New Zealand Preview & Best Bets – Saturday September 17

New Zealand Preview Saturday September 17


New Zealand Tips 17/09/2022

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




Race 5:  No.3  BURGUNDY ROSE  ($2.80 with Palmerbet)

Mark Walker saddles-up BURGUNDY ROSE here again and second-up, looks just as threatening as she did when resuming. Last start, the Burgundy mare went around as our Best Bet 🏆 and didn’t let us down as she easily accounted for an Open Hcp field, here over 1000m. Sent out a very warm $2.40 favourite, she put 2.5 lengths on them over the line that day. Opie Bosson jumps aboard for his ride here and already a two-time winner when second-up, looks the testing material again.



Race 6:  No.4  MISS TAKE  ($2.80 with BlueBet)

The Terri Rae-trained MISS TAKE made a loud statement on debut and must be considered a winning chance here. Last start, she made her racing debut, here on the synthetic track where she beat Rain Lover’s 1968 Melb Cup winning distance (8 lengths) when she beat home her opposition by 9.5 lengths across the line. She led from the outset and the further they went, she the further she left them behind. The War Decree filly couldn’t have been more impressive and while this is a step up in class, she will still prove hard to run down based on that performance.



Race 2:  No.4  EKSTREMEMISS  ($8.50 with Unibet)

The Leonard Stewart-trained EKSTREMEMISS has won two of her past three starts and she looks every chance of going back-to-back here. Last start, the Cape Blanco mare gave nothing else a chance when she easily accounted for BM75 field, here over 2000m. With Gosen Jogoo aboard, she came from near last on the turn to take over inside the last 100m and win going away from them. With so much left in the tank that day, she should prove hard to hold out in this contest and currently at good value.





Race 5:  No.1  TAVI MAC  ($3.50 with Ladbrokes)

Track specialist TAVI MAC is second-up here and looks the one to beat in this contest. Last start, the Tavistock gelding resumed after a lengthy eight-month absence and wasn’t disgraced when finishing sixth in the Group 2 Waikato Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa. He was prominent most of the way but his condition gave out in the closing stages, seeing him finish mid-field. Drawn the fence here, he gets the gun run and already a two-time winner when second-up, and boasting as many wins on the track, expect a sharp improvement from him in this easier assignment.



Race 7:  No.7  ARICINA  ($4.50 with Neds)

The Allan Sharrock-trained ARICINA is back in the winner’s circle and looks every chance for back-to-back wins here. Last start, the Redwood mare brought up career win number three when she comfortably won a BM75 over the mile at Hawera. On a heavy track, Amless Bohorun took the breaks as they came and timed his run to perfection that saw the six-year-old go on to win by almost two lengths in the end. This is a little tougher, but Bohorun sticks with her here and now three starts into this preparation, the mare should be at her peak and is certainly good enough to give this contest a real shake.



Race 4:  No.7  MISS DIXIE  ($11 with Unibet)

Second-up here, the Anna Clement-trained MISS DIXIE looks well placed on the wet track and can figure in the finish at odds. Last start, the Contributer mare was fresh off a 10-week break when she beat all but one home in a BM65 Hcp over 1200m at Waverley. On a heavy track, she settled mid-field and in the run home, took over but was grabbed on the line by a swooper. Lemmy Douglas sticks with her and after the claim, she carries less weight here. Already a winner when second-up and a track winner as well, she looks overs here and well worth an each-way ticket.