Waikato Cup meeting
The Waikato Cup is the feature race on Saturday and it looks like MONGOLIAN MARSHAL in this after finishing a strong 2nd in the Counties Cup last time out. His formline is 1212 and he is well-weighted with 53.5kg but his odds will be short. IGRAINE will be the hardest to beat. She won the Counties Cup last time out.
LOVE AFFAIR ticks all of the right boxes and looks the winner of the WFA for fillies and mares. She finished second to LIZZIE L’AMOUR in the race last year and should be too good with another year on her. Love Affair won well at Ellerslie 1st December. Lizzie La’mour will again be her race rival. It is interesting to note that she won the Waikato Cup 2 years ago. NICOLETTA is the other major chance but seems to be just below the really top class mares.
The open Handicap sprint is an interesting race with no obvious chance but UGO FOSCOLO is unbeaten on the course in three starts and has to be one of the main chances. DONNA ANNE BILLY is in the form of her life though with 3 wins and a fifth from her last four starts and has only 54kg. SAVE THE DATE is one for longer odds as she finished 5th at WFA at Pukekohe last time out.
An angle I was looking at was taking last race winners trained by top trainers at feature meetings; I have found two horses trained by the Baker/Forsman team who won their last start and they are racing at Te Rapa on Saturday; LOVE AFFAIR (race 6) and HINCHIN POWER (race 9)
At Awapuni, all eyes will be on the Eulogy Stakes, a Group 3 race for 3-year-old fillies with another Baker/Forsman runner QUEEN OF DIAMONDS entered but she beat a maiden field last time out. The going could be a factor so it pays to wait until later on in the week.
The Manawatu Cup trial is the lead up to the Cup the following week with DUPLICITY looking the one to beat as he won at the meeting last year and from 4 starts on the course has won twice and finished placed twice. The Gary Vile pair of ROCK ON and JACKSSTAR are also worth watching.
Crispin selected at Wingatui
CRISPIN is the only horse I am interested in on Friday at Wingatui. She was one of those I had on my list from the Cromwell meeting 2nd December. She has won at the course & distance and I think she is worth a bet on Friday and again the folowing start. Friday’s meeting has cheap stakes so you cannot be sure which horses are out to win.