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The Terri Rae-trained SERIOUSLY is looking for his third win from in four starts here and is drawn to go close. Last start, the O’Reilly gelding put up a solid fight and after being headed in the straight, fought back to pull off an impressive win in a BM74 contest over 1400m at Wingatui. Terry Moseley steered him to victory that day and remains aboard here. Drawn the fence, he maps to be on the pace again and up against similar company here over the same trip , he should prove hard to hold out.


With a pull in the weights and a better draw here, I see SHOWEMHOWITSDONE getting revenge over Atishu in this contest. Last start, the Showcasing filly sat back in the field (just ahead of Atishu) to the turn. Terry Moseley then pulled her wide and made his run with Atishu finishing just that little bit better on the day. Here, she meets Atishu 3kgs better and has a much better draw which see her settle a little closer to the pace. The harder Good 3 surface didn’t suit last start and with the sting out of the ground here, she may prove harder to run down.


Yet to taste victory here in seven starts, the Team Tyler-trained LIGHTNING JACK gets another chance to break the shackles off his Riccarton drought and go back-to-back here. Last start, the Per Incanto gelding destroyed an Open Class field over the mile at Wingatui where he put 4.5 lengths on them with 58kgs on his back. He has picked up two minor placings here in the past but he steps up to Listed company in this contest where he remains unbeaten in two starts. Kylie Williams returns to the saddle where she boasts a strong record with two wins and a runner-up finish from her three previous rides. Drawn well in the middle of the pack, he maps to settle mid-field and with a clear run to the line, should be there at the finish.




Promising mare, IRISH GIRL is in great touch of late and second-up here looks the testing material. Last start, we tipped her to win first-up at Tauranga, but she came up against one smarter (and fitter when third-up) when finishing second behind Pop Star Princess in the 1200m event. Fresh off an 18-week break, she showed plenty of fight to fight off the challenges for second spot that day. Fitter here, the extra trip will suit as she draws the outside gate in the nine-horse field. A winner, second-up last preparation, she looks right in the mix here.


Eight-time Group 1 winner AVANTAGE goes around again and I won’t miss the boat this time. Two starts back, I ran with Levante to cause the upset (but she didn’t) and last start I actually tipped the Fastnet Rock mare to spoil the party on Melody Belle, which she didn’t. She was still gallant in defeat in the Group 1 Bonecrusher Stakes behind the Jamie Richards-trained super-mare. Seven-straight top-two finishes spell trouble for her competition here as Opie Bosson shoots for his ninth win from 11 rides on the mare. She is two from three over the mile and looks too good for these.


First-up off a 12-week break, the Bob Autridge-trained THUNDER looks well placed to play a major role in this contest. Last start, the Niagara gelding finished off his last campaign finishing third in a BM74 contest over 1500m at Ellerslie. Drawn wide that day, he settled back in the field and gave them too much start, finishing strongly to fill the minor placing on the line. Opie Bosson returns for the ride where has partnered the galloper just once previously for a solid win four starts back at Tauranga. Drawn the middle of the filed here, he maps to settle mid-field with cover and if the pace makers put on some genuine speed, he should get the opportunity to run them down in the run home.


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