New Zealand Racing Tips February 20
- Best bets for NZ racing
Race 5: FLEET IMAGE (BM74) 1600M
Next Best 🥈No. 2 RED HUSSAR $5.50 Bet Now!
In outstanding form this preparation, RED HUSSAR has managed six top-three finishes from his past seven starts and looks just as threatening here. Last start, the Husson gelding came from mid-field to win his first 1600m event on the line. That made it two wins from his past four starts. Today, he meets similar company over the same trip and has successful jockey Vinnie Colgan remaining in the saddle who is yet to miss a podium finish with the four-year-old. From gate five, he should settle mid-field again and with a clear run to the line, he can go back-to-back today.
Race 6: BARFOOT & THOMPSON (OPEN) 1200M
Best Value 💰No. 8 EXCELLERATION $9.00 Bet Now!
Down in the weights today, the Peter Didham-trained EXCELLERATION has done enough this preparation to weigh-in here as a genuine winning chance. Last start, the Exceed And Excel mare looked a tragedy beaten when finishing second in a BM74 over the 1000m sprint at Trentham. Held up at a vital stage, she finished strongly to grab second prize, beaten half a length on the line. Today, she steps up to Open company and drops 2.5kgs in the process. Craig Grylls returns for his second ride on the mare and draws to do little work early in gate two. Three starts back, the six-year-old finished third in the Group 3 Canterbury Breeders which is solid form coming into this event. She is well worth an each-way ticket here.
Race 7: AJC AVONDALE GUINEAS (GROUP 2) 2100M
Best Bet 🏆No. 1 ROCKET SPADE $2.05 Bet Now!
The O’Sullivan & Scott team saddle-up ROCKET SPADE here who on current form looks the pick of the day. Two starts back, the Fastnet Rock colt won the Group 2 Auckland Guineas at just his fifth career start. Then last start, the 62kgs on his back proved too much but he battled on gallantly to take home second prize in the 2100m event at Te Rapa. Today, he drops 5.5kgs from that last effort and has Craig Grylls remaining aboard for his fourth ride on the three-year-old. Drawn nicely in gate five, he should enjoy a gun-run from there and look for him finishing strongly again.
Race 6: ILT ASCOT PARK HOTEL SOUTHLAND GUINEAS (LISTED) 1600M
Next Best 🥈No. 7 CHOKITO $11.00 Bet Now!
The Team Coles-trained CHOKITO lines up here with most boxes ticked with only the mile trip a query. After finishing second at Wingatui and then third in the Listed Gore Guineas, the Vespa filly then lined up in the Listed Dunedin Guineas last start. She led early in the 1500m event and fought on strongly in the run home but was beaten out of a place in the end. That was just her third start back after almost six months off the scene. Today, she steps up to the mile trip with Samantha Wynne retaining the ride. She should strip even fitter now and from gate four, gets the gun-run and could even lead again. With the favourite (The Gift) drawn wide here, she could ‘steal’ this race and looks a solid each-way chance.
Race 7: BAILLIE & LEWIS PHARMACY INVERCARGILL GOLD CUP (OPEN) 2600M
Best Value 💰No. 9 OUR BOY RITCHIE $23.00 Bet Now!
The Team Tyler-trained OUR BOY RITCHIE is looking for back-to-back wins here and at the weights he could go very close to pulling it off. Last start, he took on a BM65 field over 2000m at Gore where he defied all the odds to grab victory on the line. Drawn wide that day (gate 12 of 13), he settled well back and with his 58kgs, ran home strongly to take home the major prize. Today, he steps up to Open company but after the claim, drops 6kgs for this contest. Drawn much better today in gate six, he maps to settle mid-field with cover and with a trouble-free run, he can give this field a real fright at odds.
Race 8: TE RUNGA 21 YEARS SPONSORING THE SRC - SUMMER CUP (BM74) 1600M
bEST BET 🏆No. 3 RIPNROLL $9.00 Bet Now!
Drawn the carpark today, the Jo-Ann Gordon-trained RIPNROLL is a track specialist and can still win this from out there. Last start, the Rip Van Winkle gelding drew wide but managed to settle in the leading bunch in a BM74 over 2000m at Gore. Sitting fourth to the turn, he ran home well to grab second prize, beaten just half a length on the line. Today, he meets similar company but drops back to the mile trip. With his early gate speed, he maps to settle near mid-field and from there, he should see daylight at some stage in the run home. Yet to miss a podium finish here and is two from two at the track and trip. He comes into this a little over the odds today and looks a solid each-way chance.