LUKE NICELY WEIGHTED AT RICCARTON
LUKE has a big drop in weight for the Millenium Hotels & Resorts Premier (race 5). Last Sarturday in the Winter Cup he carried 56 kilos but with a 3 kilo claim this time and the lower weight scale, he is down to just 50 kilos. SCAPOLO, IRISH EXCUSE, NASHVILLE, and DYNAMIC are all chances and you could make a good case for any of them but I think Luke is back at his favourite distance and that really should turn it into his favour.
In the following race, both THE MAN & SHEZATOUCHA are good chance at reasonable odds. The Man won on the course & distance 24 June two starts back and would have improved his with run last Saturday while Shezatoucha won well last start and has a light weight of just 51 kilos. Her rider Tina Cominaghi has won three races on the mare including when she won her last race. She must have a good strike rate on the mare because she never riode her on the four races prior to her recent win.
MASTER PLATINUM is the value runner in race 8. He has yet to strike form this winter but will improve with his run on the first day where he was checked. Lisa Latta, his trainer has a good record with horses on a 7-day back-up.
DOIKNOWYOU has a nice drop in weight for the Winter Cup. He finished second behind NASHVILLE who will again carry 60 kilos. PLATINUM COMMAND is the value runner but will be racing further than she has ever been before.
Other chances at Riccarton are MANDALAY (race 10) and HIGHBROOK (race 11)