New Zealand Racing Tips February 15
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New Zealand Racing Tips – February 15
Race 6: JAMIESON PARK AVONDALE GUINEAS (GROUP 2) 2100M
The Team O’Sullivan-trained DRAGON LEAP brings a very respectful resume into the Guineas. Superbly bred, by Pierro out of a Redoute’s Choice mare, he won his maiden on debut coming from near last on the turn. Last start, he repeated that effort in the Group 2 Auckland Guineas holding off the late challenge by race favourite Riodini. Drawn ideally on the fence, if he can handle the step up in distance, he should prove very hard to hold out again.
Race 7: JOE MCDONALD AVONDALE CUP (GROUP 2) 2400M
A top-three finish in four of her last five starts puts SOLESEIFEI right in contention here. The seven-year-old mare is in great touch this preparation. Three starts back, she was part of a three-horse war in the Listed Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) at Riccarton Park, eventually finishing third (beaten a half head, half head) on the line. Then next up, she took home the bronze medal again at Awapuni in the Listed Marton Cup (2200m). Last start she made amends for both of those minor placings by winning the Group 3 Wellington Cup (3200m). A clever ride by Trudy Thornton got her home in the end. She is dropping back to 2400m here but with Thornton remaining aboard, she will be given every possible chance in a fairly open affair.
Race 6: DUNEDIN CASINO SOUTHLAND STAKES (OPEN) 1400M
Placed in two of her past three, SHIRLEY MAUDE looks well placed to give this a real shake. After finishing runner-up in a BM82 at Wingatui three starts back, she then took on Open company at Gore and wasn’t disgraced finishing fourth, beaten 2.5 lengths behind Rocanto that day. Last start, she turned up to race and was impressive when finishing second behind Killarney in the Group 3 White Robe (1600m) at Wingatui. Chris Johnson remains aboard and is drawn ideally in gate three here. Finishing top-two in three of her four starts at the track, down in weight and rates highly in this company.
Race 7: ILT ASCOT PARK HOTEL SOUTHLAND GUINEAS (LISTED) 1600M
Third time lucky for PANZER as he destroyed his maiden rivals at Riccarton Park last start. The three-year-old son of Niagara showed signs of improvement at his second start when running on late to grab fourth prize in a Motukarara maiden over 1400m. Then last start, he stepped up to the mile and found the extra trip more to his liking. After leading early, he drifted back to near mid-field before pulling out wide on the turn and finishing powerfully to win by four lengths on the line. He looks to have plenty of upside and on that last effort, he should give this a real shake.
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