The maiden race at Te Rapa on Saturday was full of form with lots of winners likely to come out of the race in the future including the winner Exuude who doesn’t mind the really wet conditions. Douro was slow away and made ground in the straight but whether he is a true mudder remains to be seen. Super Ready, Parana, Pacorus, and Road Trip all look as though they are capable of winning a short notice but the winners do not stop there. Some of the runners would have preferred a better track and others a different distance. Certainly the race looked the charge of the light brigade on the home turn.
Donna Logan had three runners at Te Rapa on Saturday. Galatika which won, Sakology, and Super Ready. I think Super Ready and Sakology would have found the ground a bit too damp and the better going on their home track will be up their alley. Super Ready probably needs further. Both horses are likely to be improved by their Te Rapa runs as they were having their first run in about a month.
D’Llaro & I’Avahalf could be two jumpers to follow during the winter. I backed D’Llaro at Ellerslie on Monday and he ran along out in front like a madman. He is very talented as is the runner-up. Both horses qualified under my maiden debutante system where you back a maiden debutante which has won three flat races. I thought the track may have been too heavy for IAvahalf on Monday but he still ran very well.
The Gai Waterhouse trained galloper Wanjina along with Brazen Beau and Shamal Wind are all heading to England for the Royal Ascot meeting in late June and I don’t think you could rule any of them out as winning prospects as the Australian horses have a great record over there.
Fille Du Roi looks ones horse that will really appreciate the good track today at Oamaru. The Kenny Rae trained horse will be ridden by Matt Cameron. Her last win was at Kumara in January and I think this is her type of race. Norah is the other horse I like, she too will appreciate better ground and does not mind her races close together as her most recent win in April was when she was on a seven day back up.
Caduceus has a great chance of winning on his first start for Donna Logan in race 9 at Whangarei today. Formerly trained by the Shailer team, Caduceus was a listed winner at two. He will certainly appreciate the decent track today and looks a reasonable bet.
Spin Doctor it had to be said was not ridden as well as he could have last time out at Te Rapa (25 April). He got too far back then tried to weaved a passage through the field but was hampered then was taken very wide on the turn. HE would have had to sprout wings to win from there but still flew home in the final 100 metres. This time he has a different rider in Alyssa Schwerin and as on Anzac Day receives a 3 K allowance. Spin Doctor won the same race last year and looks set to do so again. Other chances at Te Rapa are; Noah John (race 1), Elusive Gold (race 3), Racquetor (race 5), Bachelor Zeel (race 6), Saorise (race 8), and Galaktika (race 11). At Rangatikei Thorn Prince (race 8) and Darci Mac (race 2) look the best chances.
Something’s Burning (race 4) and Springwater (race 5) look to be very competitive in their respective races today. They both ran just in behind the place getters at Riccarton last time out in premier grade and are rated live winning chances. Slick Nickel and Tallyho Tui also both raced at Riccarton last time out and look well placed. David Walsh takes the mount on Tallyho Tui which is quite significant as he has won on her previously.
Two year old Sacred Wins made her debut in the first at the Waipa meeting and did not appear to be travelling comfortably in the heavy going but finished on strongly in the straight. I think Te Rapa or Ruakaka would suit her better
THe Graham Richardson trained Anuka looks hard to beat in her race at Waipa tomorrow. She has had one run since a spell which was 18th April at Hastings where she was unplaced but the wetter track and slightly shorter distance will be in her favour as will the right handed way of going. In fact she has raced just one previously right handed for a 4 and 3/4 length win at Te Aroha over 1000 metres last August. She certainly looks to be too smart for this field.