John Jenkins highlights his number one selection in each of the races
coming up from New Zealand.



Tuesday, 15 December


Race 1
Reflection: A four-year-old by Darci Brahma who deserves to break through for a maiden win after a 3rd and three 2nds from her last five starts. Closed well late when runner up behind the highly regarded Guillada over 2000m at Stratford last start and drawn well here.
Selections: 4-5-1-12
Race 2
11 Spirit Of Galway: A consistent filly by Rip Van Winkle from the powerful Jamie Richards stable who has recorded two 2nds, a 3rd and a 4th from four starts. Forced to cover plenty of extra ground in the running and still finished strongly for a close 2nd over 1000m at Taupo last start. Extra distance here should suit.
Selections: 11-9-2-8
Race 3
4 Shesonfire: A four-year-old from the strong Stephen Marsh stable who has not finished further back than 4th in her five starts. Unlucky not to win over 1200m at New Plymouth last start when held up early in the home straight. Flashed home when finally clear to only go down by a nose. 
Selections: 4-7-3-1
Race 4
2 Virtuoso Lad: A well bred five-year-old by Exceed And Excel who has only had seven starts for a win, a 3rd and three 4ths. He was doing his best work at the finish when a last start 4th over 1200m at Te Aroha and should run out a strong 1230m here. Has the advantage of the number one barrier.
Selections: 2-1-6-4
Race 5
9 Easy M’Lady: A promising three-year-old filly by Super Easy who was impressive when winning on debut over 1230m on this track earlier this season. Has followed that up with three more creditable performances, the most recent being in the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton. This should be easier.
Selections: 9-2-4-6
Race 6
2 Caballero: A four-year-old from the strong Baker/Forsman stable who was strong when winning a maiden race over 2200m on this track two starts back. Followed that up with a useful 6th over 2100m at Ellerslie, where he covered extra ground in the running. Drawn to get a good run here and Matthew Cameron rides.
Selections: 2-9-4-5
Race 7
1 Power Of Strength: A three-year-old by Power who deserves to break through for a maiden win after a 2nd and four 3rds from 10 starts. Ran home strongly for 3rd over 1200m at Ruakaka last start so the extra 200m here should be ideal. Talented apprentice Ryan Elliot will claim a 1kg allowance.
Selections: 1-4-3-8
Race 8
7 Duck Road: A promising three-year-old by Ekraar from the powerful Jamie Richards stable who finished 3rd on debut over 1230m on this track and finished 2nd behind a highly promising horse in Vigor Winner when 2nd over 1200m at Hastings last start. Top woman jockey Samantha Collett is back aboard here.
Selections: 7-11-1-6
Best: Shesonfire (Race 3)
Next: Spirit Of Galway (Race 2)
Roughie: Solomon (Race 5)


Wednesday, 16 December


Race 1
1 Look West: A four-year-old by Cape Blanco who is trained on the New Plymouth track and seems to be getting better with each start. Followed up a 4th over 1600m at Stratford with a good last start 2nd over 1600 at Wanganui. He was running on both times so the extra distance here should suit.
Selections: 1-2-4-5
Race 2
3 Spring Blossom: An Australian-bred filly by Epaulette who is trained on the New Plymouth track. Recorded a good 3rd over 1400m on this track two starts back and was then caught wide in the running when finishing 4th over 1400 at Otaki. Drawn to get a good run here.
Selections: 3-1-4-6
Race 3
1 Mediterranean Star: A five-year-old by Per Incanto from the strong Stephen Marsh stable who showed good promise last season when recording consecutive 2nds over 1400m at Rotorua and Waipukurau. Fresh up here after a long break but has had the benefit of a recent trial and should be ready to fire.
Selections: 1-8-7-11
Race 4
1 Monaco: A four-year-old by Per Incanto who deserves to break through for a maiden win after two 2nds, three 3rds and a 4th from nine starts. Unlucky when 2nd over 1200m at Ellerslie two starts back and was running on well for 3rd over the same distance at Te Aroha last start. Should appreciate the extra 200m here.
Selections: 1-7-10-2
Race 5
1 Malo Bik: A talented four-year-old who is trained on the New Plymouth track and has returned a dividend six times from 11 starts. Placed in each of his two starts on this track and should be ready to perform well again after two starts back in a new campaign. Will have the benefit of a 3kg allowance.
Selections: 1-4-2-6
Race 6
1 Ocean Ruler: A consistent four-year-old by Ocean Park who has had six starts for four 3rds and two 4ths. Won a Taupo trial over 1250m in October before resuming with a close 3rd over 1600m at Waipukurau. Freshened again for this and should be prominent from an inside barrier draw.
Selections: 1-2-5-11
Race 7
5 Terra Firma: A well bred four-year-old by Reliable Man who was a winner over 1300m at Taupo earlier this season and has not been far away in three starts since. Closed strongly in the final stages when 3rtd over 1800m at Taupo last start and should be hard to beat over the same distance and from an inside draw.
Selections: 5-2-1-8
Best: Terra Firma (Race 7)
Next: Spring Blossom (Race 2)
Roughie: Hi I’m Nikkita (Race 6)

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