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


Monday, 12 November


Race 1
6 Arrogant: A three-year-old by Ocean Park who is held in high regard. Got to within a length of Dawn Patrol when 2nd in a 1200m maiden race at Matamata two starts back and then contested the Group 2 Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa. Drawn wide but should find this much easier.
Selections: 6-2-10-3
Race 2
9 Glendalough: A highly regarded mare by Azamour who deserves to break through for a maiden win after three 2nds from six starts. Had to overcome interference at the start when finishing 2nd over 1200m at Avondale two starts back and then forced to cover extra ground  from a wide draw here last start. She has a good draw here.
Selections: 9-6-5-1
Race 3
6 Espresso Martini: A well bred filly by High Chaparral out of the Group 1 winning mare Keepa Cruisin and from the powerful Baker/Forsman stable. Looks to be building to a maiden win after a debut 3rd over 1200m on this track and a close last start 2nd over 1400m at Te Awamutu.
Selections: 6-12-7-9
Race 4
8 Ensemble: An exceptionally well bred filly by Pins out of the Group 1 winning mare Costume and from the strong Rogerson stable. Followed up a win and a 3rd in two barrier trials with a fast finishing debut 4th over 1200m at Pukekohe. Should appreciate the step up to 1400m here.
Selections: 8-3-13-5                                                      
Race 5
1 Heat Seeker: A six-year-old who is still a maiden but he has recorded three 2nds from only six starts and was unlucky not to win at least one race last season. Hasn’t raced since February but he has had the benefit of a recent  935m Cambridge trial and he has the advantage of the number one barrier.
Selections: 1-12-2-7
Race 6
1 Pont Alma: A promising Australian-bred mare by Stratum who has recorded a 2nd and two 3rds from seven starts and finished 7th in the Group 2 Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie. Resumed from a spell with an unlucky 5th over 1400m at Te Rapa last month and should be suited by the step up to 1600m here. Opie Bosson has the mount.
Selections: 1-13-3-2
Race 7
6 Motivation: A progressive four-year-old by Mastercraftsman from the strong Jamie Richards stab le who has had seven starts for a win, two 2nds and two 4ths. Finished strongly for 2nd over 1400m at Pukekohe last start  after being caught wide in the running and the step up to 1600m here looks ideal.
Selections: 6-1-3-7
Race 8
4 Pitch And Switch: A promising four-year-old who showed great potential earlier this year with a win and two 2nds in the space of three starts. Recorded a 2nd and a win in two barrier trials before a fresh up 6th over 1215m at Rotorua last month. Sure to be improved by that outing and drawn to get a good run here.
Selections: 4-7-8-3
Race 9
3 Uabasso: Coming of an unlucky 4th over 2100m at Tauranga last Saturday where she got cluttered up behind the leaders and didn’t get clear running until too late. She has been placed on this track in the past and also placed at 2200m. Danielle Johnson takes over the reins.
Selections: 3-2-7-4
Best: Motivation (Race 7)
Next: Ensemble (Race 4)
Roughie: Soleil Dore (Race 2)


Tuesday, 13 November


Race 1
10 Super Girl: A capable four-year-old from the Masterton stable of Gerald Innes who looks ready to break through for a maiden win after four minor placings from nine starts. Good enough to finish 2nd to The Chosen One over 1400m at Hawera three starts back and she has the advantage of an inside draw here.
Selections: 10-5-8-16
Race 2
2 Elfee: A consistent performer who has a record of nine wins and 10 minor placings from 41 starts. Won well over 2000m on this track two starts back and then did well to finish 5th  when carrying 60kg last start. Drops 1.5kg in the handicap here and experienced jockey Danielle Johnson takes over the reins.
Selections: 2-5-7-1
Race 3
1 Hunter Villain: A promising four-year-old by Darci Brahma and from a stable that has a great winning strike-rate on the Riccarton track. He has only once finished further back than 4th in six starts and he was doing his best work late when 4th over 1400m on the first day. Should now be ready to step up to 1600m.
Selections: 1-9-11-13
Race 4
1 More Wonder: Produced an outstanding performance to finish 5th in last Saturday’s Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) after missing the start by four lengths. Stakes placed in strong three-year-old races in the North Island before that and must rate as the hardest to beat from an inside draw.
Selections: 1-7-3-2                                                        
Race 5
7 The Precious One: A class mare who has recorded four wins and a 3rd from only six starts and was good enough to beat the older horses as a three-year-old last season. Resumed from a spell with an impressive win over 1200m on this rack last month and should strip even fitter for this. 
Selections: 7-4-1-3
Race 6
6 Remington: A talented four-year-old from the powerful Jamie Richards stable who has recorded three wins and four 2nds from only seven starts and has a record of two wins and a 2ndfrom three starts on this track. Flashed home late to score over 1200m here last start so the extra 200m here should be ideal.
Selections: 6-1-8-7
Race 7
7 Prom Queen: An outstanding mare who boasts a record of nine wins and three minor placings from only 18 starts and five of her victories have been on this track. She was one of the best three-year-olds in the country last season and resumed from a spell with an all the way win over 1200m at Ruakaka in September. 
Selections: 7-1-8-9
Race 8
5 Abacus: A promising stayer by Postponed in the strong John Wheeler stable who has recorded two wins and five 2nds from only 13 starts. Followed up a 2nd over 2100m at Hawera with a dominant 5 length win over 2200m at Trentham last start. Jason Waddell was aboard in that victory and retains the mount here.
Selections: 5-10-4-1
Race 9
5 Te Akau Shark: A four-year-old who has had five starts for four wins and a 4th and comes into this race with a huge reputation. Hasn’t raced since bolting in by 3 lengths over 1400m at Hastings on October 6 but is said to have trained on exceptionally well and is bred to run out a strong 1600m. Looks the obvious one to beat. 
Selections: 5-4-11-6
Race 10
3 Kamanda Lincoln: A capable five-year-old by Savabeel from the strong Lisa Latta stable who is a three race winner and looks well placed in a Rating 65 grade race. He was doing his best work at the finished when 6th over 2200m at Trentham last start and is both a winner on the Riccarton course and over the 2500m distance.
Selections: 3-1-8-11
Best: The Precious One (Race 5)
Next: Abacus (Race 8)
Roughie: William Wallace (Race 7)


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