New Zealand Preview & Best Bets – Saturday September 3

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New Zealand Tips 03/09/2022

Our form expert provides New Zealand tips for today’s horse racing at New Zealand Racecourse and gives his best bets.





Race 5:  No.4  BURGUNDY ROSE  ($2 with Palmerbet)

The Mark Walker-trained BURGUNDY ROSE resumes here but sporting a solid first-up record, will take beating in this event. Last start, the Burgundy mare ended her previous campaign finishing mid-field in Listed company over 1200m at Hastings. Her form prior to that was impressive, boasting five top-three finishes in seven starts (which included two victories). Regular rider Joe Kamaruddin is back on board here, boasting a record of two wins and five minor placings from 12 previous rides on the mare. Drawn the fence here, she gets the gun-run and maps to take full advantage of it by settling on the speed. Already a two-time winner on fresh legs, she looks the one to beat here.



Race 7:  No.8  BURNVUE  ($3.90 with Unibet)

Local galloper BURNVUE is a track specialist and will take beating here. Last start, the Redwood gelding made it looks easy when beating home a BM75 field, here over the mile trip. From the outside gate (13), he settled mid-field and finished strongly to win by 1.5 lengths across the line with Lee Callaway in the saddle. Callaway boasts steering him to all four career victories and sticks with him here. He comes up with the outside gate again (12) but has done it before and looks a great chance for back-to-back wins in this contest.



Race 4:  No.9  RHONDA WOOD  ($8.50 with Unibet)

The Timaru-based RHONDA WOOD has had just two race starts but impressive in both runs, looks a solid winning chance here. Last start, the Redwood filly came off a win on debut when she beat all but one home in a 1200m Two-Year-Old event at Oamaru. Rahul Beeharry was aboard for both runs and sticks with her here. She gets the gun-run here from gate one and maps to settle better than mid-field on the fence. She drops 2.5kgs here and with a trouble-free run, she can give this contest a real shake at odds.





Race 5:  No.4  SECRET AMOUR  ($3.60 with Unibet)

The Robbie Patterson-trained SECRET AMOUR resumes from a 13-week spell here and ticks enough boxes to be considered a real threat to this field. Last start, the Niagara mare ended her last preparation by finishing third in the Listed AGC Training Stakes (1650m) at Waverley. On a heavy track that day, she finished well but the trip proved to be a little too far for her in the conditions. She is a two-time winner when first-up and is a track and distance winner as well. The in-form Craig Grylls has the reins here and with a lot of early pace in the race, the mare is expected to settle near mid-field. With a clear run to the line, she should prove hard to hold out.



Race 3:  No.5  TIMBERLAKE  ($3.20 with BlueBet)

The Awapuni-based TIMBERLAKE makes his Wanganui debut here and now four starts into this preparation looks ready to clock-up his first win this time in. Last start, the Redwood gelding wasn’t disgraced when finishing third in an Open company event over 1550m at Awapuni. The six-year-old makes his track debut here and has Lisa Allpress on board for the first time. On a seven-day back-up, he is four starts into this campaign and should be at his peak for this. The step up in trip looks ideal now. He is right in the mix in this company.



Race 6:  No.1  ACCIDENTAL TOURIST  ($4.80 with Ladbrokes) 

Mark Walker saddles-up ACCIDENTAL TOURIST here who is just two starts into a racing career but looks a strong chance for back-to-back victories. Last start, the Telperion gelding was fresh off a lengthy nine-month absence but showing no signs of fatigue, easily broke through for his Maiden win at Hawera. With Craig Grylls aboard, he finished far too strongly for them, putting more than a length on the 13-strong field over the line. Nicely drawn in gate five, Grylls sticks with him and together they look the pair to beat in this year’s Guineas.