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New Zealand Racing Tips - Best bets for Pukekohe and Awapuni on Saturday November 24

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 19 Nov 2018
  • 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 Park and Te Rapa on Saturday November 10, and there are a few standouts on the programmes.

New Zealand Racing Tips - November 24


Check back on Friday to see our updated best bets.

Previous Tips:


November 17

RICCARTON

Race 7: GAVELHOUSE.COM 46TH NEW ZEALAND 1000 GUINEAS (GROUP ONE) 1600M
A field of classy fillies line up here but the winner looks to come from the top three. I’m going with MEDIA SENSATION here purely on the basis of the fact she has had more racing and less time between runs. Winning four of her five career starts to date, she certainly shows plenty of potential. Two starts back she nosed-out Bocce at Arawa Park over 1215m then just seven days later, she lined up in the Group Three Soliloquy Stks over 1400m and outsprinted her rivals to win by almost a length in the end. Michael Coleman remains aboard after partnering the filly at her past three runs. All three of her past runs saw her carry the same allotted weight as she has here (56.5kgs) whilst her two main rivals will both carry 2kgs more than their latest runs. Also, the Team Williams filly is coming-off a three-week freshen-up while Xpression (four weeks) and Melt (six weeks) have been off the scene a bit longer. In an evenly run affair, Media Sensation’s fitness can get her across the line.
Result (1st - $5.40)

Race 9: CHRISTCHURCH CASINO 155TH NEW ZEALAND CUP (GROUP THREE) 3200M
The big two-mile event will test the top four at the weights which leads me to run with Team Baker’s five-year-old, MENTAL TELEPATHY. This beautifully bred son of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking has improved to a stage where he should be highly respected in an event like this. Two starts back, he was resuming from a four-week let-up and he proved to good in a BM82 over 2100m at Te Rapa. Then on a slow 8 rated track here last week, he battled on gamely to take home third prize behind Dee And Gee and Felaar in a Listed affair over 2500m. With a good track forecast for Saturday, the five-year-old will be fitter and be more home on top of the ground. Matthew Cameron has partnered the gelding on three of his four victories and backs-up again here. He has drawn a little wide but he will get back anyway and sit mid-field or worse early. Coming in on the limit (53kgs) he will be running on late and should figure prominently in the finish.
Result (unplaced)


TAURANGA

Race 6: WALKER & HALL HANDICAP (OPEN) 1400M
Second-up from a nine-month break, EMBELLISH looks well placed here and can take this out. The Jamie Richards-trained horse has had just nine career starts but has won a third of those and finished runner-up on three other occasions. After finishing mid-field in the Group One Australian Guineas at Flemington in March this year, he was spelled until resuming two weeks ago here where first-up he couldn’t match it with a much fitter Sleeping Beauty, finishing 2.5 lengths back in second place. Second-up here and fitter, he will prove hard to hold out with Opie Bosson remaining aboard after steering him to all three of his career victories to date. Already a winner second-up he looks the goods here.
Result (unplaced)

Race 7: GARTSHORE TAURANGA STAKES (GROUP TWO) 1600M
Another consistent runner from the Baker-Foresman stables is NICOLETTA who is second-up here and right in the mix. After finishing third in the Group One NZ Thoroughbred Breeder’s Stakes (1600m), the Savabeel mare repeated that effort next up in the Group Two Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa in a three-way go behind Our Abbadean and China Star. Then, resuming from a six-month break, the five-year-old beat home Livin’ On A Prayer in the Group Three Breeder’s Stakes at Hawera. She returns here after a five-week freshen-up and will prove very competitive in this field.
Result (2nd)


November 10

RICCARTON

Race 7: AL BASTI EQUIWORLD 46TH NEW ZEALAND 2000 GUINEAS 1600M
Murray Baker and Andrew Foresman have a really smart Savabeel colt on their hands and he is unbeaten in his only two starts. On debut, THE CHOSEN ONE made it look easy, winning his maiden at Waverley over 1400m. He jumped in front and that was the end of it, as he went on to a comfortable two length win. He then franked that effort second-up when jumping from maiden class to Listed company and repeated his maiden effort, winning the Zacinto Stakes (1600m) by more than two lengths, stamping himself as a horse to watch. At set weights here, its hard to go past him again. 
Result (Unplaced)

Race 9: REDWOOD METROPOLITAN TROPHY HANDICAP (OPEN) 2500M
She is coming off a modest win at Woodville but don’t sell this mare short. DUELLICIOUS finished unplaced at Pukekura over 1800m two starts back then turned it around with a win in similar company at Woodville. She found a dry track that day and jumped up to the 2200m trip as well. She looked a different horse on top of the ground and with a good 3 forecast here, she will certainly make her presence felt. She’s by Echoes Of Heaven who in 2011 won the Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) before finishing a close-up second in the South Australian Derby (2500m) which is a good pointer to the mare running the trip. She has some smart competition around her with Zentessa and Swing Note to contend with but on a dry track, that could give her the edge here. 
Result (Unplaced)


TE RAPA

Race 5: LEGACY LODGE SPRINT (LISTED) 1200M
An open affair here with YOUR WAY shaping up as a serious contender. The six-year-old mare is here after a mixed career in Australia. She had her first NZ start at Tauranga after 11 months off the scene and finished third behind the smart mare Sleeping Beauty. Back to 1200m here where she is has won six of eight and the wetter the better for this mare. 
Result (Unplaced)

Race 8: DISTINCTION HAMILTON HOTEL 1200 (BM72) 1200M
Looking for two in a row, COMEBACK only has to overcome a wide gate here to take this out. Team Rogerson has prepared this gelding perfectly this time in and is in fine touch. Resuming, the Makfi four-year-old finished second in a BM65 at Hastings then went one better here winning in similar company. Up a little in class here, he is a winner third-up and already a track and trip victor. Carrying the same weight and jockey, provided he can cross for a sit early, he should the one to beat again.
Result (Unplaced) 

November 3

TAURANGA

Race 6: CHESTERS PLUMBING & BATHROOM (OPEN HCP) 1300M
Last start winner SLEEPING BEAUTY steps up in grade here but has shown enough to suggest she will be competitive at this level. Four starts back, she won a BM82 over 1200m here in heavy going before then stepping up to 1400m where she found New York Minute a little too slick on the day, finishing a respectable second in the open company event. Last start she took care of a BM82 at Matamata, dropping back to the 1200m journey, carrying 58kgs to a 1.5 length victory. If the Rip Van Winkle mare can repeat that effort here, she will prove hard to run down as she drops 7.5kgs from that win after the claim here. 
Result (Won - $5.50)

Race 7: AON INSURANCE BROKERS (BM72) 1600M
Third-up here, HINERANGI should be just about at her peak now and can take this out. Resuming from a five-month break, she finished a creditable fourth over 1400m at Hastings, only weakening over the final stages. Last start she finished fifth behind The Mitigator in a BM72 at Te Rapa over the mile. With those two runs behind her, she should be poised to strike here. The five-year-old is a two-time winner at the trip and won her only start at the track to date. Regular rider Matthew Cameron back in the saddle and will be in search of his fourth win on the Fastnet Rock mare. Third-up, she looks right in the mix.
Result (Unplaced)


AWAPUNI

Race 5: COURTESY FORD RED CRAZE BOWL (OPEN HCP) 1400M
After finishing in the top three at four of her past five starts, ART DECO had excuses last start where she finished sixth behind Dark Princess over 1600m at Trentham in open company. She drew gate 12 (of 14) and was never on track, but never gave up in the run home. She has drawn wide again but if she can cross early and find a sit near the pace with cover, she will be there at the finish. 
Result (4th) 

Race 7: RICOH FEILDING GOLD CUP (OPEN HCP) 2100M
Three starts into this preparation, EXCALIBUR looks set to continue his unbeaten run over the 2100m journey and record a win on debut at Awapuni. The Tavistock gelding won three on the trot last campaign, all over the 2100m trip. Resuming from a six-month spell, he finished fourth over 1400m at Ruakaka before a fast finishing second over 1600m at Pukekohe Park. Last start he drew wide and was eased back at the start, trailing the field until the turn. He finished off strongly over the 1950m trip at Arawa Park and despite finishing officially eighth in the run, it was a solid and determined effort in the end. At his peak now, he is five from five at 2100m and drawing a decent gate here (6), he should settle a little closer and will appreciate the extra journey. He looks right in the mix here.
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