New Zealand Racing Tips March 21
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New Zealand Racing Tips – March 21
Race 6: SEATON FAMILY MEMORIAL HORORATA GOLD CUP (OPEN) 1800M
Outclassed in her latest start, ANYTHINGCOULDHAPPN drops back in grade here and will appreciate the drop in distance as well. Two starts back, she showed plenty of improvement when finishing second behind Mr Intelligence, here over 2000 metres. Then on a short back-up, she lined up in the Listed Wingatui Gold Cup over 2400m and was caught back in the field where she failed to run on from there. That was her first trip beyond 2000m and clearly it was beyond her, finishing 12th of 14. She drops back to the 1800m trip here where she is a two-time winner and her resume shows two victories at the track as well. Beautifully bred, by Iffraaj out of an Istidaad mare, she is coming off a seven-week freshen-up and after six starts this time in, should be as fit as ever. The track and distance suits today.
Race 8: VALACHI DOWNS SOUTH ISLAND THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ STAKES (GROUP 3) 1600M
Bridesmaid at her past three outings, TICKET TO RIDE gets her chance to break the shackles here. After two close-up second placings at Reefton and Greymouth, the mare then lined up at Ashburton in BM82 company over 1400m where she led most of the way, and beat all but Nowhere Man home. She conceded him 5kgs that day, having to lump 60kgs herself. She drops 2kgs here and has the services of Kylie Williams again who has ridden her seven times previously for three wins and two minor prizes. The daughter of Melbourne Cup winner, Shocking, steps up to the mile here where half of her 10 career victories have been won. She looks great each-way value in this field.
Race 5: J SWAP CONTRACTORS BAY OF PLENTY CUP (BM82) 2100M
Shooting for his hat-trick here, LONDON BANKER looks well-placed to do just that. The well-bred son of Tavistock has made his mark as a potential stayer, winning three of his six starts this preparation. After winning a BM65 over 2100m at Te Teko, he then lined up at Ellerslie in BM72 company where he really impressed over the same trip. Sitting just behind the pace, he let loose passing the 200m pole and raced away to an easy three length victory. He is stepping up in class again here but in the form he is in at the moment, I expect to see him threatening yet again. Drawn the fence, he has Michael Coleman on board again, who is two from two with the gelding so far. He looks a big winning chance again.
Race 6: ULTIMATE MAZDA JAPAN TROPHY (GROUP 2) 1600M
Very little black-type success among these but if THE MITIGATOR is on song here, he should be winning. He has won just seven of his 34 starts but two of those victories were at Group level. Just three starts back, he fought like a caged tiger to win the Group One Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham in a brilliant barrier-to-box display. He then franked that win by finishing second behind the great Te Akau Shark in the Group One BCD Group Sprint over the shorter 1400m trip. Last start, he wasn’t the same horse, and dropped out of the Group One Haunui Farm (1600m) at Otaki where he was seeing that track for the first time. Back to Group Two company here, I am overlooking his last start and expect him to bounce back.
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