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New Zealand Racing Tips - Best bets for Ellerslie and Trentham on Saturday December 7

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 6 Dec 2019
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  • 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 Riccarton and Tauranga on Saturday November 16, and there are a few standouts on the programmes.

New Zealand Racing Tips - December 7

ELLERSLIE

Race 6: PROTECTA INSURANCE HCP (OPEN) 1200M
Winning three of her past four starts, DAMA ZORRO looks well-placed here to bring up another victory. After racking up back-to-back victories here and then Te Rapa, the Husson mare failed to run on at this track when taking on the mile trip for the first time. She was then spelled for 30 weeks then resumed at Tauranga where she stormed home in BM82 company over the 1200m trip to win by more than a length in the end. If she brings that form here, she will prove hard to hold out.



Race 7: DUNSTAN FEEDS 1500 CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER (BM82) 1500M
Untried at the track and distance, BEAUTY STAR has shown enough in his past four starts to suggest he is a genuine winning chance here. The Northern Meteor gelding is a stayer coming back off a seven-week let-up. His first-up run at Pukekohe Park wasn’t a bad effort over the short 1400m trip where he finished sixth, running on at the finish. He drew the outside gate (11) that day and did it tough. Here, he is drawn the middle of the field and slightly less weight to carry and the extra trip to run, he looks a good each-way chance in this field.





TRENTHAM

Race 5: PLATINUM HOMES TARANAKI WAKEFIELD CHALLENGE STAKES (GROUP 2) 1100M
A fairly open affair here with several standing out as winning chances. I’m running with SHOWEMHOWITSDONE to bring up her maiden victory in this. The two-year-old had no luck at her second start where she hit the line in a three-way finish only to finish up with third prize, beaten a nose, a nose in the end. Then last start, she finished a gallant second in the Listed Welcome Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton Park where she came from mid-field early to beaten just three-quarters of a length on the line. She draws nicely in gate five here and the extra trip should prove ideal. She does look a solid each-way chance.



Race 8: RYDGES WELLINGTON CAPTAIN COOK STAKES (GROUP ONE) 1600M
Winning two of her last three starts, SUPERA looks the one to beat again in this. The talented five-year-old has proven herself a worthy contender, winning seven of her 15 career starts and is proven at Group level with wins at Group Three and Group Two level. The Savabeel mare won the Group Two Travis Stakes three starts back in easy fashion then was beaten a nose by Tiptronic at her next start at Ellerslie. She meets Tiptronic 4kgs better here. At her last start, she destroyed the Group Two Tauranga Stakes field where she put almost three lengths on them over the 1600m journey. Drawn ideally in gate three, she would have to do a lot wrong here to lose this one. 







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November 30

ELLERSLIE

Race 6: EAGLE TECHNOLOGY STAKES (GROUP 3) 1600M
Team Rogerson’s BEAUDEN is in great touch of late and can go very close here. Three starts back, he showed great improvement when finishing third behind the handy Tinkalicious in a BM82 at Hawera, beaten less than a length. Next start, he finished second, beaten a head on the line by Braavos here in similar company. Then last start, he got it together and blew away his opposition in an Open Hcp at Awapuni over the longer 1550m trip. That effort puts him in the ball park here and he maps well in this company. Ryan Elliot remains aboard after steering him to victory last start and he will line up here as a genuine winning chance.
Result (2nd - $1.70 to Place)

Race 7: DUNSTAN FEEDS 1500 CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER 1400 (BM72) 1400M
The Stephen McKee-trained PULLYOURSOCKSUP has returned from a lengthy 28-week break in good form. After a first-up sixth, here on a Heavy 10, the mare returned four weeks later where she was greeted with a Dead 5 and that seemed to do the trick. Sitting just off the pace (on the fence), Sam Spratt pulled her out wide in the run home and she finished far too good for that BM65 field, winning by more than a length (going away from them). Last start, she tended to pull a little in running but still hit the line well to finish just behind the placegetters on a Good 3 at Te Rapa. Sam Spratt has been in the saddle nine times for two wins and remains aboard here. Drawn ideally in gate five, she should again be box-seating (or thereabouts) and be running on again at the finish. 
Result (3rd - $2 to Place)

WANGANUI

Race 5: WANGANUI MOTORS AND THE DYKE FAMILY 1600 (BM82) 1600M
Another from the Stephen McKee stable, NEESON fronts the starter third-up here and should be fit enough now to give this a real shake. Last start, he was second-up off a six-month spell and showed great finishing speed to grab third prize behind Braavos and Beauden in a BM82 at Ellerslie, beaten a head, a nose on the line. That contest was over 1400m and here he steps up to the mile where he is a three-time winner. Also a winner when third-up, he has drawn ideally in gate three and with Chris Johnson aboard, he should be storming home again.
Result (3rd - NTD)

Race 7: STEELFORM ROOFING GROUP WANGANUI CUP 2040M
Rosey Myers is riding in career-best form this season and aboard RED SIERRA here, she can take home the rider’s cut of the Wanganui Cup. Looking at the mare’s last four starts, it appears she has been up and down with her form. However, her two unplaced runs in her past four races were in Group 3 company. Four starts back, she was a winner in Open company at Riccarton Park before finishing unplaced in the Group 3 Boehringer Hcp at Awapuni. She then destroyed her 12 rivals in the Egmont Cup (2100m) at Hawera, putting 2.5 lengths on them (carrying 58kgs). Then last start, she again took on Group 3 company but couldn’t match it with them (or the Good 3 track), finishing unplaced again. Back to Listed company here, she has drawn out a little but will get back anyway. She drops in weight from her last run and with a proposed Dead track forecast for the weekend, the Redwood mare is right in contention for this.
Result (unplaced)


November 23

PUKEKOHE PARK

Race 5: DUNSTAN FEEDS AUCKLAND THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS' STAKES (GROUP 2) 1400M
Peter and Dawn Williams have MEDIA SENSATION lining up here for her second run back from a seven-month lay-off and after her first-up effort, I can’t go past the mare in this. Impeccably bred, by I Am Invincible out of a High Chaparral mare, The four-year-old has (so far) lived up to expectations by winning six of her 11 career starts. After winning three on the trot, including the Group One NZ Thousand Guineas, she lost all form before the stable put her out for a spell. Resuming last week in the Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint, She made light work of that challenge, putting almost two lengths on the field on her way to victory. She steps up to the 1400m here where she won her only previous start at the trip. Drawn ideally in gate two here, she looks the prime selection.
Result (2nd - $1.40 to Place)

Race 7: SSANGYONG COUNTIES CUP (GROUP 3) 2100M
Boasting a poor third-up record, I’m confident CONCERT HALL can turn all that around here. Last preparation, she resumed from a lengthy 32-week break and managed to win four of her first six starts, finishing with a hat-trick prior to taking on elite company where she finished unplaced in the Group One Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha. Four starts into this campaign and she is yet to claim a victory however she was impressive when finishing a close-up second behind Vernanme in the Listed Karaka Classic here three starts back. Her last two runs were full of merit and she should be at her peak with four runs now under her belt. I believe with Matthew Cameron sticking by her, she can turn things around in this field.
Result (4th)



AWAPUNI

Race 7: JOHN TURKINGTON FORRESTY LTD/WAI PINE BULLS COUNTRY CUP (OPEN) 1400M
Unbeaten first-up, ROCK ON WOOD resumes here and going on his last unbeaten preparation, he might take some stopping here. Winning five of his nine career starts, the lightly-raced five-year-old clearly enjoys running on fresh legs. Resuming from almost a year in the paddock, he easily accounted for a BM72 field at Hastings when first-up last campaign. He franked that form next start by winning a BM82 here over the mile. He then made it a hat-trick of wins by winning the Listed ANZAC Mile also on this track, jumping from gate 13 that day. He has since enjoyed a 30-week spell and resumes here. He is two from two when first up, and has won three of his four starts at this track. That is a resume all his rivals here should respect.
Result (1st - $2.40)

Race 8: PROPERTY BROKERS 1400 (BM72) 1400M
Similar to Concert Hall, SUGAR RUSH also has a poor third-up record, but again I can see the mare ending that run here. Two starts prior to her hitting the paddock for almost a year, she managed to win a BM82 over this distance at Hawera where she led all the way, carrying 57.5kgs. Since resuming from that long break, she hasn’t set the world alight however the seven-year-old did battle on well last start to finish just behind the placegetters beaten less than 2.5 lengths. Here, apprentice Charlotte O’Beirne becomes the third rider to take the reins in as many starts and after her claim, sees the mare carrying just 1kg more than her last start as she drops back to BM72 company here. She is a track and trip winner and may be ready to show her best in this easier contest.
Result (unplaced)



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