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New Zealand Racing Tips - Best bets for Te Rapa and Hastings on Saturday April 27

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 25 Apr 2019
  • Best bets for Saturday's NZ racing
  • Previous results included.

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The key racing action in New Zealand comes from Te Rapa and Hastings on Saturday April 27, and there are a few standouts on the programmes.

New Zealand Racing Tips - April 27

TE RAPA 

Race 7: TRAVIS STAKES (GROUP 2) 2000M
In superb form this preparation, SUPERA is a worthy pre-post favourite here and the jump to 2000m will only benefit the Savabeel mare. After winning the Group Three Anniversary at Trentham, she made the big step up to Group One company in the Haunui Farm at Otaki and wasn’t disgraced in finishing mid-field (beaten 4.5 lengths) behind the super mare Melody Belle. She then bounced back in the Group One Thoroughbred Breeder’s Stakes at Te Aroha when finishing second (beaten a neck) by Nicoletta (one of her rivals here). She was finishing the better but fell short on the line. The extra 400 metres here will be the telling factor.



Race 8: INGLIS SALES CAMBRIDGE BREEDERS STAKES (GROUP 3) 1200M
Having just his fourth race start here, the Lauren Brennan-trained VIGOR WINNER looks well placed in this company and is sure to prove hard to beat. Nicely bred by Declaration Of War out of an Exceed And Excel mare, he won his maiden on debut and put 3.5 lengths on the field in the process. He then won again next start at New Plymouth beating home Lady Bethany and Duck Road, with Salt Bay finishing fourth that day and that four-year-old mare has gone on and won her past two starts. Last start, Vigor Winner took on Group Two company and was beaten a whisker on the line by the very smart Emily Margaret in the Wellington Guineas. That’s solid form to bring into this and puts him right in the mix.



HASTINGS

Race 5: PREFERMENT - FIRST YEARLINGS FOR SALE JAN 2020 MILE (BM82) 1600M
Plenty of experience over the mile here including INSCRIPTION who is a two-time winner over the trip. Last start she gave even-money favourite King’s Cross a start and a comprehensive beating in a BM82 over the mile at Tauranga. Spotting the leaders four lengths on the turn and being the widest runner, the five-year-old mare knuckled down to her task and took at the 100m mark, winning by more than two lengths in the end. Five starts into this preparation and she hasn’t finished worse than fourth and with fitness now at it’s peak, she will be hard to hold out here.



Race 7: HAWKE'S BAY BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (BM65) 1200M
Co-Owner and trainer Kylie Fawcett has POLLY GREY lining up here and with four starts now under her belt, she poses a real threat here. Her last start saw a maiden victory at Arawa Park where she led all the way in the 1230m contest. She was first-up after a six-month break that day. She should strip even fitter here and from gate three should find a forward spot without having to work too hard. If she is left alone to dictate the pace, she could prove hard to run down in the run home.





Previous Tips:


April 20

ELLERSLIE

Race 6: VALACHI DOWNS CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES (GROUP 2) 2100M
Only two blemishes on a nine-start career so far for the Team Baker filly SPRING DELIGHT who lines up here a winner of two of her past four runs. The Tavistock three-year-old only won her maiden four starts back with her last two runs really demonstrating what promise she has. Two starts back she embarrassed a BM65 field by putting six lengths on them in the 2100m event with Craig Grylls aboard for the first time. Last start, she made the mammoth leap to Group 3 company and came within half a length of winning the Manawatu Classic at Awapuni, finishing runner-up to The Chosen One who nabbed her on the line. Stepping up in class again here, Grylls remains aboard and from gate two should enjoy a nice trail behind the pace again. She looks right in the mix here.
Result (unplaced)

Race 7: MANCO EASTER HANDICAP (GROUP 2) 1600M
I see some value here with BIG MIKE lining up with a solid second-up record. The Don Eduardo gelding has an impressive resume boasting seven wins and as many minor placings from his 26 starts which is consistent form going into a Group 2 event. He crossed the Tasman with the Pakenham Cup in his sights and fulfilled his goal by winning the Listed event over 2500m, putting two lengths on the field. First-up upon returning to NZ, he finished third in an unsuitable 1400m open event at Te Rapa. Second-up, over the mile, his stats should be ringing alarm bells for his rivals here. Already a three-time winner at 1600m, he looks overs here and will give this a real shake.
Result (unplaced)


RIVERTON

Race 6: WAIAU HOTEL APARIMA HANDICAP (OPEN) 1200M
There’s a first time for everything and despite being winless after three starts on this track, the Gay Robinson-trained FINBARR has what it takes to shake that monkey here. After finishing a close-up third in open company over 1200m at Gore, the Falkirk gelding turned it around last start, beating home a field of 10 in another open-class event over 1200m at Ascot Park. With six wins and as many minor placings from his 23-start career, he will settle back here from his wide draw and be storming home when it counts. 
Result (unplaced)

Race 7: CARRIERS ARMS HOTEL RIVERTON CUP (OPEN) 2147M
The Team Eade-trained OREPUKI LAD comes into this a winner of two of his past three runs. Three starts back, the five-year-old destroyed the Dunedin Cup field, putting three lengths on them in the Listed event. He then made a mockery of the Invercargill Gold Cup, winning that event by almost eight lengths. He led from start to finish in the 2600m event (shades of Might And Power), as he had the entire field off the bit at the 800m mark. To then increase his lead in the run home was amazing, as he went on to win like a $1.80 favourite should. He failed to make it a hat-trick last start at Riccarton Park, finishing unplaced in the Hororata Cup over the shorter 1800m trip. The 2147m here will be more fitting for him and his wet track form will welcome the forecast of a slow track on Saturday. He gets his chance to bounce back here.
Result (2nd)


April 13


RICCARTON PARK

Race 7: NEW ZEALAND BLOODSTOCK WARSTEP STAKES (LISTED) 2000M
Backing up from a win seven days ago, SECRET ALLURE is looking to go back-to-back and has the resume to do it. The Lisa Latta-trained filly has been reasonably consistent this time in with exception. After finishing second to Imelda Mary in the Group Two Royal Stakes at Ellerslie, she went one better next start winning the Group Three Desert Gold at Trentham. She then faced Imelda Mary again in the Group Two Sire Tristram but finished unplaced that day. Another unplaced run in the Group Two Lowland Stakes led to a 5-week freshen-up which seemed to do the trick. Resuming from that break, the Zacinto filly comfortably won the Listed Air Freight Stakes here over the mile, putting almost two lengths on the field on a heavy track. Backing-up here, she is in line to repeat the dose.
Result (unplaced)

Race 8: COCA-COLA CANTERBURY GOLD CUP (GROUP 3) 2000M
Winning two of her past three starts, RESIDENTIAL faces weight-for-age conditions here but is certainly up to the task. A win over 1600m at Wingatui in open class company was followed by an even more impressive effort when she was first home in the Group Three Breeder’s Stakes over the mile on this track where she beat home Zabay and Countess Vanessa. Last start she found the heavy 10 track too much although still finished second in the Listed Easter Cup also over the mile trip. Track conditions are forecast to be much better here and from gate three she should find a sit with cover. Already a winner in Group Three company, she will certainly make her presence felt in this field. 
Result (2nd)

HASTINGS

Race 5: NZB FINANCE SPRINT (LISTED) 1200M
The ever-consistent PRINCESS KERERU lines up here winning two of her past five starts and a real chance of taking this out as well. The Pins mare emerged victorious in the Group Three Waikato Stud Plate at Ellerslie grabbing Ronchi and Santa Monica on the line in a three-way go to the line. Then last start, she was on the receiving end of a close finish where she had to settle for second prize in the Listed Lightning Hcp (1200m) at Trentham behind Volks Lightning. She meets the six-year-old mare 2kgs better here and although drawn out in barrier eight, she will drop in for a sit mid-field and be doing her best work late. 
Result (1st - $4.40)

Race 7: ROYSTON HOSPITAL HAWKE'S BAY CUP (LISTED) 2200M
A huge drop in weight here will see FELAAR hard to hold out in this. The five-year-old made easy work of the 2200m two starts back at Otaki where he comfortably won the BM82 event by almost two lengths. Last start the 58.5kgs got the better of him where he finished second (beaten less than a length) over 2100m at Tauranga in similar company. Back against Listed company here, he drops 5.5kgs (or 12 pounds on the old scale) and draws nicely in gate three. Placed in Group Three company previously, he will give this a real shake at the weights.
Result (1st - $3.30)



April 6

TE AROHA

Race 5: FIRST CREDIT UNION (BM82) 1200M
A winner at two of her four starts this campaign, MARZEMINO lines up here with a very strong resume. The Per Incanto mare won first-up here over the 1200m trip, beating home a BM65 field by 4.5 lengths, breaking 1:10 on a dead track in the process. She then went back-to-back at Ellerslie in BM72 company. Last start, she found the Heavy 10 too much at Ellerslie again, still taking fourth prize behind Pretty To Sea. A much drier track is expected here and she is two from two at this track and trip. She will get back but be finishing strongly. 
Result (1st - $2.60)

Race 8: FIBER FRESH NZ THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS STAKES (GROUP 1) 1600M
This looks to be a match in two (on paper) with Volpe Veloce set to match strides with CONCERT HALL in a battle for the ‘mile’ domination. One is three from five at the distance while the other is four from six. Concert Hall has won her last three starts, all over the mile trip. Her last start saw her take out the Group Three Cuddle Stakes at Trentham, beating home her rivals by 2.5 lengths. She really made light work of that, coming from last on the turn and the widest of runners, she reeled them in comfortably. On that from alone, I see no reason why the Savabeel mare can’t make it four on the trot.
Result (unplaced)

RICCARTON PARK

Race 7: NZB AIRFREIGHT STAKES (LISTED) 1600M
Yet to win beyond 1400m, EMILY MARGARET gets her chance here to break the mile barrier with a good weight and ideal draw. The Team Hughes-trained filly has strung together two straight victories and is well placed to make it a hat-trick. Two starts back, she made it look easy, winning by 2.5 lengths in Listed company over 1400m at Wingatui. The Pins filly then backed that up with victory in the Group Two Wellington Guineas also over the 1400m journey, beating home Vigor Winner and Dawn Patrol. At set weights here, she is drawn to go forward and should the pace be genuine, she will be very hard to run down.
Result (2nd)

Race 8: CHRISTCHURCH CASINO EASTER CUP (LISTED) 1600M
Dropping sharply in grade here, SHADOWS CAST has the opportunity to bounce back to the winner’s circle with a favourable draw. Racing in top-shelf company of late, the Per Incanto gelding won back-to-back races at Group level before finishing unplaced in the Group One Haunui Farm, beaten less than three lengths. It was his latest effort that brought him undone. He stepped up to 2000m for the first time, and on a heavy 10 track, it proved too much for the six-year-old, finishing down the track behind smart mare Melody Belle. He drops back to the mile here and down to Listed company, should prove more than competitive.
Result (scratched)



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