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Thursday, 20 February

RICCARTON


RACE 1
1 Exclaim

Long-time maidener but has placed in the top four on 14 occasions. Not the strongest of fields he has lined up in and perfectly drawn in 1.
Selections: 1-5-3-6


RACE 2
1 Mediterranean Star

Nice effort at Riccarton a fortnight ago when finishing second to Final Savings despite drawing wide. Meets some of the same opposition here and finds himself with a much better draw (6).
Selections: 1-2-3-4


RACE 3
1 Pinup Coup

Local who drops back in class after finishing a length off Owen Patrick at her last start. Drawn inside and gets two kilos off with Kavish Chowdhorry aboard.
Selections: 1-4-3-2


RACE 4
12 Vivace Lady

Kennedy/Furlong-trained filly who can get back on track here. Back up to 1800 suits and is ensured of a soft trip from her gate (2).
Selections: 12-1-7-13


RACE 5
1 Hombre

On target to finally break his duck after three game efforts at his last three starts. Parsons stable are in a very good patch at the moment.
Selections: 1-9-3-4


RACE 6
7 Sure Is

Capable of turning the tables on Effervescent. Three kilos better off at the weights and has landed a better draw (6 vs. 10th).
Selections: 7-1-3-10


RACE 7
3 Highly Unlikely

Didn’t get a lot of luck when finishing ninth behind Capodanno at his last start after a run of placings. Hard to beat if he manages to put it all together on the day.
Selections: 3-5-1-2


Best: 1 Mediterranean Star (Race 2) 
Next: 1 Hombre (Race 5)
Roughie: 12 Vivace Lady (Race 4)

 
 

Friday, 21 February

MATAMATA


RACE 1
7 Socialights

Stephen Marsh-trained mare who has been hitting the line nicely in recent starts. Won’t get many better chances than this to add to her win record.
Selections: 7-5-3-9


RACE 2
10 Jip Jip Rock

Super impressive when she won at Ellerslie in December and has had three runs since, going close at her last two. Weighted to make a big impact in this.
Selections: 10-1-6-8


RACE 3
7 The Garrison 

Ready to break through after strong showings at his previous three starts. Has a good record at his home track (4s:0w:3p) and won’t mind stepping back to 1400.
Selections: 7-10-11-1


RACE 4
1 Cool Aza Beel

Defied a huge betting drift to win the Karaka Million last month. Should be unbeaten after getting shut out three starts back. Won’t be getting a price but something would have to be drastically off for him to lose this.
Selections: 1-2-7-3


RACE 5
4 Levante

Exciting filly who has won three from three. Stunning win at her most recent start when easily reeling them in and extending away for a four length win.
Selections: 4-6-3-1


RACE 6
1 Supera

Talented mare who was scratched out of the Otaki WFA due to the forecast rain. Would prefer the mile but class should get her over the line here.
Selections: 1-3-6-2


RACE 7
8 Dragon Queen

Her run behind Taroni on Boxing Day was excellent. She hit the line stylishly that day and followed that up with a strong-finishing fifth in the Karaka Million.
Selections: 8-1-7-3


RACE 8
12 Joe’s Legacy 

It took a smart horse to down him at his last start. Gets in well at the weights (53 kgs) and is unbeaten in two starts at Matamata.
Selections: 12-1-3-4


RACE 9
5 Le Sablier 

All set for a step up to 2000 metres after savaging the line at Tauranga for second a fortnight back. Drawn (2) to get a soft trip. 
Selections: 5-4-6-1


Best: 5 Le Sablier (Race 9) 
Next: 8 Dragon Queen (Race 7)
Roughie: 7 The Garrison (Race 3)
 

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