EASTANBULL (7) showed what he is really capable of when destroying his opposition last start, different draw tonight but should still be able to cross early, go again. DINA BROWN (1) should hold up the inside and get the trip she wants, place best for her. AWESOME SPEED (5) went her usual honest race last start making the most of a hot mid race speed duel and running on for 3rd, same again. Consider BLACK ART (6) 2nd up in the North Island, asked to do too much last start, better for that, follow your money. TROUBADOR (8) Galloped when being put into the race last start, better than that, each way. THE STUNNING NUN (9) will notice the drop in grade here, should get a good run through, can win.
SUGGESTED BET: EACH WAY #6 BLACK ART
TRICKY RIC (1) another promising young trotter from the Dickie barn, he was too good for inferior opposition last start, he is a horse in a hurry, wins again. FORGET THE PRICE TAG (8) was charging home form the back last start, 10 metres closer in the handicaps to that winner and steps up to a more favourable distance, hard to beat. WESTY BOYS (5) kept up a good clip to score last week, not as effective at 2700 metres but is a place chance all the same. GALLEONS VICTORY(7) doing his best at the end of his race last week, better suited by the longer distance here, due a change in luck.
SUGGESTED BET: BOX QUINELLA 1 x 7 x 8
BUBBLED UP (3) will be better for that first run for the season at Northern headquarters last week, she should find the top from her handy draw and be too good. Stablemate KAYLA MARIE (6) is taking a bit of extra time to come up as a 3 year old, she will appreciate the small field, expect better tonight. ZEALAND STAR (8) has yet to do it right handed, he was much better last start after beginning slowly, if he gets it right at the start then he is right in this. THE COORDINATOR (1) to round up the top 4 courtesy of a pole marker draw,include.
SUGGESTED BET: BOX QUINELLA 3 x 6 x 8
LEMOND (7) was too good for most of these last time they met, only back 30 metres for this, only query is he is not as effective over the longer trips, he is still hard to beat. MASSIVE METRO (6) on the other hand is better over the longer journeys, he gets his chance to turn the tables this time. EVERYBODY KNOWS (5) looks to be a chance for a minor placing yet again, he is a foolproof trotter that always trys his best. GERSHWIN (3) has been impressive against lesser opposition at his last couple, he will be suited beginning out wide and can measure up here. HEAVYWEIGHT HERO (1) is regaining his race day fitness, it was only an early break that cost him finishing closer last start, the ace draw is not ideal but he is worth a risk.
SUGGESTED BET: #1 HEAVYWEIGHT HERO Win bet, Worth a risk
JACK’S LEGEND (8) crossed from the 6 last start against most of these and was too good, he will probably try the same from the extreme outside here as well, will also appreciate the extra distance tonight, top pick again. STAR GALLERIA (5) was so brave last start, he might have a crack for the lead from this draw, very hard to beat if he finds the front. ULTIMATE MACHETE (2) has a much better draw here, he faded after working hard mid stages last time out, expect a form reversal here. TRIPLE EIGHT (4) was knocking them over late last start, he has to be driven that way and is some chance with the run to suit. There are many chances in a very strong field.
SUGGESTED BET: #2 ULTIMATE MACHETE EACH WAY at value BOX QUINELLA 2 x 5 x 8
SWEET ON ME (9) looks to be the dominant filly at the moment, she won’t have it all her own way from this draw but that’s why you have the Iceman driving. LITTLE MISS PERFECT (2) gets her chance from the draw to turn the tables on the favourite, she should cross the pole easily enough and from there she’ll be hard to beat. TIFFANY ROSE worked to find the lead last start, making the race for the eventual winner, she can work a bit less from the better draw and hold up the inside if things go her way early, bears close watching. AMAZING DREAM (5) shouldn’t be overlooked, she had to make a midrace move on her own in the lead up and even though she has another tricky draw she is good enough to overcome that and be right in the thick of things here.
SUGGESTED BET: #2 LITTLE MISS PERFECT WIN BET to upset the fav. Quinella 2 / 3-5-9
Not looking past the prelude for this ULTIMATE SNIPER (2) to reverse the placings of last week, he was the dominant 3 year old leading up to that race which would have cleaned him up nicely for the 2700 metres tonight. JESSE DUKE (8) wasn’t stopping last week but it was just a sprint home, he’ll have to work harder from the horror draw but has continued to improve with racing in the North Island. BETTORSTARTDREAMING (3) took it the All Stars team at the half mile in the prelude, understandably he faded late but will be all the better for that run, the 2700 metres should suit this fellow and he can make his presence felt. DADNDAVE (5) did well to finish as close as he did off a 55 second half, Ricky May will give him his chance.
SUGGESTED BET Box Trifecta 2 x 3 x 5 x 8
SMOOTH DEAL (7) should still be able to cross them from the 7, if that happens how do they beat him? VIRGIL (3) will he hold up the fence when he crosses early on and wait for his stablemate? That is the big question and the key to his best chance, but minors again we think. MACH DA VINCI (4) is in the same situation as the above horse, if he eases out early then he could only hope to place and coming out quickly could leave him with nothing, very interesting first quarter here. PERFECT STRIDE (2) the best he can hope for is to be 3 back on the fence, if so he can definitely run 3rd.
SUGGESTED BET First 4: 7-3-2-F in order.
MOSSDALE ROSE (7) showed enough speed at her first start here to say she should cross them again if Ricky May chooses to do so, too strong last time and probably this time also. STEP UP (6) would have improved after last weeks run but would need to, her best chance is to try and cross over early. DIBABA (5) should make up the same trifecta as last week, she closed resolutely from the back last start and would only have to settle a touch closer to be better than an each way chance here. KENSINGTON KATE (2) can make the most of her good draw and try and cross the pole runner early, if she can lob 3 back the fence then she is a solid place chance from there.
SUGGESTED BET #2 KENSINGTON KATE place Quinella 2 / 5-6-7
SHE’S ALLTHE CRAZE (3) was a brave 2nd in her first spin around the Park, sure to be better for that effort, can go one better. THATGIRLTROUBLE (5) resuming after a couple of Months off, she was good when 2nd at a recent workout, ready to rumble in this. INVICTUS (1) worked his way to a solid win last time, promising and wouldn’t have to improve much to be a threat here. SUNNY PEGASUS (6) was much more like it last start in better company, a repeat of that effort takes him close.
SUGGESTED BET #3 SHE’S ALLTHE CRAZE WIN Trifecta 3 / 1-5-6/F