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New Zealand Racing Tips - Best bets for Ellerslie and Trentham on Saturday May 25

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 24 May 2019
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  • Previous results included.

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The key racing action in New Zealand comes from Te Rapa and Awapuni on Saturday May 18, and there are a few standouts on the programmes.

New Zealand Racing Tips - May 25

ELLERSLIE

Race 6: TUAKAU COSSIE RACING SECTION (OPEN) HCP 1200M
Ideally drawn here, MIDNIGHT RUNNER id a four-time winner over the 1200m and looks right in the mix again. He finished a solid third behind Pretty To Sea here on a heavy 10 when resuming from a five-month spell. Last start, he proved too good at Te Rapa in a BM82 over this trip. Yet to crack it for a win at Ellerslie, he gets his chance here from gate 3 and Opie Bosson remains aboard. Big chance in this.



Race 7: SCOTT ELECTRICAL (BM72) 1200M 
The well-bred WILD SEAS steps up in grade here but has the form on the board to cause this field real havoc. The three-year-old is by Ocean Park out of a Lonhro mare and the Sir Peter Vella owned filly is coming off a big win at Hastings last start where she put three lengths on her BM65 rivals and did it jumping from the outside gate (13) to boot. Saddlecloth 13, barrier 13, she settled second-last, 10 lengths off the pace but in the run home, stormed past them to win in a canter. She jumps from gate 2 here and will save plenty of ground in the process. Her six career starts have resulted in two wins and three minor placings and if her latest effort is anything to go by, she is in for a big future. 



TRENTHAM 

Race 5: HANLEY FORMULA AUTUMN SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL 1200M
Only a small field and a love for the heavy going, ON POINT should feel right at home in the conditions here. A six-time winner over the trip, the five-year-old mare is coming off a last-start win at Timaru where she comfortably won the 1200m event in similar company. Her time of 1:11.7 for the journey wasn’t bad considering the track was rated a dead 6 on the day. Terry Moseley remains aboard where he has been for four of the mare’s six victories. Drawn in gate 5, she will get back but be finishing hard late. She will be hard to hold out.



Race 7: NZB INSURANCE PEARL SERIES RACE (BM72) 1400M
Coming off two solid efforts at Stakes level, PLATINUM RAPPER then enjoyed a three-week let-up before finishing second at Trentham behind Burgundy Belle in a three-year-old Hcp over 1440m (on a heavy 10). The same conditions are forecast for Trentham this weekend as the Makfi filly looks well-placed in the BM72 field. She won over the 1400m trip five starts back at Otaki and there’s no reason why she can’t repeat that effort here. Drawn nicely in gate 4, she will sit in the second half of the field early and will be running on at the finish. The experienced Jonathan Parkes jumps aboard for his first ride on the filly and will be looking to add to his 106 winners this season.






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May 18

AWAPUNI

Race 7: JAMES BULL RANGITIKEI GOLD CUP 1600M
Wet track specialist RED SIERRA will relish the going here with a heavy 10 being predicted on Saturday. The Redwood mare has notched-up five victories from her 18 starts, and all of those wins have come on tracks rated a soft 9 or worse. Last start, she was resuming from a six-month spell and did a good job when finishing second behind Southern Icon in an Open Hcp over 1400m at Hastings. The track was rated a Dead 5 that day. Already a winner when second-up, she is a three-time winner in heavy going which makes her claims here even stronger. Yet to win over the mile, she gets her chance here as she comes in well at the weights with just 53kgs to carry. Fitter for her first-up effort, she poses a genuine chance here.
Result (2nd - $3.70 for the Place)

Race 8: AB EQUIPMENT/PTS LOGISTICS (BM72) 1600M
Winning two of his last three starts, the Kevin Gray-trained WHATSUP looks well-placed again with the distance and track conditions to suit. Three starts back, he was successful at Tauherenikau where he finished too good for his rivals in a BM65 over 1400m. Next start he stepped-up to the mile and couldn’t reel them in, finishing fifth at Hastings, beaten less than two lengths. Then last start, he came across his first heavy track and revelled in the going, winning the 1600m BM65 event comfortably in the end. Up to BM72 class here, he drops 3kgs after the claim and should be there at the finish.
Result (2nd - $2.30 for the Place)



TE RAPA

Race 7: HAPPY 60TH BRUCE DARBY (BM72) 1400M 
Four-year-old BRIDAL VEIL has had 10 career starts with seven of those run over 1400m trip. To date, her record stands at three wins and three minor placings from those seven starts so the distance here won’t be an issue. After two minor placings at Arawa Park and Matamata, the Niagara mare finished mid-field at Awapuni where the Good 3 track proved too firm for her, still only beaten two lengths in the end. Then last start, she fought off the challenges to win a BM72 in a tight finish over 1400m at Matamata. She has drawn wide here but with early gate speed, should manage a sit somewhere just off the pace and with Cameron Lammas aboard, looks in the mix here.
Result (unplaced)

Race 8: WAIKATO STUD (BM82) 1600M
Team Baker saddle-up the Savabeel filly IGNORED here who is currently in a winning mood with two victories from her past three starts. Second-up this preparation, she won a three-year-old handicap over the mile at Ellerslie before putting up a courageous effort at her next start where she jumped to Group Two class and finished fifth, beaten just over four lengths in the Valachi Downs C'ship Stakes (2100m) also at Ellerslie. Down sharply in grade last start, she finished too well for them in a BM72 on this track over the 1600m trip. She takes on BM82 company here but on her current form, will in this for a long way and could go on with it.
Result (unplaced)



May 11

ARAWA PARK

Race 5: CAMPBELL INFRASTRUCTURE ROTORUA CUP 2200M
The Richard Collett-trained AZABOY has improved with every run this preparation and last start proved too good for a BM82 field on this track. That day, he beat home some smart stayers headed by Lady Shabeel and Cossack Warrior with Gobstopper back in fourth place. This is a little tougher being at Group Three level but he does drop significantly in weight and will carry just 54.5kgs here. Andrew Calder will be having his third ride on the Azamour gelding, having already tasted victory on him previously. He maps well and should enjoy a sit with cover. He will be finishing hard.
Result: Unplaced

Race 7: ISCL ROTORUA STAKES (GROUP 3) 1400M
Four starts into this campaign and BACK IN A FLASH has won five of his eight career starts and looks well placed here to make it six. The Ekraar mare won here five starts back on a heavy 11 surface then repeated that effort next start at Ellerslie on another heavy track. Last start, the four-year-old mare gave them a galloping exhibition where she put almost seven lengths on the BM82 field over the 1400m journey. Andrew Calder sticks with her here and has ridden her on all but one occasion and this partnership look hard to beat again. 
Result: 4th

NEW PLYMOUTH

Race 4: LANDMARK HOMES HCP (OPEN) 1200M
Coming off a hat-trick of victories, COMEBACK looks well placed to go on with it here. The Makfi gelding has finished top three at his past five starts and lately has strung together three wins in good company which puts him in good steed for this. A win over 1200m at Trentham was followed by another in BM82 company over 1400m on the same track. Last start, he made it three on end with a hard-fought win at Awapuni over 1400m where he fought off all challenges to lead almost all the way. He steps up to open company here but does drop in weight and is drawn ideally in gate two for Jonathan Parkes who climbs aboard for his second ride on the four-year-old. All six of his wins have come on soft tracks which puts him right in the mix here.
Result: Won ($2.60)

Race 6: DENIS WHEELER EARTHMOVING (BM72) 1600M
The Team Baker-trained RIPPIN is second-up here after a long spell and if she brings her best form with her, she will be mighty hard to beat. The Rip Van Winkle mare was just getting into a winning mode when she went amiss and was spelled for 44 weeks. She won her maiden on a heavy 10 ay Hawera (first-up from a six-month spell), then franked that effort by winning a BM65 over the mile at her next start on a slow 7 at Te Rapa. Resuming (last start), she was in need of the run when finishing mid-field (beaten only two lengths) behind Bridal Veil in a BM72 over 1400m. She steps up to the mile here where she is already a winner and she will strip fitter from that first run back. Wit the sting out of the ground here, she will be there at the finish.
Result: Unplaced

May 4

TE RAPA

Race 6: WAIKATO EQUINE VETERINARY CENTRE 2YO STAKES 1100M
The Jamie Richards-trained FOLK DRESS has improved with every run and after winning her past two, shapes up here as a strong winning chance. She won her maiden two starts back at Matamata over 1200m then dropped back to the 1000m sprint trip and was even more impressive as she box-seated that day, then came four-wide on the turn and quickly put paid to the leaders to go on and win eased over the line. If she brings that form into this, she will prove very hard to beat. 
Result: 4th

Race 8: PATHWAYS - THE IMMIGRATION SPECIALISTS (BM72) 1600M
The Team Richardson-trained PAISLEY PARK is a lightly-raced gelding but with three wins from his six starts certainly shows potential. Three starts back, he was impressive when winning in BM72 company over the mile at Tauranga. He finished unplaced at his next two starts while racing in BM82 class but he drops back in grade here and looks better suited. Samantha Collett has partnered him for all three victories and remains aboard here. He has drawn wide here but will get back early and save his best for the run home. He looks right in the mix.
Scratched

RICCARTON PARK

Race 6: ANGUS MEATS GREAT AUTUMN PREMIER (OPEN) 2500M
With Orepuki Lad scratched from this, it makes the task for LIL SWISS MISS that much easier. A winner at Wingatui three starts back over 2200m, the Rip Van Winkle mare then made it back-to-back victories by winning the Listed Riverton Cup where she beat home Orepuki Lad in the last stride. She was then given a quick back-up (three days) which didn’t pay off as she finished unplaced in open company over 2147m at Riverton. She has enjoyed a 10-day break since that run and looks well-placed in this field. A definite threat.
Result: Unplaced

Race 8: DAPHNE BANNAN MEMORIAL GREAT EASTER STAKES (LISTED) 1400M
Quite an open affair here with several staking winning claims. Nothing beats winning form which is what HE KIN FLY brings into this event. He lines up with a hat-trick of victories to his name. Three starts back, he won the Listed Timaru Stakes here over 1400m where he put more than a length on Tomm Jones and Kiwi Ida. He then backed that win up with another good performance in BM82 company, winning that 1400m event by a similar margin. Last start, he finished best to get the prize in open company over the shorter 1200m journey. He ran the trip in 1:08 on a Dead 6 which is smart time. Drawn out today, he may have to do some early work to cross and find a sit just behind the pace. The Darci Brahma gelding is in impeccable form and must be respected here.
Result: (Won - $4.10)

April 27

TE RAPA 

Race 7: TRAVIS STAKES (GROUP 2) 2000M
In superb form this preparation, SUPERA is a worthy pre-post favourite here and the jump to 2000m will only benefit the Savabeel mare. After winning the Group Three Anniversary at Trentham, she made the big step up to Group One company in the Haunui Farm at Otaki and wasn’t disgraced in finishing mid-field (beaten 4.5 lengths) behind the super mare Melody Belle. She then bounced back in the Group One Thoroughbred Breeder’s Stakes at Te Aroha when finishing second (beaten a neck) by Nicoletta (one of her rivals here). She was finishing the better but fell short on the line. The extra 400 metres here will be the telling factor.
Result (1st - $3)

Race 8: INGLIS SALES CAMBRIDGE BREEDERS STAKES (GROUP 3) 1200M
Having just his fourth race start here, the Lauren Brennan-trained VIGOR WINNER looks well placed in this company and is sure to prove hard to beat. Nicely bred by Declaration Of War out of an Exceed And Excel mare, he won his maiden on debut and put 3.5 lengths on the field in the process. He then won again next start at New Plymouth beating home Lady Bethany and Duck Road, with Salt Bay finishing fourth that day and that four-year-old mare has gone on and won her past two starts. Last start, Vigor Winner took on Group Two company and was beaten a whisker on the line by the very smart Emily Margaret in the Wellington Guineas. That’s solid form to bring into this and puts him right in the mix.
Result (1st - $8.50)

HASTINGS

Race 5: PREFERMENT - FIRST YEARLINGS FOR SALE JAN 2020 MILE (BM82) 1600M
Plenty of experience over the mile here including INSCRIPTION who is a two-time winner over the trip. Last start she gave even-money favourite King’s Cross a start and a comprehensive beating in a BM82 over the mile at Tauranga. Spotting the leaders four lengths on the turn and being the widest runner, the five-year-old mare knuckled down to her task and took at the 100m mark, winning by more than two lengths in the end. Five starts into this preparation and she hasn’t finished worse than fourth and with fitness now at it’s peak, she will be hard to hold out here.
Result (1st - $3.60)

Race 7: HAWKE'S BAY BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (BM65) 1200M
Co-Owner and trainer Kylie Fawcett has POLLY GREY lining up here and with four starts now under her belt, she poses a real threat here. Her last start saw a maiden victory at Arawa Park where she led all the way in the 1230m contest. She was first-up after a six-month break that day. She should strip even fitter here and from gate three should find a forward spot without having to work too hard. If she is left alone to dictate the pace, she could prove hard to run down in the run home.
Result (unplaced)



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