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New Zealand Racing Tips - Best bets for Ellerslie and New Plymouth on Saturday August 24

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 19 Aug 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 Te Rapa and Otaki on Saturday August 17, and there are a few standouts on the programmes.

New Zealand Racing Tips - August 24

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Previous Tips: 

August 17


Race 4: SKYCITY HAMILTON  (BM82) 1600M
Murray Baker’s six-year-old CRAFTY JESS looks well-placed here as she drops in grade. She battled on gamely last start here over the mile on a heavy 10 when finishing third behind Admiral in open company. She is coming off a 4-week let-up here and from gate six should be sitting just behind the early pace. All five of her career wins have come on wet tracks so the forecast heavy 9 will suit her perfectly. A track and distance winner already, she will be there when it counts.
Result (unplaced)

The pin-up mare of New Zealand racing returns to the track here. MELODY BELLE resumes after 23 weeks in the paddock and will take catching in this. The Commands mare is coming off a rare hat-trick of Group One victories. Her latest effort was victory in the Group One New Zealand Stakes (2000m) where she finished over the top of Danzdanzdance on a heavy 10 that day. She has drawn the outside gate, however her main rivals (Te Akau Shark and Helena Baby) have drawn next to her. It looks an open affair with settling positions a vital aspect. A six-time Group One winner, and winner of this race last year, I see the mare doing it again.
Result (4th)


Race 3: EL CHEAPO CARS HCP (BM82) 1100M
Another wet track lover, MISS LIZZIE looks right in the mix here after winning three of her past four starts (all on wet tracks). Three starts back, she was a winner here in BM72 company over 1400m where she put 2.5 lengths on her opposition on a heavy 10. Last start, she was a winner again at Trentham over 1200m when up in class. She meets similar company here and being a front-runner, the drop back to 1100m shouldn’t concern the mare. After the claim, she carries 2.5kgs under the limit and will take catching in the run home.
Result (1st - $4.40)

Yet to miss a top-three finish this preparation, ART DECO is ideally drawn and weighted to go back-to-back here. After a string of four minor placings since resuming this time in, the Road To Rock mare scored a convincing win here last start in open company over 1200m. She sat back in the small field and produced her best work in the run home to win by more than a length. All eight career victories have come on wet tracks so the forecast heavy 11 here won’t spoil her chances. After the claim here, she carries 2kgs less from that win and drawn the fence, she should prove hard to hold out again.
Result (scratched)

August 10 


On a seven-day back-up here, TRUDEAU is much better than his last start suggests and can give this a real shake. After winning a BM82 at Oamaru, he then finished a close-up fourth in the Winter Cup Trial (1400m) at Ashburton, beaten a long head on the line. He then beat home a smart field in the Oamaru Cup (1600m) on a Heavy 11 that day. Last start, he stepped up sharply in grade and finished unplaced in the Group 3 Winter Cup (1600m) on this track. Go on his previous three runs prior to the Group 3 event, which puts him right in the contest.
Result (unplaced)

Most stats point towards Dez racking up his hat-trick here, however I am running with the topweight ROSEWOOD to get her revenge after finishing second to Dez last start. After a four-week let-up, the Redwood mare (while well beaten) finished a good second behind the talented Helena Baby in the Listed Opunake Cup (1400m) at New Plymouth two starts back. Then she faced Dez last start in the Group 3 Winter Cup, here over 1600m. Conceding Dez 3.5kgs, the mare led only to be nutted on the line by the eight-year-old gelding. While Rosewood will carry 3.5kgs more here, Dez has to carry 6.5kgs more, meeting the mare 3kgs worse than last start. This could be enough to reverse the placings from their last meeting. 
Result (unplaced)


Race 8: HAUNUI FARM HCP (BM65) 1400M
The well-bred SYMBIO has done enough this preparation to stake a claim here. The Ocean Park four-year-old has had just four career starts to date but this time in is looking very sharp. Two starts back, he was impressive in winning his maiden, here over 1400m. Drawing wide (gate 11), he sat mid-field but finished strongly to take home first prize in the field of 16. Then last start, he was caught too far back at Te Rapa and couldn’t reel them in, finishing fourth in a BM65 on a heavy track. He has drawn well in gate seven here and against similar company, he should strip fitter and be hard to hold out.
Result (unplaced)

With four runs behind her this preparation, YAMUNA should be at her peak and looks well placed to make things interesting here. This good looking Iffraaj mare finished second at Tauranga two starts back behind Falkirk Lass over 1400m on a heavy track. Then last start, she finished a lot closer but still had to contend with second prize in another BM65 over 1400m at Arawa Park, again in heavy going. Both times she conceded weight to the winner. Here she comes in nicely at the weights and is drawn well in gate six. She will still settle back in the field but being fitter now, she will be finishing stronger and should figure prominently. 
Result (unplaced)

August 3


Race 7: GOLD CLUB PREMIER (BM65) 1200M
The lightly-raced REGENT STREET has shown plenty of improvement this time around with top-three placings in three of her four starts this preparation. Last start, she was a big winner at Wingatui where she put two lengths on a BM65 field over 1200m, where drew wide (gate 11) and came from mid-field to win on a heavy track. She faces similar company here and draws much better in gate five. With a 3kg claim, she comes in nicely at the weights as well. Looks right in the mix again.
Result (unplaced)

A winner of 10 races on wet tracks, ROSEWOOD should relish the going here, despite making her debut at the track. Three starts back, she won in open class at Awapuni over 1500m and last start, she beat all but the smart Helena Baby home in the Listed Opunake Cup at New Plymouth. That’s good form coming into this event. Lisa Allpress has won four of seven on the mare and retains the ride here. She is nicely weighted and looks the testing material.
Result (2nd - $2.10 to Place)


Winning three of her six starts this preparation, POLLY GREY looks a real chance of making it four here. Two starts back, she won comfortably here in a BM72 over the mile on a heavy track. Then last start, she left her run too late but finished strongly when grabbing fourth prize in similar company. She has won two of her three starts here and loves it wet. Michael Coleman remains aboard and together they look hard to hold out here.
Result (2nd - $2 to Place)

Race 6: ALLIED SECURITY (BM82) 2100M
Third-up here, DIVINE DUKE is ideally weighted to give this a real shake. From the O’Sullivan and Scott stable, the seven-year-old enjoyed a hat-trick of wins last campaign. Resuming from a 28-week spell, he finished third on fresh legs at Tauranga on a rain-sodden track over the mile trip. Then last start, he had to deal with similar conditions at New Plymouth and wasn’t disgraced finishing fourth in the BM82 event over 1800m. The track here is forecast as a Slow 8 which is far more to his liking. He has won two from four at the track and trip, his last run here was a massive 15 length win over 2100m where he jumped from the outside gate. He should strip a lot fitter after two runs in and looks right up to this.
Result (unplaced)

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