New Zealand Racing Tips August 8
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Race 9: HONOURING OUR RECENT PAST PRESIDENTS (RATING 99) 1600M
Second-up here, the Paul Mosley-trained MAUNA KEA looks well-placed in this field and is drawn to win. Resuming from a 31-week break, the Per Incanto gelding was given 63kgs to carry in a Rating 95 over 1400m at Awapuni. Settling in front, he battled on strongly to finish just behind the placegetters, beaten 2.5 lengths on a Heavy 11 that day. Sam O’Malley is back for his second ride on the galloper, having partnered him at Waverley two years ago. Already a Group 3 winner over this trip, drawn the fence here, he should enjoy the run of the race and fitter for that first hit-out, he should be there at finish.
Race 12: SEE YOU SATURDAY OCTOBER 10TH (RATING 91) 2100M
Boasting a very high strike-rate, HI I’M NIKKITA is drawn to get the run of the race and third-up here, should prove very hard to beat. Last start, the mare carried 58.5kgs to beat all but Crafty Jess home in a Rating 85 at Te Rapa. That’s strong form coming into this event. Drawn gate two, the five-year-old should be well rested to the turn, then fitter for two runs back, should be powering home at the finish.
Race 7: PAK'NSAVE CLARENCE ST (RATING 98) 1200M
Track specialist SULTAN OF SWING is resuming from almost a year off the scene but still looks the one to beat. At his last start, the eight-year-old had to settle for second prize in the Group One Windsor Park Plate (1600m) as he chased home champion mare Melody Belle. That’s about as solid as the form can get as he lines up in this event. Sam Weatherly is back aboard after steering to four of his 10 career wins. He is a two-time winner first-up and has three victories over the 1200m trip on his resume as well. If he brings his last preparation form to the barrier here, he will take catching.
Race 9: SKYCITY HAMILTON WAIKATO CUP DAY TICKETS ON SALE NOW MILE (RATING 95) 1600M
The classy Team Baker mare CRAFTY JESS is third-up here and despite the bad gate, will take a ton beating. Resuming from the Covid-19 break, she ran home strongly in a Rating 85, here over 1400m and picked up third prize that day. Then last start, she met similar company over the mile again on this track and proved too good for them. It was a super effort as she drew wide in gate 13 (of 16) and covered extra ground. She’ll have to do it all again here as she drew the car park in gate 15 (of 16). She has the runs on the board and is a three-time winner at the track and trip. If things go her way here, she can take this one out.
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