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New Zealand Racing Tips - Trentham and Gore on Saturday January 19

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 1 hour 33 minutes ago
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The key racing action in New Zealand comes from Trentham and Kumara on Saturday January 12, and there are a few standouts on the programmes.

New Zealand Racing Tips - January 19


TRENTHAM

Race 5: HARCOURTS THORNDON MILE (GROUP ONE) 1600M
Four starts into this preparation saw MORE WONDER return to the winner’s circle (in a big way), winning a three-year-old Hcp over 1400m at Riccarton by three lengths. The Mossman gelding franked that form. Winning next up at Awapuni, putting two lengths on his opposition there. Rising sharply in grade, he wasn’t disgraced when finishing fourth in the Group Two Auckland Guineas (1600m). Last start didn’t see the luck change when finishing fourth again, beaten less than a length in the Group One Levin Classic (1600m) behind the very smart Madison County. Drawn gate three here, he will still drop back and save his best for last. Samantha Collett partners the three-year-old for the second time, hoping to improve on her last ride, finishing last of eight on a heavy 10 track last August. Down 3.5kgs on his last start fourth, watch for him finishing late and hard.

Race 7: JR & N BERKETT TELEGRAPH (GROUP ONE) 1200M
The second of the Group One’s looks an open affair with firm favourite Melody Belle drawn very wide, opening up the race for a few others to stake claims. BOSTONIAN finished his last campaign unbeaten, recording a hat-trick of victories between Doomben and the Sunshine Coast. He then returned to New Zealand and won first-up in the Listed Counties Bowl (1100m) at Pukekohe. Last start he finished mid-field in the Group One Sistema Railway (1200m) where he found the Good 3 track a little too firm for him. A dead track is forecast here which will benefit him greatly after winning four of six races on Soft tracks. Vinnie Colgan remains aboard after partnering the four-year-old at his past two starts. He is drawn much better than Melody Belle while the mare has to concede weight to the son of Jimmy Choux as well. Watch for an improved effort here.


GORE

Race 5: MLT / DB BREWERIES GORE CUP 2000M 
Falling just short at her past two starts, COME FLY WITH ME ticks plenty of boxes here and lines up as a real threat. Two starts back, the eight-year-old mare fought on well to finish third behind Kaharau at Cromwell then last start found Gallant Boy too strong on the day, finishing second in the 2150m open event. Lee Callaway has steered the mare to eight of her eleven career victories and will be out to make it one more here. Big chance to lead all the way in this.



Race 7: LIQUORLAND GORE GUINEAS 1335M
Unbeaten in two race starts to date, WEAPONRY rises sharply in class here but has the runs on the board to suggest the gelding can give this a shake. Showed a great turn of foot on debut where he took the lead passing the 200m mark and hung on to take the winner’s cheque. He then backed that up three weeks later, Winning a BM65 in similar fashion. He drops 2kgs here and from gate two will enjoy a nice sit behind the pace. Watch for him finishing late.





Previous Tips and Results:


January 12


TRENTHAM 

Race 7: FUSION ELECTRICAL LEVIN CLASSIC (GROUP ONE) 1600M
Last start Group One winner MADISON COUNTY looks ideally placed at set weights here and will prove very hard to beat. Out of the Team Baker stables, the Pins gelding has won two of his four starts this preparation and filled the minor money at his other two starts. Two starts back he won the Group Two Hawkes Bay Guineas (1400m) then was third in the Group Two J&A Sarten Memorial (1400m) at Te Rapa. Last start, the three-year-old was hungry for victory and finished full of running in the Group One NZ 2000 Guineas (1600). He put 2.5 lengths on Dawn Patrol and Sir Nate that day and a repeat of that effort here would see him win this event. Fresh off a nine-week break is the only concern. Despite that, it’s hard to tip against him here.
Result (Won - $2.10)

Race 8: TUI- BACKING A WINNER SINCE 1889 ANNIVERSARY HCP (GROUP THREE) 1600M
Drawn ideally here, SUPERA gets the chance to make it three wins from four starts this preparation with Rosie Myers in the saddle for the first time. This Savabeel mare has put the writing on the wall, winning four of her nine career starts to date. Winning her first two starts since resuming from a six-month break, she then lined up last start in the Group Two Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) and after drawing the outside gate, did a super job to finish third (beaten less than a length) behind Belle Du Nord and the talented Lizzie L’amour. That form puts her right in the mix here among Group Three contenders. Drawn gate one and drops 4kgs from her last start, she will be there at the finish.
Result (Won - $4.90)

KUMARA

Race 7: ALEX HAYWARD/NOEL WAFER POW MEMORIAL (BM72) 1810M
He doesn’t win too many but TWO THIRTY gets the chance to add another win here if he brings his racing hooves to the track. The Fast ‘N’ Famous gelding showed further improvement last start when finishing third behind Timy Tyler in a BM82 (1500m) at Greymouth. Sent out as an even-money favourite, he held his ground most of the way but couldn’t match it with the first two past the post. He steps up in distance here but does drop in grade. Look for improvement.
Result (2nd)

Race 8: VERNON AND VAZEY TRUCK PARTS KUMARA GOLD NUGGETS (OPEN) 1810M
On a six-day back-up here, KAHARAU looks well placed and is drawn to give a bold sight. Last start, the seven-year-old finished third to Overtheriver (topweight here) when travelling wide for last half of the race. The Ad Valorem gelding meets Overtheriver 3kgs better from their last encounter and if he can settle closer to the fence here, he may have enough left to overpower the topweight.
Result (Unplaced)

January 5


AWAPUNI

Race 5: CENTRAL ITM PREMIER (BM82) 1200M 
Five-year-old mare Blondlign is shooting for five in a row here but with fine weather and strong winds forecast for Friday and Saturday the track can only improve from it Dead 5 rating at the moment and these conditions may not suit her. Should this occur, I believe MARS BARS will relish the dry track and gain revenge over her two recent losses behind Blondlign. Last start the heavy 10 track was against her when finishing third behind Blondlign. Back on top of the ground here and with the experienced Samantha Collett aboard for the first time, she gets the chance to balance the ledger.
Result (4th)

Race 7: GALLAGHER MARTON CUP (LISTED) 2200M
A close-up second in the Group Three New Zealand Cup (3200m) puts DUPLICITY right in the mix here. The Duporth gelding was gallant in defeat chasing the winner home all the way, beaten a long head on the line. Then defying the odds, he dropped back to 2000m next start and came from last to get up and win the open hcp event. He meets them well at the weights here and has an outstanding record on top of the ground. He shapes up as a genuine threat.
Result (unplaced)

RUAKAKA

Race 1: PUNTERS CLUB TICKETS $5 (BM72) 1400M
Second-up here, MALTESE RUBY looks perfectly placed to register her third win over the 1400m journey. Resuming from a 10-month spell, she showed a solid turn of foot when storming home to finish second in a BM72 over 1200m at Matamata. The Darci Brahma mare now steps up to her preferred 1400m where she is a two-time winner and has the talented Matthew Cameron aboard for the first time. She should enjoy a perfect sit behind the early pace and will again be doing her best work late.
Result (unplaced)

Race 7: THE WHANGARIPO VALLEY FREE RANGE EGG CUP (BM72) 2100M
A genuine case of horses for courses here with FINAL SUGGESTION yet to miss a top three finish on the Ruakaka track. Two of his last three victories were scored here with his last two wins in this grade. Last start he took on BM82 company at Te Rapa and while finding that a little too rich, he was only beaten three lengths in the 1600m event which also proved a bit too short (after racing over 2100m at his previous two runs). The boxes are ticked here. The four-year-old returns to his favourite track, he drops back to BM72 grade and is back up to the 2100m trip. Going with the positives here, he represents a real threat to this field.
Result (1st - $4.60)

December 29


MATAMATA 

Race 6: HOBBITON™ MOVIE SET  (BM82) 1200M 
Mixing her form of late, POP STAR PRINCESS has shown a preference for wet tracks and she appears to be getting just that here. Three starts back she won a BM72 on a Dead 4 finishing better than the rest. Following that run, the Makfi mare finished third over the shorter 1100m trip on a slow 7. Forget her last start where she missed the jump by two lengths and did well to beat four home that day. Lynsey Satherley has ridden the mare on all 11 occasions and remains aboard here. Rain is forecast so a wet track looks imminent. She looks right in this.
Result (Unplaced)

Race 7: BLOODSTOCK ACHIEVING XCELLENCE (BM72) 2000M
Four starts into this preparation and FLOURISHING has missed the money just once and there were excuses that day. Two starts back, she finished off nicely to hang onto second prize at Hastings over the mile trip. Then last start, the Makfi mare stepped up to the 200m journey and gave her rivals a galloping lesson, winning the BM65 event by more than two lengths, here on a wet track. Conditions appear to be similar here with more rain forecast. Up in class but down in weight, Samantha Collett in the saddle and proven over the trip, she looks right in the mix here.
Result (Unplaced) 

STRATFORD

Race 5: MCDONALD REAL ESTATE (BM65) 1200M
Second up here, THE GROWLER could prove to be some nuisance value given there is a genuine pace set up front. First-up after seven months in the paddock, the Darci Brahma gelding box-seated from a perfect draw and despite his condition giving out in the concluding stages, he fought on well at Waipukurau to take third prize home that day. After the claim here, he carries just a half kilo over the limit and fitter from that first run, he should be running on here.
Result (2nd)

Race 7: OPS PLUMBING AND PIPELINE STRATFORD CUP 2000M 
Winning two of her last four, LORDE HAVE MERCY is in a purple patch of form at the moment and I see no reason why she can’t go on with it here. Four starts back, the four-year-old mare finally cracked her maiden and did it in style, winning by nearly two lengths at Pukekura over 2000m. Next start she franked that form by making it two in a row where she put 1.5 lengths on her opposition at Waverley. Last start, she stepped up to BM72 class and with Sam Spratt aboard for the first time, got too far back and found it too big a task to run them down with 57kgs to carry. She steps up again to Open class but does drop 3kgs in the process here. It is a big rise in company but with Rosie Myers aboard, she will be given every chance and does look a solid each-way hope.
Result (2nd)

December 22


AWAPUNI

Race 6: HOTEL COACHMAN MANAWATU CUP 2200M
Surely only bad luck will deprive GLORY DAYS of taking home the Cup here. A winner of her past four starts, the Red Giant mare looks to have a stranglehold on this with the mood she’s been in of late. After cruising to victory in the Waverley Cup two starts back, she then made it four-straight winning the Wanganui Cup last start, coming from well back to win by more than a length. Carrying the same weight here, Lisa Allpress remains aboard and is two from two on the mare’s back. Hard to tip against her.
Result (Unplaced)

Race 7: KAMADA PARK MANAWATU CHALLENGE STAKES (WFA) 1400M
Disappointing of late, DOLCETTO returns to his favourite track and I expect him to show a big improvement from his last two performances. Coming off a solid effort when runner-up to Dark Princess in the Group Three G & H Thompson Hcp (1600m) at Trentham, the six-year-old then finished ninth of eleven when dropping back to 1200m at Otaki. Last start, he returned to the mile trip at Trentham but was no match for the Class One field when finishing 10th of 13 in the Captain Cook Open. Most boxes are ticked here and point towards him getting back on track. The biggest asset he has here is being a winner of four from five starts at the track. He raced ungenerously at those last two starts with Jason Waddell in the saddle. Here, Samantha Collett returns and has an impeccable record with gelding, winning six and finishing second three times from 10 rides. Worth another chance on this track.
Result (3rd)

TE RAPA

Race 6: NATIONWIDE LIVESTOCK 1200 (BM65) 1200M
Three runs back from a seven-month break, PITCH AND SWITCH is more than ready to break through here. The Manhattan Rain mare has been thereabouts at her last two starts, finishing fourth on both occasions. Last start she battled on gamely when drawn wide and trapped three deep the entire trip, she showed plenty of spirit in the run to line to finish just behind the placegetters. Drawn out again here, Opie Bosson remains aboard and he can secure a sit closer to the fence here, her fitness will get her to the line. Fourth-up and hard to beat here.
Result (Won - $4.40)

Race 7: RED CABS 2100 (BM72) 2100M
With her last four starts evenly spaced (each three weeks apart), the Jim Collett-trained KATIE PERRIE looks well placed enough to bounce back from her poor showing last start. Just one start after resuming from six months in the paddock, the four-year-old then strung three wins in a row, progressing from maiden class to BM72 company and coming out on top each time. Then last start, Samantha Collett jumped back aboard the mare, who is trained by her father, and she failed to run on in the straight. She faces similar opposition here and has Reece Jones returning to the saddle who is two from two on back of the mare. She will settle back in the field so drawing wide won’t play a huge part. If she can reproduce the form she showed before her last run, she will be in this battle for a long way.
Result (2nd)

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