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New Zealand Racing Tips - Best bets for Hastings and Ruakaka on Saturday June 29

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 24 Jun 2019
  • Best bets for Saturday's NZ racing
  • Previous results included.

Looking for free New Zealand horse racing tips? Our experts guide you through the best chances for Saturday racing meetings.

The key racing action in New Zealand comes from Hastings and Ruakaka  on Saturday June 29, and there are a few standouts on the programmes.

New Zealand Racing Tips - June 29


Check back on Friday to see our updated best bets.

Previous New Zealand Tips:


June 22

RICCARTON PARK

Race 6: SONIA & GARRY THOMPSON OPEN SPRINT 1200M
With a picket fence beginning to appear alongside his name, PIPPI REA lines up with a top chance of making it four-straight victories. After winning a BM82 over 1000m, the Pins gelding then won two-in-a-row in Open Class company before comfortably taking out a BM90 over 1200m last start. The five-year-old drops 2kgs from his last win and in a small field, this looks no harder. A big chance here.
Result (1st - $3.20)

Race 8: GREENWOOD AMBERLEY CUP 1600M
Maybe weight can stop him, and maybe it won’t. Team Prendergast saddles-up topweight WHO DARES WINS and although up in the weights, his form suggests he can win here again. The Iffraaj gelding is unbeaten this preparation, winning all three starts since resuming from a four-month spell. He won his last start over the mile with 60.5kgs and carries just one more kilo here. It will still take a smart one to break his winning streak.
Result (unplaced)


TAURANGA

Race 6: ORORA KIWI PACKAGING KIWIFRUIT CUP 2100M
Finishing top-five at his past eight starts (without winning), BEE TEE JUNIOR is overdue for a change of luck and with a heavy track forecast here, this could be just what the doctor ordered. First-up after a 27-week spell, he finished fourth over the mile at Ellerslie before finishing fifth behind Sultan Of Swing at Te Rapa over the same trip. Third-up here, he has won two previously in the same position and stepping up to the 2100m journey here, he will be there at the finish.
Result (unplaced)

Race 8: ULTIMATE FORD AND MAZDA TAURANGA CLASSIC 1400M
There’s plenty to like about SLEEPING BEAUTY and with most boxes ticked here, it’s hard to go past her in this field. Team O’Sullivan has the mare back to her brilliant best as she showed last start, winning the Group Three Rotorua Stakes (1400m) on a wet Arawa Park track. She box-seated nicely to the turn then said goodbye, going on to win by 1.5 lengths. No weight increase here and Craig Grylls remains aboard. She stands out to me in this field. 
Result (1st - $4.20)


June 15

AWAPUNI

Race 4: REDSTAG OPEN HANDICAP 1500M
One who has developed webbed feet over time, ROSEWOOD lines up here quite well at the weights. Second-up last start, the Redwood mare stormed home to beat all but Platinum Rapper where she missed by a mere long neck to take the honours. Her track stats are most impressive winning three and finishing in the minors on another three occasions from her seven visits to the track. She is third-up here and already a track and trip winner and if she finds daylight turning for home, she will prove hard to hold out.
Result (1st - $2.20)

Race 6: TASMAN INSULATION PINK FIT (BM72) 1200M
Another who likes it wet is the Janenne Dalley-trained IMBLAZE. First-up from a lengthy 37-week break, the mare tried to lead all the way in a BM72 over 1200m but weakened late to finish third behind Bluetwentytwo. Then last start, she looked all-at-sea when having her first start on the Ellerslie track. She was leading but gave in quickly to finish behind the placegetters, beaten just over three lengths that day. I’m ignoring that run and going on her unbeaten third-up record where she is two from two. She has drawn well in gate five and after the claim comes in nicely at the weights as she also drops in grade. She will improve greatly on her last run.
Result (unplaced)

RUAKAKA

Race 7: PIERCES FLOORING XTRA (BM65) 1600M
The lightly-raced NEVER BACK DOWN showed enough first-up to suggest he more than capable of going back-to-back. The Makfi four-year-old has had just the six career starts and after showing some late signs of improvement at the end of his last campaign, he came storming back when resuming here four weeks ago. He drew wide and sat mid-field most of the way but finished far too strong for the maiden field over the 1400m journey. Troy Harris was aboard that day and saddles-up again here. Stepping up to the mile should suit him and he looks right in the mix.
Result (unplaced)

Race 8: BREAM BAY PAINTING (BM72) 1600M 
Track lover POKER FACE for the first time this year and after three runs back from a five-month spell, looks the testing material. The five-year-old has finished just behind the placegetters at his past two, beaten just on two lengths in both events. Second-up he was fourth at Pukekohe in a BM72 over the mile then faced a similar test at Ellerslie where he took home fifth prize that day. Similar class here, and still over the 1600m, both his track wins have been over this trip and with three runs behind him now, he should be ready to strike.
Result (unplaced)



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