New Zealand Racing Tips November 28

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Third-up here, the Jamie Richards-trained STAR OF BOMBAY should be ready to return to the winner’s circle. First-up off a lengthy 300-weeks break, the four-year-old mare finished third in Open company over 1200m at Hawera. Then last start, she met similar company at Awapuni where she led early but faded to finish fourth that day over 1300m. She drops in weight here and steps up in trip. Craig Grylls is back aboard where he has won twice previously with the mare. Drawn nicely in gate two, she is a two-time winner at the track and will take beating here.


Shooting for a hat-trick here, VAMOS BEBE comes in nicely at the weights and although drawn wide, should figure in the finish. Two starts back, the I Am Invincible mare was second-up when she broke through for her maiden win over 1200m at Avondale. Then last start, she franked that win by repeating the dose at Hastings in a 12-horse field after drawing wide in gate ten. This is a big step up in grade but she drops a little in weight and has Danielle Johnson remaining in the saddle after partnering her in all three starts this preparation. With a little luck in running, she can fight out the finish here.


Smart on his day, the Nigel Tiley-trained DEMONETIZATION looks well placed at the weights here and given a trouble-free run, will take some beating in this contest. Two starts back, the All Too Hard gelding finished strongly to grab second prize in the Listed Karaka Classic (1600m) at Pukekohe Park then wasn’t disgraced when finishing fourth in the Group 2 Tauranga Stakes, also over the mile trip. He drops 4kgs here from that last start effort and Leith Innes back in the saddle who boasts a record of 2 and 2 from five rides with the six-year-old. He isn’t far away from another win so stick with him here.





Three starts back and improving with every run, the Debbie Sweeney-trained FIRST ROCK looks nicely placed here to bring up her second career win. Two starts back, the El Roca mare came off a four-week let-up and finished third in a BM65 over 1200m at Te Aroha. Then last start, she faced similar company at Arawa Park where she went one better, grabbing second prize that day with Lynsey Satherley back aboard. Satherley remains in the saddle here where she will be shooting for her first win on the mare after four previous attempts. Well drawn and weighted for this contest, she looks a big chance.


Out to make amends here, the Anna Clement-trained TAVIS COURT will be hoping for a better start this time and be looking to bounce back. Two starts back, the Tavistock gelding pinged the gates and lobbed two lengths in front on settling in a BM93 at Hawera. Still leading as they headed for home, he couldn’t hold off the challenge from Spring Tide and had to settle for second prize that day. Last start is simply best forgotten. Missing the start badly, he settled three lengths last in the Open event over 1200m at Awapuni, and from there, never recovered. The pace was solid and he spent the entire race just trying to catch up. He looks better placed here and has Lisa Allpress returning to the saddle who boasts a strong record with the five-year-old with two wins and five runner-up finishes from her eight rides. Already a track and trip winner, given a good start, he can give this a real shake.


Its an open affair this year at $4 the field and I am running with the Team Richardson-trained VICHY to go back-to-back here and take home the coveted Cup. Last start, the Cape Blanco mare was second-up off a four-month spell and ran home strongly to win in Open company over the mile at Te Rapa. The six-year-old has peaked at the right time and looks ideally drawn here to go on with it. New jockey Leah Hemi has a potential Cup winner underneath her here and from gate five, should secure a gun run from there. Unbeaten when third-up, she will take beating again.


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