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New Zealand Racing Tips - Best bets for Arawa Park and Otaki on Saturday July 27

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 22 Jul 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 Arawa Park and Otaki on Saturday July 27, and there are a few standouts on the programmes.

New Zealand Racing Tips - July 27


Check back on Friday to see out updated best bets. 

Previous New Zealand Tips:


July 20

NEW PLYMOUTH

Race 5: REVITAL FERTILISERS HCP (BM72) 1400
Third-up here, LA LANDONNE looks ideally placed to make it back-to back victories. Last start, the mare was second-up from a 19-week break and ploughed through the heavy 11 surface to dish out a real galloping lesson as she recorded a seven-length hiding to her BM65 rivals at Wanganui over the 1340m journey. She has had a five-week freshen-up since then but this shouldn’t affect her chances of going on with it from here. The Iffraaj four-year-old should strip even fitter in this and with another heavy track forecast, she will be right at home in the conditions and looks the one to beat again.
Result (unplaced)

Race 6: POWERWORX OPUNAKE CUP 1400M
Winning his past four races straight, the John Bell-trained HELENA BABY has set the scene and looks primed to go on with it here. He won his maiden by six lengths and hasn’t looked back since then. After winning at BM65 grade, he then progressed to BM72 company and duly won that event by four lengths. Then last start, he took on a BM82 at Te Rapa and was too good for them there as well. All four of his victories have been on wet tracks and over the 1400m journey. Climbing nicely through the grades, the four-year-old looks well up to this assignment and looks the one to beat again.
Result (1st - $2.25)

TE RAPA

Race 8: STAPHANOS @ NOVARA PARK (BM72) 1600
Unbeaten at the track, POLLY GREY lines up here looking to make it back-to back victories. The four-year-old grey mare has won three of her past five starts and looks ideally placed to do it all again in this event. Last start, she went around in a BM72 which was her first attempt at the mile and she came through with flying colours, winning the race by almost two lengths. She carried 57.5kgs on top of the heavy 10 Te Rapa circuit and will have similar conditions to deal with here. Michael Coleman returns to the saddle (having won on the mare previously), and she only rises half a kilo on her last start victory. The Azamour mare should enjoy a mid-field sit with cover and be charging home again. 
Result (4th)

Race 9: BGP BATTLERS CUP (BM82) 2200M 
In with a real lightweight chance, SWEET TREAT is in good enough form to figure heavily in the finish here. In the good hands of Team Rogerson, the five-year-old has been racing consistently in her current campaign, finishing top three in seven of her past 11 races. Last start, she finished on top of her rivals in a BM72, here over this distance with Trudy Thornton aboard. Her last victories have been over this trip and Thornton is yet to finish worse than second on the bay mare. She is up in grade here but is nicely drawn in gate five and at the weights still rates highly as a winning chance.
Result (2nd)


July 13

RUAKAKA

Race 4: ITM/GIB (BM82) 1600M
The lightly-raced AMAZING AZ is second-up here and poses a lightweight threat. Resuming from a 31-week break, the four-year-old hit the line well here to finish third, beaten just over a length in BM82 company over an unsuitable 1400m. Here, the Azamour gelding steps up to the mile where he is already a winner at the track and trip. Craig Grylls jumps aboard for the first time and from gate three, should enjoy a nice sit. Both career wins have been on this track, now shooting for three.
Result (2nd - $2.20 to Place)

Race 6: ITM/GIB WHANGAREI GOLD CUP 2100M
Finally cracking it for a win this preparation, POKER FACE looks in his element here and the one to beat. Finishing just behind the placegetters since resuming from a 21-week spell, last start he stepped up to a more suitable trip and comfortably won the BM82 event over 2100m, here two weeks ago. He steps up to Open Class here but has fitness and an impressive last start win on his side to be more than competitive.
Result (1st - $3.60)

TRENTHAM

Race 6: VERNON & VAZEY TRUCK PARTS PARLIAMENTARY HANDICAP (OPEN) 2200M
Coming off back-to-back victories, the six-year-old mudlark LOOK OUT sends a good warning to his rivals here. Two starts back ,he revelled in the going at Wanganui where he put 3.5 lengths on the field in a BM72 over the mile on a heavy 11 that day. Then last start, he backed that up with another strong win at Waverly in similar company. Jumping from gate 12 (of 13), he carried 70kgs over the 2200m trip and still won by more than a length. He is stepping up to Open Class here, but is dropping a massive 16kgs in weight (more than two stone on the old scale) and that will be a big advantage on a track currently rated a Heavy 11. He is two from three over the distance and looms as a real danger here.
Result (unplaced)

Race 7: EL CHEAPO CARS WHYTE HANDICAP (OPEN) 1600M
Track specialist OUR BANDIT lines up here with a glowing resume and looks the hardest to beat. Third-up after a 23-week spell, he stepped up to the mile for the first time this preparation and charged home to grab a last-stride win at Otaki in BM82 company on a heavy track. He returns to Trentham now where he has won four of his seven starts on the circuit including two at the distance as well. A two-time winner in heavy conditions, he should be at his peak after three runs back and although he hasn’t saluted in over two years, he gets his chance here.
Result (unplaced)


July 6

AWAPUNI

Race 5: J&J WALTERS HCP (BM82) 2100M
Coming off a big last-start win, MY GIFT looks perfectly placed to repeat the dose in this event. After failing in two open class events, the six-year-old then dropped significantly in grade at Tauranga and reaped the rewards where he put more than five lengths on his opposition in a BM72 over 2100m. He took over passing the 300m mark and simply ran away from them. He steps up to BM82 company here but his last start effort suggests he will have little trouble handling the class rise. Already a two-time winner at the trip and on heavy tracks, he should be giving another bold sight here.
Result (1st - $3.20)

Race 8: JAMES & SON HCP (BM72) 1550M
The Clayton Chipperfield-trained OBSESSIVE hasn’t missed a beat in his past six starts, finishing top three in all six. The four-year-old resumed from a 12-month lay-off finishing second in a BM72 at Ellerslie on a heavy 10 that day. Second-up, he wasn’t disgraced when finishing third behind Light Shadow at Ruakaka over the mile. With those runs behind him, he looks well placed to go on with it here and after the claim, looks ideally weighted to give this a real shake.
Result (1st - $3)

TE RAPA

Race 6: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN SOUTHWORTH (BM82) 1400M
The very promising HELENA BABY lines-up here shooting for four in a row and looks well placed to achieve that goal. The Guillotine gelding broke is maiden status with a six-length win at Arawa Park on a heavy 10, then repeated that effort next-up in a BM65. Last start, he made it a hat-trick with a four-length win in BM72 company at Ellerslie, beating home Obsessive (our tip in race 8 at Awapuni). He steps up to BM82 company here but his current form suggests the rise in grade shouldn’t be an issue. He looks the won to beat again.
Result (1st - $1.70)

Race 7: NZB INSURANCE PEARL SERIES RACE (BM72) 1600M
Murray Baker’s filly RED BEACH is well drawn and weighted to make it three wins from her past four starts here. After winning a BM65 over the mile by two lengths at Pukekohe Park, she found the going a little too heavy at Ellerslie next start, finishing unplaced. Returning to Pukekohe last start, she again proved too good over the mile, putting almost two lengths on her rivals that day. She steps up in class here but has fitness and form on the board to suggest she will handle it. Donavan Mansour retains the ride after steering her to victory last start. The Darci Brahma filly maps well and from gate four should be just off the pace with cover. She looks right in the mix here.
Result (unplaced)




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