Te Rapa Race Scratchings  
R1: 5
R3: 2
R7: 8,11
R9: 8,13,14

TAB Meeting # 4 with the first of 10 races starting at 12:25pm
Doubles: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Trebles: 1-2-3, 4-5-6, 7-8-9
Quaddies: 2-3-4-5, 6-7-8-9
Pick 6: Starts on race 4 with a $25,000 Guaranteed Pool

Te Rapa track map

Track conditions: Dead 4
Weather: Fine
Rail: Out 5m
Track: Left hand 1800m
Length of straight: 420m

RACE 9: Best bet MARISSA had a good Ellerslie Campaign culminating in a strong win on New Years Day over the mile, she drew wide that day and made a play for the front before the half mile, the ride proved to be a stroke of genius as she kept on running, holding out a handy field, she took a well earned break and returns at 1400 metres in the same grade full of confidence, there is no reason she can’t win again. DAMA ZORRO returned from a slight muscle soreness issue to post back to back 2nd placings behind a couple of very smart types, 3rd up should see her at peak fitness and she wouldn’t have to improve much to figure in the finish in this. GRAND MAYSON is a CD visitor racing in good form, a slow getaway probably cost it the win when racing at Otaki last time out, he seems to be getting more genuine with age and should now be ready to be tested at the 1400 metres, each way. TIGHTLIGN has been lightly tried due to having had some setbacks along the way, he reminded us again of his promise when cruising to victory at Tauranga last start, his fitness would have only improved from that run and this rise in grade will hold no fears, his stable is flying at the moment, watch closely. GIANT GEM is an underrated type who scored an impressive win when last on this track two starts back, he then went to Ellerslie and posted a 6th after being trapped off the track for most of the race, he has been freshened up with a bold race to be expected, each way. RUBIRA was a Stakes winner as a 2 year old, she was thought enough off by connections to embark on a Spring VRC Oaks campaign, she was forced to return after running 5th in the Group 3 Ethereal Stakes which was her best run over there, given a spell and returning to run 3rd at a recent trial where she looked quite forward in condition suggesting she will be spot on for this assignment, her winning chances should not be overlooked. MARISSA winning her last start at Ellerslie for trainer Stephen Ralph

Last week 3 of the 5 ‘Free Best Bets’ won:
Monday        – Te Teko Race 8: BOBBY DEE won paid $3.90 NZ TAB tote
Wednesday –  Hastings Race 6: LORD ARTHUR 5th of 5 (5th reads better than last)
Saturday     –  New Plymouth Race 8: KONSTANTINA won paid $4.70 NZ TAB tote 
Saturday     –  Wingatui Race 6: SULCIFERA 5th of 14
Sunday       –  Matamata Race 9: ROLL THE DICE won paid $6.80 NZ TAB tote
$10 on each Best Bet would have returned you $154 for a $104 profit

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