There are two meetings to look at on Friday, with Albion Park and Bendigo getting my attention. Below are the best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 10, Number 1, Mister Diamond
I am confident he wins with his best. This horse was a strong winner two back before racing here last Saturday where he had the sweet sit behind the speed and failed to fire a shot in a plain effort. This horse has drawn the pole. He should hold the front and take a power of beating for a trainer-driver combo that is in form.
Next best: Race 1, Number 1, Kar Manor
This horse does his best racing from the mobile more so than the stand, so I am happy to be in his corner here in the opener. Forgive his last start Trotters Marathon flop when breaking and costing himself any chance. He should lead comfortably from the pole and take beating.
Value: Race 5, Number 1, My China Doll
This mare hasn’t really fired a shot in recent runs, but I reckon after getting away from Redcliffe and getting to Albion Park with a leading driver engaged, she’s worth a 1×3 speck. She’ll get a suck run behind the speed from the good gate and is worth a throw at the stumps.
Best bet: Race 5, Number 10, Keayang Alex
This horse is extremely hard to beat. He ran in a strong race at Maryborough last start when back off the speed and chasing strongly when a close-up fourth to a handy one in Alego Shades. This horse gets a good drag into the race from the draw and on a tricky night, he’s the best on the program.
Next best: Race 11, Number 9, Two Sock Creek
If he runs up to the NZ trial form, he’ll be too sharp for these. This horse is on debut for Julie Douglas and the stable have had great success over the last six to 12 months with these horses from New Zealand. This horse closed off well in a recent trial and despite a second-row draw, he finds a pretty thin race for start one, which should be win one.
Value: Race 4, Number 12, Kylies Life
This horse is worth a throw at the stumps at the odds. This horse ran in a strong race here last time out and was far from disgraced in defeat when fourth to a pretty classy trotter in Meydan. The depth of this race is nowhere near as strong and although this horse will concede a start, she’ll be strong at the end.