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Australian Harness Racing Preview – 6th & 7th December 2023

The marble has fallen the way of Diego again so he looks beautifully placed for back-to-back wins in the feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Gary Hall Snr's gelding draws the ace in the JP Stratton Cup and has the gate speed to take full advantage having led throughout from the same barrier when beating many of these same rivals a fortnight ago.

Diego has gone to another level this time in and with him likely to hold the lead it won't be easy for his rivals to cut him down.

One capable of it is Magnificent Storm. He came from the back row and raced three deep without cover last start so was brave when third to Diego.

He won two in row before that including the Group 1 James Brennan Memorial and while he will have to do the hard way from the outside of the front line he has a terrific strike rate here and doesn't lack for class.

Prince Of Pleasure is close to a win after a couple of narrow defeats, last time coming from the back row to miss by a nose.

He is back on the front line and drops to a distance where he is two from two.

Gambit has been racing without luck and cops a second row draw but he continues to perform, splitting Diego and Magnificent Storm despite sitting parked last time and overcoming a wide passage to beat Prince Of Pleasure last month.

The Bendigo Pacing Cup and Maori Mile for the trotters highlight Saturday night's racing.

Last season's Victoria Cup hero Rock N Roll Doo looks perfectly placed to return to the winners' list in the Bendigo Cup.

He did a good job in his first outing since a return from New Zealand when he drew the back row and worked for third in the Cranbourne Cup.

He has won a trial since then so will have come on and the ace draw should secure him much better favours in transit.

Major Meister was the horse to land the Cranbourne Cup and while he cops a tougher draw on Saturday he has gone to another level since joining Jason Grimson and is going well enough to overcome the barrier.

The big guns have drawn well in the Maori Mile where Majestuoso looks hard to stop.

He missed by just a head in the Inter Dominion Final last month before working from the back row but proving too strong in the Cranbourne Cup.

He is much better drawn and the form is on the board.

Im Ready Jet is a good mare who missed by just a nose when resuming and will be better for that. She has a good record at this distance and pushed Majestuoso to a nose in the Grand Prix last season.

The ace draw can see her mix it with him again.

Ollivici beat I'm Ready Jet narrowly first up and is drawn to track her on Saturday.

He went through his grades last time in and looks ready to mix it at this level while Hopeful Beauty is fit and in form and the low draw can see her right in the finish.

 

BEST BETS:

Gloucester Park Friday Race 4 #5 Handsandwheels @ $9.50 – He has been ticking over well with placings at two of three starts this time in and is nearing his peak.

Bendigo Saturday Race 7 #1 Rock n Roll Doo @ $2.40  - All class and was good without luck last start. Drawn to get the favours this time.


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