Friday, 9 April


Race 1
3 Fastmosa

Has not been seen at the races since his unlucky debut effort at Wingatui late last year, where he was badly held up in the home straight and never allowed to fully let down as a result. Impressed when running second in his recent trial and blinkers go on to sharpen him up. Will get every chance down the roomy Riccarton straight and prove to be a leading contender in the first of the day.
Selections: 3-5-1-8

Race 2
4 Khimar War

Talented sprinter who has had a frustrating run of minor placings in the last couple of months. Will relish the drop back to the 1000m trip here where he has not missed a placing in his three starts at the distance. Has no weight on his back with Young Chew’s 4kg claim and wont get a better chance to return to the winners circle than today.
Selections: 4-3-6-2

Race 3
5 Show Bazz

Son of Showcasing who was not disgraced in a strong 3YO race here a fortnight ago, a race won by the talented Atishu. Takes on the older horses today but gets some much needed weight relief with Kin Kwo’s 2kg claim. Should be able to position himself in the first half dozen in running from barrier six and with an ounce of  luck, can definitely make his presence felt at a nice each-way quote.
Selections: 5-3-7-1

Race 4
1 Golden Harvest 

Course specialist who was solid here when first up a fortnight ago, running second behind talented stablemate Okay Pal. Will strip fitter today and will appreciate the step up to 1400m, a distance he has had previous success at. Has a sticky draw to overcome but if he can get some cover early and is saved for one run at them, he should be right in the hunt again today.
Selections: 1-3-11-5

Race 5
14 Larippa

Super consistent mare who has been knocking on the door in recent months, running in the money in her last five starts. Has a solid record here at Riccarton and if she can settle handy in running, she can definitely make her long awaited return to the winners enclosure today.
Selections: 14-2-12-13

Race 6
3 Atishu

Steven Marsh trained filly who set the Riccarton straight alight a fortnight ago, coming form near last on the turn to run under 32 seconds for her last 600m. Will appreciate the extra furlong here and if she can anticipate the jump a bit better today,  should have way too much class for her rivals again.
Selections: 3-8-1-4

Race 7
16 Bronte Beach

Was the eye catcher in the South Island Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes a fortnight ago, making up good ground to run third behind stablemate and race rival Belle Fascino. Drawn to get a lovely rails run here and will relish the step up to the 1800m trip. If she gets the racing room required in the run home, she is a strong contender in what is a wide open affair.
Selections: 16-5-2-7

Race 8
3 Rockland

Speed machine who raced a bit keenly up front here last start, beaten by the swooping Our Rosette. Will look to push forward again from his wide gate and with a well rated Lisa Allpress ride, should prove very tough to peg back in the last race of the day.
Selections: 3-4-1-13

Best: 3 Atishu (Race 6)
Next: 4 Khimar War (Race 2)
Roughie: 16 Bronte Beach (Race 7)


Race 1
8 Illumination

Promising 3YO filly who placed in the Uncle Remus Stakes behind Brando and The Irishman before spelling. Since, Brando has been Group 1 placed and The Irishman has gone to Sydney and won a Metro Benchmark 78 and placed in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes. This form reads well and she won a trial nicely in preparation for this back in March. There is a stack of speed drawn outside her so while she has the ability to jump and lead from the ace, look for her to take a position just in behind them.
Selections: 8-11-12-3

Race 2
6 Rose ‘N’ Power

Power filly who resumed with a solid second at Tauranga in a tidy little field. She ran well second up last prep and if she gets it her own way out in front, she’ll take some running down.
Selections: 6-3-10-1

Race 3
5 Corretto

Zacinto Gelding who has won his last two trials in nice fashion. He looks to have gate speed to burn so look for him to cross to the lead or sit outside of Our Sassy Cat and give a nice kick turning for home.
Selections: 5-1-10-14

Race 4
2 All Black Bourbon

Both runs this prep have been superb and the step up to the mile here is perfect. He’s drawn the car park but that’s not much of a worry considering his racing pattern and there is enough speed up front to set it up nicely for him to come flying home. While there are some nice horses in this field he’s dropping way back in grade and looks the standout.
Selections: 2-7-10-13

Race 5
11 Piping Hot

With Joe’s claim this gelding meets a number of these better off at the weights from their last meeting at Ellerslie on the 15th of March and his run for fourth last start was huge. He will likely be last in running but with Cassio and Iskander running them along at a clip he should be able to produce quick closing sectionals with no weight on his back.
Selections: 11-10-3-7

Race 6
3 Familia

Talented mare who has been in fantastic form this prep. She’s only missed a place once which was when she ran fourth in the Hallmark Stud Handicap and her formlines right the way through read strongly. She was kept up to the mark with a run in a high profile trial before the Matamata Card last week and from the ace she should get a beautiful run in behind Pop Star Princess. Having dual accepted, Brendan and Lance may choose to run her in the Breeders but if they chose to run her here she looks hard to beat.
Selections: 3-7-1-2

Race 7
3 Levante

Boy is there some anticipation for this race. The third meeting of the two super mares over a third distance. Avantage, Levante. Levante, Avantage. Which way do you go? With Avantage up 2-0 we see the largest disparity in prices between the two with Avantage opening $1.90 and Levante opening $3.40 but I think Levante can get one back here over a mile. With how the race maps, Avantage isn’t going to get as much of a head start coming for home and Levante gets one of the longest straights in NZ to run her down. Sam should be able to get her into clear running at the top of the straight and unleash her down the middle of the track. I don’t think there is any doubt she can run quicker closing sectionals and this race presents her best opportunity to get over the top of Avantage. Take nothing away from the rest of this field, there are some fantastic mares, but this is the match race everyone is hoping to see. It’s going to be an absolute spectacle and all eye’s will be on Te Aroha come 4.20pm on Saturday afternoon.
Selections: 2-1-3-4

Race 8
7 Duneagle

Arguably should have won last start. He got back on the rail and was climbing all over the back of Les Crayeres after she pinched his gap and his work through the line was superb. They may look to ride him a little handier here and with even luck in running he should go very close at a nice E/W price.
Selections: 7-2-6-9

Best: 8 Illumination (Race 1)
Next: 2 All Black Bourbon (Race 4)
Roughie: 10 Bea A Roca (Race 2)



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