We are off to Melton again!
The best harness bets as Melton hosts Saturday night harness racing with the Group 3 Aldebaran Park Lenin Trotters taking the headlines.
Melton race 4
#2 A Better You
She opened the $2.15 favourite for this race, but has drifted to a backable now.
Nathan Purdon has this two-year-old filly ready to pounce after being defeated as an odds-on commodity only six days ago.
Knowing how Purdon trains his pacers, he would have left a bit in the tank for this race and beyond, so expect a big improvement on what she showed in her Australia debut last week.
You always have to respect the market, and the market had her a penned as a stakes grade chaser off her run on Sunday at Maryborough.
Suggested Bet: A Better You win at $3.20
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 2, 3, 5, 8
melton race 5
#9 Major Moth
Happy to take the punt on Major Moth here who will need an ounce of luck from gate nine.
Damian Wilson will be tasked with attempting to manufacture a run off the inside.
If the predicted early speed is anything to go by, Wilson might just very well get a saloon passage off the inside as the field strings out and if it occurs, he can smoke his pipe and take off whenever he wants.
The early part of the race will probably determine how good of a chance this three-year-old colt is.
He is one of, if not, the best horse in the field and will take a power of beating if he finds clear air.
Suggested Bet: Major Moth win at $3.2
Melton race 6
#12 Tough Tilly
Emma Stewart has a deadset stranglehold on this race with her three main entrants taking up nearly all the percentage in the market.
We will side with her outside change in Tough Tilly who comes up a nice price.
The three-year-old filly will be giving her two stablemates a bit of a start, but she could be the one who picks off this field late in the race by making one charge at them from the back just like Ladies in Red did to Beach Music and Joanna a few starts ago.
She is not an each-way price, but the win odds to attract us and we can play her in multiple and exotics with the other two stablemates.
Suggested Bet: Tough Tilly win at $5
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 3, 5, 12
melton race 7
This is the type of race McLovin has been waiting for.
The speed map looks in his favour with the lead being up for grabs here.
Expect Katy Gath to drive and urge him forward in order to hold his favoured front-running role.
His record when leading from the moment the arms fold back is an impressive eight wins from nine attempts, so the $3.5 on offer might very well be a luxury if he can find the front with ease.
Suggested Bet: McLovin win at $3.6
Suggested Exotic: Exacta – 4 & 12