 4, Eyedunno
If she does everything right, it should be a pretty painless watch. This horse should have won here on debut but broke up and threw away a debut win. Then this horse went to Albion Park and ran a beauty behind a quality horse, Goldies A Delight. That form has lengths on these. She wins if she does everything right.
Next best: Race 2, Number 4, Suzukee
This horse should prove hard to beat in a winnable race. This horse copped a nasty check two back in a total forgive. This horse led here last time out and looked home but was nabbed in the final few strides in a good effort. This horse should find the front here comfortably and at the top, she’s the one to beat.
Value: Race 6, Number 7, Joy Maker
She’s worth a bet each way. Forgive her last-start effort at Albion Park. This horse burnt a candle to try and find the front but that early burn told late when down the track in a forgive run. This horse draws to do no work from the draw and if she lands leaders back, she’ll only run well.