Harness racing selections: Tuesday, January 18

Two meetings to look at on Tuesday, with Tabcorp Park Menangle and Albion Park getting my attention. Down below are the best bets for the respective programs.

Tabcorp Park Menangle

Best bet: Race 3, Number 1, Double Lines
Numerically, the form isn’t great, but diving deeper into the form, you can see why he’s the best on the card. It’s pretty strong metro form behind some quality types, and he looks to have returned in excellent order following a strong trial win on the track. He should lead and be too good.

Next-best: Race 4, Number 6, Takingcareofbusiness
Newcastle form is fraught with danger when it comes to Menangle, but this former Kiwi looks a good prospect for the Morris camp. Two from two in NZ before joining the stable. They sent him around for a kill at Newcastle where he was Winx-like odds and duly saluted in solid time. I think he has the gate speed to lead and keen to see how he goes on the bigger track.

Value: Race 1, Number 4, Queen Of Strathfield
This mare has been quite plain in recent times, and was that in a recent tick over trial, but it looks to be a race void with any real decent gate speed, so I’d love to see Morris be positive early, potentially find the front in the process. Perhaps on speed, she can run a much improved. Should get around double figures to find out if she’s going any good.

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Albion Park

Best bet: Race 1, Number 7, Tam Oshanter
Looking to make it four on the bounce and given he only has to give away a 10m handicap from the 2647m start, I think he just wins. His manners have been hit and miss at times, but he has been near faultless his past three, resulting in dominant wins. He should be too good, everything being equal.

Next-best: Race 2, Number 2, Deus Ex
He is a gun when able to lead and with that on the cards, it could be a case of thank you linesmen and thank you ball boys. He got a front row gate last time and he exploded in front, running a 54.2 last half to win impressively. If he brings that late speed here, they won’t be beating him.

Value: Race 4, Number 8, Whata Sport
I think he’s definitely worth an each way ticket. Progressive animal for the McMullen camp that went within a lip of winning here last Tuesday, getting nosed out on the peg by hotpot Warrawee Flyer.

At worst, he’ll be three back on the pegs. Ideally leaders back, then he comes right into play as a key winning chance. Likely three back though, so will need luck, but he can win if he gets it.

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