Harness racing: A break from the U.S. heat at Redcliffe
Winter in Australia, while we go through a blazing heat wave in the U.S., will challenge your sense of season and time when you bet Wednesday night, but that doesn't mean you can't find profitable wagers.
Let's take a look at the Redcliffe program for Thursday, which begins at 10:52 p.m. ET Wednesday night.
The only thing for sure in this race for non-winners is that one of them will satisfy that condition (excluding a dead-heat finish).
Dudley Warburton’s #4 Crikey Cam has only been out four times, and two of those efforts were decent for a novice pacer. All the others in this field have had numerous opportunities to prove they belong in this low-profile class, and they are proven losers. Crikey Cam may improve off of his two decent tries, simply because he is not a proven loser.
Also lightly raced, #6 Mister Rocktober had a rough trip last time out but showed signs of the aggression needed to perform better.
A field of 2-year-old pacers adorns the day’s second race, including two green gals return from our efforts last week — #2 Royal Princess and #3 Torque In Control.
The former finished second as a longer shot and has a good chance to score here. The latter should be considered for having the trust of enough punters first time out.
Still, the warning signs are out for second-time starter #1 Heavenly Girl. She is a Rock N Roll Heaven filly, from an Artiscape mare — a bloodline to reckon with in any hemisphere.
Allan Sanders puts #4 Downtown Luca to work a lot, and the 5-year-old brings home many paychecks. He was dull last time we backed him earlier this month but deserves another call, since his early foot could give him a sleek advantage on the Redcliffe turns.
#8 Cannan could slip in late for a share, if he uses the outside post to advance with one big spurt.
Dan Russell’s #7 Moonlight Butcher was in the crowd’s favor last time out, but he was squeezed in the sprint lane in a rough trip to the wire. He may find a clearer path if he catches cover and closes late.
In that same race, it was #4 Country Run that went wide with no avail. He could benefit from the sprint lane here.
Gate speed will be the key in this race, and #2 The Casual Goose may be the pacesetter to win. Michael Nutley has him back at Redcliffe after an Albion stay.
Driver Shane Graham was fined for erratic guidance, after he steered #8 La Pistola at Redcliffe last time out, just when he was within firing range. The Art Major pacer has had a few rough trips without Graham’s help, but by no means does it prove the pacer cannot step safely, so we will not penalize Vicki Rasmussen’s gelding.
Speed aside, #4 Misterriodejaneiro is a fearless type, though some of his duels have not been fruitful. It’s a trait of his sire — to demand control — and you always want an aggressive type riding your money home.
Ron Sallis’s #3 Man From Braavos is surely in it to win it. He was favored last time he was at Redcliffe and may find the joint more comfortable for his style.
#1 Live Atom enjoys being awake in the meaningful steps of a race, and has picked up many checks for Greg Elkins.
Eleven-year-old #2 Spondooley has inherited the speed of his sire (Grinfromeartoear) and sometimes maintains leads. Still, even when caught, Wayne Graham’s gelding usually doesn’t fade enough not to earn a buck.
Jack Butler has brought #5 Sam Is Perfection back to Redcliffe, a serious move after little support from Albion bettors.