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New Zealand Racing Tips - Best bets for Pukekohe and Awapuni on Saturday November 23

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 17 Nov 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 Riccarton and Tauranga on Saturday November 16, and there are a few standouts on the programmes.

New Zealand Racing Tips - November 23


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Previous Tips:


November 16

RICCARTON PARK

Race 7: GAVELHOUSE.COM 47TH NEW ZEALAND 1000 GUINEAS (GROUP ONE) 1600M
The Lance Noble-trained BRAVELLA has been racing at Group level in her past five starts and since resuming this time in, has impressed greatly. In September, she came off a 25-week break and on fresh legs, was beaten a nose by Aretha in the Group Three Breeder’s Gold Trail at Hastings over 1200m. She drew gate 13 (of 14) that day which probably what cost her victory. Last start, she took on Group Three company in the Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie over the longer 1400m trip. There, jockey Leith Innes timed his run well, but was grabbed on the line by Travelling Light (who remains undefeated after three starts). Drawn gate four here, I believe Bravella will travel better in running from that draw and will strip much fitter after those two runs back. She lines up here a genuine winning chance.
Result (4th)

Race 9: CHRISTCHURCH CASINO 156TH NEW ZEALAND CUP (GROUP THREE) 3200M
Plenty of two-mile experience here and I’m sticking with last-start winner DUPLICITY to go back-to-back in this. The Duporth gelding finished an unlucky second in this event last year where he came up just short behind Bizzwinkle, beaten a long head on the line. He returned from a six-month break in August where his form was ordinary until two starts back where he stormed home late at Awapuni to grab second prize behind Toms in the Listed Feilding Cup over 2200m. Then last start, he franked that form in winning the Listed Metro Trophy (2500m) on this track where he beat home Dee And Gee, Soleseifei and Nymph Monte. He meets all three of those runners here again and now six runs into this preparation, the 3200m looks ideal for him.
Result (unplaced)

TAURANGA

Race 6: TAURANGA HARDWARE AND PLUMBING HANDICAP (BM82) 1200M
Yet to show his best, SPEEDY MEADY should be just about ready to pounce. The Swiss Ace gelding ended his past campaign with back-to-back wins, the last of those being a victory in the Group Three Breeder’s Stakes at Te Rapa where he dead heated with Vigor Winner. He was then spelled for five months before resuming in a six-horse BM82 at Ellerslie where he finished tailed off some 20 lengths behind the winner. He has shown plenty of improvement since that run, finishing third at his next start in similar company at Matamata, then last start, finishing sixth, beaten just over 2.5 lengths behind Spring Heat at Ellerslie. Fourth-up here, he should be at his peak now and can give this this a shake at odds.
Result (3rd - $1.70 to Place)


Race 7: GARTSHORE TAURANGA STAKES (GROUP TWO) 1600M
The very smart SUPERA looks ideally placed here and should take a ton of beating. Team Kelso have done a wonderful job with this Savabeel mare who sports an outstanding resume. Just prior to a 26-week spell, she won the Group Two Travis Stakes over 2000m at Te Rapa where she put almost two lengths on them. First-up this time in, she rattled home to miss by a mere nose, finishing second behind Tiptronic in a 1400m Open Hcp at Ellerslie. Just one unplaced run behind the multi Group One winning Melody Belle is the only blemish in her last preparation which reads seven starts for four wins and two minor placings. She is two from two second-up and looks to make it three here.
Result (1st - $1.90)


November 9

RICCARTON

Race 7: AL BASTI EQUIWORLD 47TH NEW ZEALAND 2000 GUINEAS (GROUP 1) 1600M
The $500,000 feature race on the program and it is all but impossible to go against CATYLIST here. The Darci Brahma three-year-old is flying high after four straight victories and he would have to do a lot wrong here to lose this one. After two huge wins at New Plymouth and Hastings, he franked that form with a super win in the Group Three Cambridge Stars N’land Breeders, putting more than three lengths on a fairly classy field that day. Then last start, he returned to the Hastings track and put almost three lengths on them in the Group Two Hawkes Bay Guineas over 1400m. He is stepping up to the mile here for the first time, but going on his last four starts, the extra 200 metres won’t be seeing him blowing any candles out at the finish. He looks far too good for them here.
Result: Won ($1.18)

Race 9: REDWOOD METROPOLITAN TROPHY HANDICAP (LISTED) 2500M
Many New Zealand Cup hopefuls use this as a lead-up to the big two-mile event (run in two weeks’ time). The Ashley Meadows-trained Duplicity is doing just that as his main target is the cup, however I see ZENTESSA as a solid each-way danger in this. The five-year-old mare has put in three impressive efforts lately and now that she has matured, the extra trip looks ideal for her. After finishing second behind Albut Me at Timaru over the mile two starts back, she lost her spot nearing the turn, then blocked for a run. Finally getting clear, she stormed home to grab third prize but should have finished a lot closer. The talented Matthew Cameron has the reins here for the first time and the multi Group One winning rider will ensure the mare gets every chance in this event.
Result: Unplaced

TE RAPA

Race 5: LEGACY LODGE SPRINT (LISTED) 1200M
Winning two of his past three starts, DAWN PATROL is in this up to his eye teeth. Three starts back, he timed his run to perfection and grabbed victory on the line at Pukekohe Park in a BM82 where he ran 1:10 for the 1200m on a Dead 6 that day. Then after finishing unplaced in the Group Three Red Badge Sprint at Hastings, the four-year-old lined up in the Group Three Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) at Arawa Park and finished too strongly for them. Jonathan Riddell was aboard for both victories and remains in the saddle here. Ten career starts have produced four wins and just as many minor placings and the only query here is how he will handle the forecast Good 3 track, having never raced on a dry track before. He should enjoy a gun run from gate four and will have every chance in the run home.
Result: Scratched

Race 8: NORRIS WARD McKINNON CORPORATE COMMERCIAL LAW  (BM72) 1200M
The unbeaten TAVI MAC looks the one to beat again. He won his maiden on debut at New Plymouth, then after a 20-week spell, returned to the same track and gapped a BM65 field, putting three lengths on his rivals on a Heavy 10 that day. Then last start, The Tavistock gelding stepped up to BM72 company where he made it three-from-three, carrying 55.5kgs to victory. He meets similar company here but does have to deal with a rise in weight. However, after the claim, he carries just 2.5kgs more than his last start win. Drawn ideally in gate three, he should be box-seating and gets the opportunity to produce his best in the run home.
Result: Unplaced

November 2


PUKEKOHE

Race 5: ROGER GILL AGRICULTURE (Open) 1200M
Two starts back from an 18-week break, MIDNIGHT RUNNER looks ready to win. First-up on a Heavy 10, the five-year-old battled on gamely to finish second prize over 1200m at Ellerslie then finished well in the Group Three Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) to take home third prize behind Dawn Patrol. He drops in grade here and with those two runs under his belt, he should be at his peak for this.

RESULT: Unplaced

Race 8: DUNSTAN HORSE FEEDS 1600
Promising Savabeel four-year-old PRISE DE FER hasn’t put a foot wrong since resuming from a lengthy 28-week spell. First-up, he was impressive in finishing third behind Guillada in a BM72 at Taupo then showed plenty of improvement to beat home Verbalizer and Meteoric Lass over 1400m at Te Teko. The gelding is rising in trip and a little in weight but shows plenty of ability and can give this a real shake.
RESULT: WON ($3.90)

AWAPUNI

Race 7: COURTESY FORD RED CRAZE BOWL (OPEN) 1400M
Another one third-up is TINKALICIOUS who loves this trip and will be hard to hold out. Second-up off a long 28-week spell, the Nadeem mare returned to her ‘pet’ distance of 1400m and proved too good for a BM82 field at Hawera, holding on to take the prize. A two-time winner at this track and four-time winner over the trip, she  looks the one to catch here. 
RESULT: 2ND  ($2.00 Place)

Race 9: RICOH FEILDING GOLD CUP (LISTED) 2200M
Several winning chances line up here in the Cup and I’m running with the Team Haworth-trained TOMS to take it home. The six-year-old is also third-up here and has an outstanding record at the trip. Second-up at Otaki he chased Collinstreet home all the way in a BM82 over the mile on a Heavy 11 that day. With fine weather and a Slow 7 forecast, he will strip a lot fitter with two runs behind him now and should be there at the finish. 
RESULT: WON  ($4.70)




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