New Zealand Preview April 15 – Saturday Best Bets & Tips

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New Zealand Tips 15/04/2023

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

 

 

HASTINGS

 

BEST BET 🏆

Race 6:  No.6  NOT GUILTY  ($4 with Unibet)

The Tony Pike-trained NOT GUILTY is third-up today and looks well placed here to make it a hat-trick of podium finishes this preparation. Last start, the Not A Single Doubt mare came off a first-up win at Te Rapa when she lined-up in her first attempt in Listed company when she tackled the Lightning Hcp over 1200m at Trentham. Trying to lead all the way, she fought on gamely and wasn’t disgraced when finishing third, beaten less than a length on the line. Fitter for those two runs back, she jumps from gate five here and maps to lead again where she will take catching in this contest.

 

NEXT BEST 🥈

Race 7:  No.10  THE MIGHTY SPAR  ($11 with Palmerbet)

Michael Walker saddles-up THE MIGHTY SPAR here who has hit form at the right time and looks a genuine contender in the contest. Last start, the Savabeel gelding brought up win number four when he took out the South Waikato Cup over 2000m at Matamata. Sitting last to the turn, he ranged up alongside the leader passing the 300m mark, and it was just a procession from there as he cruised to victory, eased over the line. He will settle back in the field from his wide gate but should be finishing on strongly in the run home. Well worth an each-way ticket here.

 

 

RICCARTON PARK

 

BEST BET 🏆

Race 5:  No.2  ELIZABETH ROSE  ($2.15 with BlueBet)

The locally-trained ELIZABETH ROSE is second-up here and ticks enough boxes to suggest she will be hard to beat in this contest. Last start, the Contributor mare resumed off a 12-week spell and wasn’t disgraced when finishing fourth in the Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes, here over 1600m. Here, she steps-up to her ‘pet’ distance where she remains unbeaten in three previous starts and has Kavish Chowdhoory returning for the ride who boasts three wins and as many minor placings from seven previous rides on the five-year-old. Already placed three times from four previous second-up appearances, the mare looks in her element here and should prove hard to hold out.

 

NEXT BEST 🥈

Race 8:  No.5  BURNVUE  ($7 with Ladbrokes)

The Lance Robinson-trained BURNVUE is a track specialist and second-up here looks right in the mix for a tilt at victory. Last start, the Redwood gelding was fresh off a 19-week break when he beat all but one to the line in Open company in the Darfield Hcp, here over 1400m. Ridden a treat by Lee Callaway, he settled the seven-year-old mid-field on the fence and in the run home, he wore down the front runners and stuck his nose in front, only to be out-bobbed on the line, having to settle for second prize on the day. His ten previous starts here resulted in four wins and as many minor placings and with Calloway sticking to him here, he can only improve on that first-up effort and should be there at the finish in this contest.