R1 The talented SIR GEORGE BOWEN (4) should give this a real shake if he trots all the way. More upside than most in this. LITTLE BRO (7) likes going left-handed and though another with mixed manners a good chance in the right race. GREY STOKE (5) may show something fresh. Capable.
SUGGESTED BET: SIR GEORGE BOWEN Eachway
R2 WHITEHAVEN BEACH (6) seems to need the lead in order to show his best. Recent Cambridge form is good and if in front the one to beat, now well overdue. MUSTANG SALLY (5) and YSHADOWME (9) could be improvers off poorer form. Both have some ability on their day and worth a wee look. Add TEMPO ROSE (10) off sound Alex Park form.
SUGGESTED BET: MUSTANG SALLY / YSHADOWME Eachway (value)
R3 Very keen on POWER DREAMING (7) after a sound Alex Park run in much better race. He drops to a field he can comfortably handle. Best eachway bet of the night. FLYING STEPS (3) did the job well last week and looks the type to keep racing well. Good draw again. VANHALEM (2) and BANNER OF ART (4) some chance off the good draws.
SUGGESTED BET: POWER DREAMING Eachway
R4 Like the chances of MATHEW JAMES (5) on debut. He’s shown that Ray Green get-up-and-go dash at the workouts and has caught the eye a couple of times. Meets a field he can compete strongly in for his first time assignment. G B MAVERICK 92) placed on debut, off for a spell and back with workout form to resume here. Looks a cracking chance off the draw. THE BATMOBILE (4) is another very solid chance, also strong at the workouts and shows nice pace. I’d be on him too. Watch them all for future reference.
SUGGESTED BET: MATHEW JAMES Eachway
R5 IDEAL STAR (9) rattled home for fourth and would have near won with gaps earlier at Auckland. Driven right, and that’s probably cold, he can beat these. ROCK N SHARD (7) can be forgiven Alex Park failure in odd sort of race, it just never went right. Home track here and big chance. As too PARKER (8) also out of stronger Auckland race and his trial before that was good. Solid threat. Add IDEAL HOLIDAY (5) much improved off fresh up outing.
SUGGESTED BET: IDEAL STAR Eachway / Boxed Trifecta – 5,7,8,9
R6 Race form says ABOUT TURN (7) gets his turn – can he take advantage? He definitely can, dropping into a more moderate field after tackling some good ones further north. Should win. VINIBAKA (9) has shown plenty of ability at times at the workouts, yet to hit the high note race night but can quickly change that here. I’d include SUIDELIKE MAJOR (1) and GOD’S GIFT (6) in all the multiples, they get their chance.
SUGGESTED BET: VINIBAKA Eachway
R7 Local hope BK SUPERSTAR (6) is a very talented mare, as she showed with a supreme performance last time. Freshened since but she’ll be ready. Always a hope in any race she contests. GERSWIN (9) is the one if he behaves himself, often a mistake maker. That fresh up look may well have helped as he tries again. Win or bust but can win. MORTICIAN (8) is Mr consistent and always in a top three around this track especially, as too WHATABOYZ (7).
SUGGESTED BET: BK SUPERSTAR Eachway
R8 LIBERAL ARDEN (4) is actually going really good, last start no luck at all and the one to bowl here from the good draw. All the way out the back SHANWAY (14) can trouble them. Not a bad run at Auckland under the circumstances and this will be to his liking even from the draw. BILL HALEY (12) was run down at Auckland but up to these on this track, as too local mare ARTANNE (6) who saves her best for left-handed. Just because he’s shown the talent in the past I’d be keeping a close eye on RACKETEERS BOY (7).
SUGGESTED BET: SHANWAY Eachway
R9 Clearly the pick of the bunch is GOODDEALEHEMILY (4) she is better than them if on her game. And I’d say she is looking at her at the workouts, seems rather sharp. Should have the measure of these. The dangers are from gates one and two. LINCOLN’S GIRL 91) has done some quite special things in short career and a big chance from the inside gate, as too WILL TAKE CHARGE (2) just given his lethal speed off a sit. Add PATANJALI (3) she jumps back into a much better race.
SUGGESTED BET: GOODDEALEHEMILY Win / Boxed Trifecta 1,2,3,4
R10 GREAT FANTASY (1) was disappointing at Auckland, should have run second to Kratos but battled. We’ll give him that one, and say back to left-handed he will go better. LITTLEBITOFLOVE (10) interests me. A talented type and after a trip to Manawatu could be on the rise again. When she trots she can scoot along. FRENCH AFFAIR (4) has shown nice trotting talent at trials and a definite inclusion on debut, in fact a very good chance. BEAT THE HEAT (2) and I’M JUST AWESOME (8) are right in the mix.
SUGGESTED BET: LITTLEBITOFLOVE / FRENCH AFFAIR Eachway