RACE 1 A very good maiden trot field. How good was SUN SWINGER (17) on debut. A super run at Mot and despite coming off the unruly draw a big chance. Working him around 10,11,12,13,15,16,18 in the best maiden trot this season.
SUGGESTED BET: SUN SWINGER Eachway
SUN SWINGER was very good on debut
RACE 2 A tad luckless on debut, BOSSMARO (7) has a solid eachway chance into a mobile start. He was a tad slow away from a stand first up. TABITHA FRANCO (12) was good in a tough race last week and she’s deserving of the maiden win.
SUGGESTED BET: BOSSMARO / TABITHA FRANCO Eachway
RACE 3 Another maiden with a few chances. Like SHADOW DANCER (3) who was devoid of luck around the home turn at Orari and finishing off well. MIGHTY MONICA (6) has trialled well, GLORY DAYS (7), placed Methven debut, and Graeme Ward’s pair TAUMOLOLO (1) and FUSITUA (8) could score the winning try without fuss – both going well. STRONG ENOUGH (11) adds to that.
SUGGESTED BET: SHADOW DANCER Eachway / Boxed Quinella-Trifecta – 1,3,6,7,8,11,17
RACE 4 Not a big fan of the race. On obvious ability it’s a win bet or bust on ONE OVER DA STARS (16). Easily good enough to account for them, but look at the formline, you know there’s a risk. Safe bet, probably GIRLS LET LOOSE (5) Eachway.
SUGGESTED BET: ONE OVER DA STARS Win / GIRLS LET LOOSE Eachway
RACE 5 Going with FUN IN THE DARK (10) who drops well back from much tougher Addington race, and FORTUNE TILLER (11) who has that win and place form on the grass tracks since Xmas. Open contest, particularly being a junior drivers race.
SUGGESTED BET: FUN IN THE DARK Eachway
RACE 6 KOTARE YOLANDE (1) won like a good horse at Orari. Gate one, plenty of advantage from there, she looks the one. KENDRA (7) is absolutely flying and a huge threat, and respect BUBBLED UP (4), first time seen in some time but good in recent trial.
SUGGESTED BET: KOTARE YOLANDE Win
KOTARE YOLANDE the one to beat in this form
RACE 7 ARTSTANDING (8) is classes above these, a pretty smart horse even though the form may not suggest it. Will win the race and is clearly best bet of the day. To lock the trifecta behind him add SHARDAN SUZIE (4) and BUSH MAN (10).
SUGGESTED BET: ARTSTANDING Win
RACE 8 KOTARE CULLEN (12) did not back up the second day at Nelson and finished well down the track in the Cup. Won Motukarara Cup prior to that meeting and can bounce back quickly now he’s been freshened. GORE BAY (11) was quite good at Amberley despite finishing position, he was always working against the grain. Likely bounce back from him, too.
SUGGESTED BET: KOTARE CULLEN Eachway
RACE 9 Not overly fussed on this being a great betting race. Not one I’d really want to be on. Pushed and its ULTIMATE ROCKER (2) because he’s had a grass track grounding at workouts and tries the track for first time race day.
SUGGESTED BET: ULTIMATE ROCKER Win or bust
RACE 10 Apart from TAKE AFTER ME (3) who is flying, didn’t think this was a strong front line. So the nice grass track mares all come into play. Bet around them, TIME FOR DIAMONDS (14), WE’LL MEET AGAIN (15), and SUNDONS FLYER (16). They’re not badly handicapped against this lot.
SUGGESTED BET: Trifecta – 14,15,16/14,15,16/Field & 14,15,16/Field/14,15,16
RACE 11 Good race to end the day. VINNIE RULZ (1) looks well-placed off the draw, will hold a spot, even three-deep good for here. OVERARM (8) is flying, gets a tricky draw but can’t be left out, not the Dunn pair, JOHNNY WHITE (11) and FEEL THE MONEY (12). Add MINI MINE YET (4) in multiples.
SUGGESTED BET: VINNIE RULZ Eachway / Boxed Trifecta – 1,4,8,11,12