New Zealand Racing Tips June 12

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The Stephen Marsh-trained FIGHTING FIRE (Best odds $3.90 with Unibet) has returned in great touch this preparation and looks poised to continue with the good work here. Last start, the Fighting Sun gelding stepped up in grade when finishing second in a BM74 over 1200m at Hawera. Third-up here, he sees the Te Rapa track for the first time as he meets similar company over a slightly shorter trip. Michael McNab sticks with the four-year-old who maps nicely from gate four to settle in the first half-dozen. Both wins have come on soft tracks so the conditions look ideal for him to figure in this contest.


The Daniel Miller-trained YAMUNA (Best odds $6 with Ladbrokes) boasts a solid third-up record and looks well placed here to add to that in this contest. Last start, the Iffraaj mare was second-up off a 14-week spell when she gave a BM74 field a galloping lesson, putting more than two lengths on them over 1400m at Awapuni. She drew wide that day (13 of 14) but still proved too strong in the run home. Third-up here, Michael McNab has the reins for the first time and fitter for those two runs, the six-year-old will appreciate the rise in trip, already boasting two career-wins at the mile. She looks great value in this line-up.


Trainer Jamie Richards saddles-up just one runner at Te Rapa this weekend with topweight EQUINOX (Best odds $5.50 with Unibet) his only hope for success at the meeting. Last start, the Exceed And Excel gelding faced Open class company for the second time this preparation where he finished third in the 1400m event after drawing wide (gate 10) that day. Dropping sharply in grade here, he draws wide again but still maps to settle near mid-field. After the claim, he carries just 58kgs here and will take beating in this grade.





Topweight TAVIS COURT (Best odds $2.30 with Unibet) will relish the heavy going here and looks the best of the day in the small field. Last start, the Tavistock gelding was second-up off a lengthy 22-week absence when he took on Open company over 1200m at Wanganui. On a Slow 9, he gave them what for, taking out the event by almost two lengths on the line. On a short seven-day back-up here, he meets similar company only he steps up in distance where he is already a three-time winner over the 1400m. He maps to lead in this small field and boasting a strong third-up record, looks the best of the day.


Shooting for back-to-back wins here, the Allan Sharrock-trained COLLINSTREET (Best odds $2.20 with Sportsbet) comes in nicely after the claim and looks well placed in the conditions. Last start, the Bachelor Duke gelding ran on his sixth-straight heavy track where he lined up in Open company, here over an unsuitable 1400m. Second-up off a lengthy 31-week absence, it made little difference as he finished best to claim his second win at the track. He maps to settle just behind the pace in the small field here and will appreciate the extra trip after two starts this time in. Already a winner at the track and trip, he should prove hard to keep out here.


Another from the Allan Sharrock stable is the promising DARCI LA BELLA (Best odds $2.40 with Unibet) who looks ideally placed here to score yet another victory. Last start, the Darci Brahma filly made it three wins from four starts as she destroyed a field of two and three-year-olds over 1000m on a Heavy 10 at New Plymouth. That day, the filly put more than three lengths on them as she led from barrier to box. All three of her victories have come on wet tracks so the conditions here look ideal. She has drawn wide here and may even cross and take a sit behind early speedsters drawn inside in this event. She rises in class here but after the claim, carries 1kg under the limit with just 53kgs in the saddlebag. She relished the Heavy 11 last start and looks to be met by a similar track here. The three-year-old looks right in this contest.


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