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New Zealand Racing Tips - Best bets for Hastings and Riccarton Park on Saturday September 21

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 19 Sep 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 Hastings and Riccarton Park on Saturday September 21, and there are a few standouts on the programmes.

New Zealand Racing Tips - September 21

HASTINGS

Race 8: WINDSOR PARK PLATE (GROUP ONE) 1600M
Champion mare MELODY BELLE lines up here as the one they all have to beat. Her record is second to none and second-up this time in, she charged home to win the Group One Tarzino Trophy for the second year running. The beautiful Commands mare has won four of her past five and is a seven-time Group One winner. Unbeaten here winning three from three, she looks primed to make four in this.



Race 9: FAREWELL AND THANKS BARRY HOWES (BM82) 1400M
Drawn for a gun-run here, CAVALLO VELOCE is second-up and looks well-placed to give this a real shake. Coming off an 18-week spell, the son of O-Reilly ran home strongly behind Vigor Winner to grab third prize here over 1200m. Second-up in this, he will strip fitter and drawn the fence, he looks to get all the breaks and finding clean air on the turn, he should prove hard to hold out.



RICCARTON PARK

Race 6: CHRISTCHURCH CASINO NEW ZEALAND CUP TRIAL HANDICAP 1800M
A good warm-up for the NZ Cup and six-year-old PAMIR is coming off a last-start win and looks a big show here. Third-up off a 17-week spell and she finished too strong for a BM72 field at Ashburton over 2200m coming from last on a Slow 7 track. After the claim, she drops 4kgs from that run and comes back to the 1800m as well. Apprentice Rohan Mudhoo remains aboard and the Mauritius-born rider will be having his 14th ride on the mare and has steered her to three of her four career wins. She looks right in the mix here.



Race 7: FLAIR OPEN SPRINT 1200M
The Team Parsons-trained KIWI IDA has a glowing resume and boasts a superb winning strike rate of 29% for a horse with 34 starts under her belt. Ten wins and 12 minor placings highlight her career and second-up here she looks a real chance of improving that strike rate. Resuming from a 15-week spell, she lined up in a 1000m open sprint and ran home well from mid-field to grab second prize behind Morweka here on a Heavy 10. She is a two-time winner at the track and trip and has won second-up before. She ticks all the boxes here and looks hard to beat.





Previous Tips:


September 14

AWAPUNI

Race 7: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM METRIC MILE (OPEN) 1600M
Finishing behind the placegetters at her past couple, ROSEWOOD will be far better suited here being a track specialist and will thrive in the going as well. The six-year-old mare was well beaten last start, finishing 10 lengths last in a field of five at New Plymouth. That was an unsuitable 1300m contest and she missed the start badly that day. Back to the mile here, she has drawn the fence and Lisa Allpress returns to the saddle where she has steered the mare to all four of her career victories, which have all been on the Awapuni track. Placed twice in Group Three company previously, she represents great each-way value in early markets.
Result (unplaced)

Race 8: CR GRACE/MARSH INSURANCE BROKER HANDICAP (BM72) 1600M
Lightly-raced BECKIDBOO lines up here a solid lightweight chance. The five-year-old mare has hardly put a foot wrong this preparation with two wins and as many runner-up finishes in her five starts. After a fast finishing second at Hawera two starts back, she then went one better at New Plymouth. On a Heavy 11, she put two lengths on a BM65 field of 11 over the 1600m trip. She goes up again in grade here but does drop slightly in weight. Apprentice, Ashvin Goindasamy was in the saddle for the last two runs and remains aboard here. The mare should give a bold sight in this.
Result (4th)

RUAKAKA

Race 5: NORTHERN DISTRICTS SECURITY RUAKAKA CUP 2200M
The Graham Richardson-trained SULIMAN is in good touch of late and looks well-placed here. Two starts back, the Redwood gelding proved too good for a BM82 field at Te Rapa putting almost two lengths on them in the 2200m event. He then came off a four-week freshen-up and finished a close-up second to Lambrusco in an Open Hcp over 2100m at the same track. The six-year-old has enjoyed another four-week break since then and will be nice and fresh for this. Down 2.5kgs on that last run, he is right in the mix here.
Result (unplaced)

Race 7: CAMBRIDGE STUD NORTHLAND BREEDERS STAKES (GROUP THREE) 1200M 
Some smart three-year-olds will face the starter here and among them will be CATALYST who should prove very hard to beat. The Darci Brahma gelding showed what he is capable of at just his second start where he destroyed a field of two-year-old maidens at New Plymouth. On a Slow 9 that day, he put almost six lengths on his 10 rivals carrying 57.5kgs. Then resuming from a 16-week spell, he franked that form with another impressive effort. Jumping sharply in grade, he won the Listed Sir Colin Meads Trophy as a three-year-old, putting four lengths on the field in the process. This is one very smart gelding and he looks pick of the crop for this meeting.
Result (1st - $1.50)



September 7:

ELLERSLIE

Race 6: BOUTIQUE BODY CORPORATES GREAT NORTHERN HURDLE (OPEN) 4190M
Several chances face the starter in the big hurdle event with topweight LAEKEEPER heading the pack. Th eight-year-old boasts a solid resume with his only blemish in his past five starts being two failures to finish where he lost the rider in running. Last start, he showed his true colours, winning his debut start on this track over 3350m, putting 2.5 lengths on the field. Seven of his eight wins have been on heavy tracks and with a heavy 10 forecast for Saturday, he looks the testing material here.
Result (2nd - $2.20 to Place)

Race 8: NETWORK VISUALS GREAT NORTHERN STEEPLECHASE (OPEN) 6400M 
One of the youngest in the field, eight-year-old LACUSTRE will give this a real shake with a repeat performance of his last start. The Postponed gelding hasn’t finished worse than fifth in his past seven starts and saved his best for his latest effort where dominated proceedings here two weeks ago with a 5.5 length victory over the 4900m steeple course. The only query here is the step up in distance but in his current frame of mind, he looks right in the mix.
Result (4th)

RICCARTON PARK

Race 6: GAVELHOUSE.COM OPEN HANDICAP 1000M
Another promising galloper from the Jamie Richards stable, SWORD OF OSMAN is a Group One winner who looks well-placed here. The Savabeel gelding finished off his last campaign finishing second behind King Louis in the Group Two Mongolian Khan at Ellerslie prior to a spell. He resumes here after the 32-week break and has won when fresh. Aa winner of five of his eleven starts, he should prove hard to hold out.
Result (scratched)

Race 8: CHRISTCHURCH CASINO OPEN HANDICAP 1600M
In outstanding form of late, NOMEN LUDI again looks the testing material here. Coming off a convincing win in a BM82 at Timaru, the six-year-old lined-up in the Group Three Winter Cup on this track and wasn’t disgraced, finishing fifth (of 18) in the 1600m event. Last start, he battled on well in the 1800m Winter Classic one week later. He has enjoyed a four-week freshen-up since then and drops back to the mile where he is already a two-time winner. He should be on pace here and prove hard to run down.
Result (1st - $5)

WANGANUI

Race 6: LIQUORLAND HCP (OPEN) 2040M
The Stacey Dougan-trained CHARLIE HORSE has won three of his past four starts and looks well-placed to add one more to his resume. Coming off a six-length demolition of a BM72 field at New Plymouth, he beat all but Lambrusco home in a BM82 at Te Rapa. Last start, he bounced back at Otaki, winning a BM82 by two lengths over 2100m. He’s had a three-week freshen-up since then and has drawn the fence here. He steps up to Open company here but on form, he will make a good account of himself in this field.
Result (1st - $2.50)

Race 7: DAVE HOSKIN CARRIERS HCP (OPEN) 1200M
The grand mare, MISS LIZZIE lines up here winning five of her past six starts, and looks the testing material in this field. After winning a BM82 at Trentham, the eight-year-old then faced a similar field at Otaki where she put five lengths between herself and the rest, then made it a hat-trick at New Plymouth, winning again in open company. She faces a similar field again here and is a three-time winner over the 1200m trip. Drawn in gate four, she Birdie Ansell aboard again who has won five of her six rides aboard the mare, and together again, they will take a tower of beating here.
Result (2nd - $1.70 to Place)


August 31

HASTINGS

Race 5: EL ROCA - SIR COLIN MEADS TROPHY 1200M
Resuming from a 22-week break, EQUINOX looks well-placed here despite the wide draw. Two starts back, he led all the way at Trentham over 1200m as a two-year-old. He then stepped up sharply in grade to the Group One Sires’ Produce where he wasn’t disgraced when finishing unplaced, beaten less than 2.5 lengths. The hard Good 3 track didn’t help his cause either. He has excellent gate speed and should lea this field. If he is allowed to dictate the race, he can quite easily go on and steal it. 
Result (2nd - $1.50 to Place)

Race 9: TARZINO TROPHY (GROUP ONE) 1400M
Can it be sweet revenge for New Zealand’s pin-up mare MELODY BELLE as she takes on Endless Drama again? Winner of this event last year, the Jamie Richards-trained five-year-old will be out to redeem herself after her last start defeat and she will have to do it the hard way after drawing out in the boondocks in gate 14. Prior to her last spell, she strung together a hat-trick of Group One victories before hitting the paddock. First-up at Te Rapa, she took on stablemate Te Akau Shark and Endless Drama in the Group Two Foxbridge Plate and battled on well to grab fourth prize, beaten 2.5 lengths that day. She will improve greatly on that run, and has won four of her five starts at the 1400m trip. If she can deal with that wide draw, I believe she will be hard to hold out in the end.
Result (1st - $5.50)

RUAKAKA

Race 5: HARCOURTS JUST RENTALS (BM82) 1400M
Coming off a string of outs, MAGIC OF THE SUN got it together last start where dropping back to the 1200m trip, he put two lengths on the BM82 field with Sam Spratt aboard. The same jockey is legged aboard here for her 17th ride on the seven-year-old, having been successful on three occasions to date. He does return to the 1400m trip here but on his last performance, that shouldn’t pose a problem. Braavos may cross and lead giving him a tow in the race. In similar company here, he could go back-to-back.
Result (unplaced)

Race 6: HARCOURTS WHANGAREI (OPEN) 1200M
Classy mare AVANTAGE resumes from a 20-week break and with a resume that reads three from three when first-up, it’s sure to have her rivals worried here. She crossed the Tasman for a raid on Sydney and came home with some silverware. First-up at Rosehill, she won the Group Three Birthday Card, then backed up in the Group Two Arrowfield Sprint where she finished a gallant third behind Classique Legend. Sam Weatherly is back in the saddle for this and has already tasted success on the mare when he drove her to a six-length victory at her second race start. Already a Group One winner, and placed multiple times at Group Level, she looks the testing material in this.
Result (2nd - $1.10 to Place)





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New Zealand Racing Tips - Best bets for Hastings and Riccarton Park on Saturday September 21

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