New Zealand Racing Tips January 18
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New Zealand Racing Tips – January 18
Race 7: JR & N BERKETT TELEGRAPH (GROUP 1) 1200M
Out for revenge here, Australian galloper WINTER BRIDE will be looking to turn the tables on topweight Julius who nosed her out of victory in the Group 1 Sistema Railway at Ellerslie last start. Having no luck at all in running, the five-year-old mare was trapped three-deep the entire trip from her wide gate and was always going to struggle while Julius sat outside the leader with little to no pace on early. He held off Winter Bride to win the Railway by a neck but things could quickly change here. The team Edmonds-trained mare has drawn much better in gate four and with a good start, could be box-seating on settling. Julius has drawn wide here and will be doing a lot of work early if he is to cross up near the lead. It will then come down to whether or not his eight-year-old legs can hold off the challenges this time. I believe the mare can turn it around here and make Ryan Maloney’s trip across the Tasman a worthwhile one.
Race 8: HARCOURTS THORNDON MILE (GROUP 1) 1600M
An open affair here with several runners staking winning claims. The Moroney and Gerard team saddle up ON THE ROCKS who is coming off an impressive first-up win in the Tauranga Summer Cup (1400m). Resuming off a lengthy 30 weeks in the paddock, he beat home odds-on favourite Le Castile comfortably in the end, in the small three-horse field. That hit-out should still prove to be a good launch pad for this Group 1 event. Michael McNab remains aboard after that last win and drawn ideally here in gate two, he maps well and should be sitting just behind the pace on settling. Already a second-up winner, he will be right there when it counts.
Race 7: MLT / DB BREWERIES GORE CUP 2000M
In great touch of late, RIVIERA ROCK looks well-placed here to continue the good work. Two starts back, the Road To Rock gelding was no match for Come Fly With Me over 2500m at Riccarton finishing second that day, however finished more than nine lengths ahead of the rest. Then last start, the five-year-old finished second best again, only a lot closer, beaten just a half-head by Kilowatt, here in the Tapanui Cup over 2000m. That’s good form coming into this event and he is a proven track lover, finishing top three in four of his five starts here. He looms as a winning chance in this field.
Race 8: LIQUORLAND GORE GUINEAS (LISTED) 1335M
Crack three-year-old filly BURGUNDY ROSE looks set to continue on her winning way here and will take a ton of beating. Three starts back, the filly won her maiden by more than six lengths and then came within a nose of going back-to-back when finishing second to Go James at Awapuni in her first 1200m race. Then coming off a seven-week let-up, she destroyed a field of two and three-year-olds, putting 2.5 lengths on them over 1200m. She’s drawn the middle of the field here but still maps well with her early gate speed. The filly is clearly the one to beat.