Welcome to our harness racing preview and betting tips for racing at Albion Park and Melton on Saturday, July 6th.
Trent Orwin has picked out his best bets from each track below with four selections in total.
The Listed Lucky Creed (2680m) will be the highlight on Albion Park’s 10-race program and Queensland’s best horse (11) Colt Thirty One seeks a fifth-consecutive victory. His latest win came in 1:51.3 for the 1660m. Stepping up to the staying trip will be no concern for the 4YO entire who has won over the 2680m distance before. He will have to be his brilliant best against (3) Cullenburn and (5) Northview Hustler. Colt Thirty One has shown versatility and should be in the thick of the action at some stage.
(3) Trojan Banner is the best horse in the race and has a perfect record of five starts for five wins at Albion Park. He will either find the lead or sit outside of the leader and look to make it an eighth-straight win. Trojan Banner has been working through the grades nicely and could notch another win here. (6) Pacific Drums and (1) Corey William are more than capable of testing Trojan Banner but the black figures for a horse with a picket-fence beside his name is too hard to pass up.
New Zealand trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have another good horse on their hands with 3YO gelding (8) Self Assured. Unbeaten in three starts, Self Assured ran down stablemate Jesse Duke last week with the last quarter run in 26.1 seconds. He should have too much speed for his rivals despite the awkward draw. (13) Alta Orlando has the horror draw but he looks the danger in the race. Place hopes to (1) Regulus, (2) Dazzle Me and (5) Mongolian Archer.
The run of (8) Mirragon was enormous in his semi-final. After tailing out early due to an early break, he sat 1 out 4 back and made up plenty of ground in the final lap to fall a short half-head away from winner (6) Forever Yin. I believe Mirragon is the benchmark horse in the race and driver Greg Sugars will look to get off the pegs early and put the talented colt into the race at some stage. Fellow Emma Stewart-trained stablemate (10) Pandering is the main danger after a dominant semi-final win. He won’t lead though so that helps Mirragon’s cause.
The Vicbred Super Series may as well be renamed to the Emma Stewart Super Series as the dominant stable will take all before them on Saturday night. In the 2YO fillies, the race should be fought out by (1) Amelia Rose, (2) Jemstone, (13) Maajida and (8) Alice Kay. Only Alice Kay is from a different stable as she represents Adam Kelly. Jemstone is likely to get the lead off Amelia Rose which would put Alice Kay three back on the pegs. Maajida is the filly I would have liked from a slightly better draw than the car park and for that reason, I like the chances of Jemstone. She has won five of her nine starts and can run a slick last half if there isn’t any pressure.
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