New Zealand Racing Tips January 15

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The Colin Cramarty-trained BOLD MAC (best odds $2.60 with bet365) is in outstanding form this time in and looks poised to go on with it here. Last start, the four-year-old left his run too late, but finished well enough for second prize in a BM74 over 1400m at Awapuni. That run just added to an already glowing resume that reads six starts for two wins and three runner-up finishes. He makes his Trentham debut here where he gets the gun-run from gate two where he maps to box-seat on settling. Sarah McNab remains aboard and is yet to miss a top-two finish from five previous rides. In his frame of mind lately, he will take a ton of beating here.


The Robbie Patterson-trained CONVENTINA BAY (best odds $2.35 with Sportsbet) is second-up here and looms as the one to beat. Last start, the Shamexpress mare was fresh off a lengthy 22-week absence where she continued her good first-up record, putting almost two lengths on them in the Group Two Carters Challenge Stakes over 1400m at Awapuni. She is already a two-time winner when second-up and is unbeaten on this track as she steps to the mile here. Worth noting also, she is two-from-two at Group 3 level and Craig Grylls sticks with her for this contest. Only the brave would tip against her here.


The Tony Pike-trained SHERWOOD FOREST (best odds $5 with Sportsbet) is third-up here and on track to return to the winner’s circle. Last start, the Fastnet Rock gelding showed enough improvement to grab third money in the Taupo Cup over 2000m. After missing the start by three lengths, he settled last of the 13 runners, spotting the leaders a dozen lengths going out of the straight (the first time). He swept around the field from the 600m mark and did a mighty job to beat all but the first two after conceding them such a start. Already a winner when third-up, he will strip fitter here and a better start should see him cross and settle near mid-field. Having already won at Group 3 level, he looks right in the mix in this contest.




The Terri Rae-trained ANDUIN (best odds $7.50 with Sportsbet) rises in class here but has the runs on the board to suggest he is in with a winning chance at odds. Last start, the Swiss Ace gelding was rewarded for consistent racing when brought up his first win for this campaign in a BM65 over 1200m at Phar Lap Raceway. With 59.5kgs to carry, he drew wide (gate 10 of 12) and on a heavy track, still managed to cross the line a length ahead of them. Drawn the fence here, he maps to box-seat on settling and will take some beating from there.


The Terry Kennedy-trained RAY’S IN COMMAND (best odds $7.00 with BlueBet) ticks more than enough boxes here to be considered a serious contender in this contest. Last start, the Raise The Flag gelding showed improvement when finishing fifth in the Group Ilt Hcp over 1400m at Ascot Park. Chris Johnson sticks with him here as he draws ideally in gate two and maps to be box-seating on settling. The six-year-old has won two of three previous third-up runs and is a five-time winner at the track. He is in this contest up to his eye teeth.


In great touch this preparation, EL GLADIATOR (best odds $7.50 with Sportsbet) loves racing here and looks right in the mix at odds here. Last start, the Ghibellines gelding made it career win number six with a win over 2200m on this track. He came from mid-field that day to record a convincing victory with Terry Moseley on board for the first time. The five-year-old boasts three wins from five starts on the track and made it clear last start that he can give this a real shake at odds in this company.


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