Victorian Harness Racing Preview, Melton 18th June 2016 – R1, 2, 3, 6 & 8

Overview: Solid meeting, good things everywhere and a big lay.


R1 DNR Logistics Pace 

Speed Map

Wounded has good gate speed but he would look to take a sit, Chris Alford should follow across with Jet Black Shadow (6) and take up the running early on, Kerryn Manning might be able to get Lord Monaloo out of the gate a bit better but expect him to be outside the leader.

Major Players

1. Time Capsule: Can be risky away but if paces and hold a fence position can be placed.

2. Lord Monaloo: Racing well and only danger to the Fav but just might not get an easy run.

6. Jet Black Shadow: Musters gate speed, should end up in front, good driver, just wins.


Betting Stategy

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Jet Black Shadow at 1.50

R2 Pasticceria Padova Trot 

Speed Map

Blue Sky Commander should get out quick enough to lead, Asdenro would be happy to take the trail, maybe Hinault could be the horse outside the leader

Major Players

1. Asdenro: Slowly getting back to his best form, should get a good run and finish second

2. Blue Sky Commander: Perfect race, begins well from the mobile, just wins

Betting Strategy

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Blue Sky Commander at 1.40+


R3 Jordan Cozzie Mates 21st Pace

Speed Map

A bit harder here, Indulgent may think he wants to lead and try and push through as is Tony Xiriha’s want sometimes, In A Rose Tattoo is probably the fastest out but no certainty to lead, Bad Boy Cullen has never shown much speed, maybe Captain Snooze comes across from out wide, Emmett Bronsnan has a big decision to make at the start on Kotare York either follow Indulgent or grab hold and go back to last.

Major Players

3. Bad Boy Cullen: Career best run at Yarra Valley and if runs up to that again is top pick

8. Kotare York: Going well but heinous barrier draw, could get trapped on the fence or mission impossible from last, has to be a risk

9. Courtney John: Sit Sprinter that will be handy, good chance

10. Be Good Juddy: Has the right driver for a last shot at them in the home straight

11. Half Crown Gap: Good driver change, will be running on late, strong chance


Betting Strategy

This fav might just get beat but don’t give too big a price, it can still win if race is run to suit

Laying on Betfair LAY (WIN) Kotare York at 2.40 or less


R6 Del-Re National Italian Cup 

Speed Map

Looks easy, Monique Burnett on Will Mach My Word gets an easy lead, Chris Alford won Major Secret will happily follow behind the leader Cold Major will likely be 3 back on the fence and it will be a race from the 400.

Major Players

1. Major Secret: Two runs back from a spell have been excellent, only risk here is if he can accelerate up the sprint lane quick enough.

2. Will Mach My Word: Sure to be in front for a long way again, could pinch it

8. Cold Major: Probably be 3 fence and get out to run 3rd late


Betting Strategy

If we didn’t have sprint lanes then it would be a totally different story but this will get a gun run

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Major Secret at 1.54+


R8 Wagon Appollo Trotters Free For All 

Speed Map

Uncas could lead but likely to take a sit on the favourite Kyvalley Blur, expect On Thunder Road to be posted outside the leader.

Main Players

2. Uncas: Trialled OK at Kilmore recently and races better with a sit, could easily run second.

3. Kyvalley Blur: Good trial at Maryborough recently, every chance of getting to the lead, should hang on to win

4. On Thunder Road: Broke 50m out last start when rolled at a short price, hard to think he could turn it around against a nice type here.


Betting Strategy

Very Skinny race, if fit should win this

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Kyvalley Blur at 2.00+

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