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New Zealand Horse Racing Tips - 2 best bets for Trentham and Pukekohe on Saturday May 26

  • 4 Best bets for Saturday's racing in New Zealand

The key racing action in New Zealand comes from Pukekura and Wingatui on February 3, and there are a few standouts on the programme.

New Zealand Racing Tips - May 26



The Road To Rock gelding SYLVESTER has done everything right this campaign and with three starts behind him now he will be at his peak for this. A hard-fought win second-up in BM85 company was followed by a solid third behind Trisha Lea who he meets here again. He is meeting the mare a couple of kilos better and will strip fitter from three runs back this preparation. Rosie Myers remains in the saddle for her third attempt at winning on the five-year-old. Another heavy track to deal with and although he is yet to win from six attempts in wet conditions he has been placed three times and gets his chance to break the drought here.

A four-time winner in heavy going, MANHATTAN STREET is third-up today after 10 months in the paddock and will be super fit for this event. After a solid first-up performance, finishing just outside the placings, the four-year-old son of Manhattan Rain hit his best form next up on a heavy Awapuni track. In BM75 company, she carried 57kgs to win by 1.5 lengths in 1.16.6 which is good time on a wet track for the 1200m trip. Kelly McCulloch returns to the saddle where she has already enjoyed success on the gelding. He has drawn the fence here and with four wins over the 1200m trip already on his resume, he will prove very hard to beat on yet another wet track.

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May 19


Race 4. BCD Group (Open) Hcp 1400m
The Alan Tait trained Southern Icon is second-up here and will appreciate returning to the 1400m trip. First-up after five months in the paddock, the six-year-old struck a heavy track Pukekura last week and was in need of the run. Caught wide early, jockey Mark Hills was forced to move forward and while still wide on the turn, the horse’s condition gave out over the unsuitable 1200m trip. Whilst beaten five lengths last start, he still hit the line well and will strip fitter here, especially with the short seven-day turnaround. The forecast is for a slow track and if it remains that way or improves slightly, this will also enhance his chances of improving from his first-up run. Jockey Mark Hills has ridden the gelding to seven of his eight victories, so he has enough experience to know what is needed for victory here. A two-time winner at the track and trip, he will be running on when it counts.

Race 7. Distinction Hamilton Hotel Hcp 1200m
Three-year-old Power O’hata lines up here with plenty of upside. From the Baker/Forsman stable, she is lightly-raced with just six career starts to her name however she has won half of those and is unbeaten this preparation. Resuming from a spell, she won a BM65 over 1300m at Pukekura then followed that up with a narrow victory here in open class over 1200m. Third-up here, she will strip even fitter and the soft track will pose no problem after winning her races this campaign on rain affected going. Matthew Cameron remains aboard where he has ridden the filly to all three of her victories. She jumps from gate six and should find a forward spot with cover. She maps well in this field and looks the one to beat again.


Race 4. AB Equipment/Pts Hcp (BM85) 2100m
Third-up here, five-year-old Sylvester is in good touch since resuming. First-up at Awapuni, he finished off well over 1550m. Sitting last on the turn he hit the line to finish mid-field. Second-up at Trentham he was ridden forward which paid dividends as he won the BM85 event over 2100m. The Road To Rock gelding has come back in good touch and looks well placed here. Up against similar company, he should prove very competitive. He has drawn wide but will find a favourable position in the small field. Rosie Myers climbs aboard for her second ride after a fast finishing fourth at this track last preparation. Based on his two starts since resuming, he looks hard to beat here.

Race 7. James Bull Rangitikei Gold Cup (Open) 1550m
The lightly-raced five-year-old William Wallace has resumed in top form with a resounding win at Riccarton Park. First-up after five months off the scene, he proved too good for his BM85 rivals where he came from last on the turn to win the 1200m event.  He’s drawn nicely again in gate four and should settle quickly from the favourable draw. Rosie Myers remains aboard and has plenty of experience with the Darci Brahma gelding having ridden him on nine previous occasions and celebrated with  three victories in that time. He climbs to 1550m for the first time but does drop 2kgs in the process. Second-up and fitter here, he looks the one to beat

May 12


Race 5. Dennis Wheeler Earthmoving Hcp (BM75) 1600m
The lightly-raced five-year-old Capucine steps up to the mile for the first time and looks well placed after her latest efforts. Resuming from a four-month spell, the High Chaparral mare beat home a BM65 field over 1200m at Te Rapa. Then despite climbing to 1400m, second-up she repeated that effort. Coming from behind she won going away from them. She rises in grade here and has some extra weight to carry as well but based on her last run it won’t make too much difference. She has drawn nicely in gate five and should enjoy a smooth run with cover. Third-up here and just about at her peak, she should chew up the 1600m here.

Race 7. Energy City Ford Hcp (Open) 1800m
Team Rogerson has seven-year-old Assign engaged here and he brings with him a solid second-up record. After an unsuccessful spring campaign in Melbourne he resumed from a spell in the Marlborough Cup over 1950m. Carrying 60.5kgs he travelled wide from the 1000m mark and hit the line well to finish within three lengths of Overtheriver.  The 2016 Herbert Power Hcp winner meets Overtheriver 3kgs better for finishing third at his last start. A three-time winner second-up, he has missed a top three finish just once from all six second-up runs. Leading rider Jonathan Parkes jumps aboard for his first ride on the Group Two winning gelding. Second-up, he should show his class here.


Race 5. Rotorua Cup (Group 3) 2200M
Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have had mixed fortunes with their four-year-old Highlad who has proven to be hard to follow lately. However he is coming off an impressive win in BM85 company over 2100m. While two starts back he failed to impress when beaten five lengths in the Hawkes Bay Cup but that was in Listed company. Three starts back he did impress with a hard fought win in the 2200m Te Aroha Cup. He lines up here with last start winning jockey Johnathan Riddell in the saddle. He jumps from gate five and should enjoy a sit behind the pace from there. He is better suited in this company and gets his chance to string two wins in a row here.

Race 7. ISCL Rotorua Stakes (WFA) 1400m
Trainer John Bary has the talented Stratum mare Miss Wilson lining up here and she looks the pick of the day. After finishing third in open company at Hastings two starts back, she saved her best for Te Aroha last start. In Group One company she took out the NZ Thoroughbred Stakes (1600m). She lines up here a three-time winner over the mile and in easier company. She has drawn ideally in gate three and will surely find the perfect sit behind the pace from that draw. She has found form at the right time and with two recent starts behind her now, she should be at her peak in fitness. She looks the goods here.

May 5


Race 6. David Emerson Accountant Hcp (BM85) 1200m
Bevan Wilson saddles up Wise Act here after nearly six months in the paddock. The Zacinto mare mixed her form when last in work but certainly stamped her authority on wet tracks. Second-up last campaign she won a BM75 here over 1400m on a heavy track. Then just before being spelled, she finished well back in sixth place in BM85 company but the dry track appeared to be her worst enemy that, unable to handle the conditions as well as her rivals. With a heavy track forecast for Riccarton Park, Wise Act comes right into calculations here. Already a winner first-up, the four-year-old ticks many boxes and has the services of Multi-Group One winning jockey Lisa Allpress who will be having her first ride on the mare. A winner of four of five heavy track starts, a three-time winner at the trip and has two victories at the track, Wise Act is in the mix here.

Race 7. NZI Great Autumn Hcp (Open) 2500m
Beaten a nose by St. Emilion in the Canterbury Gold Cup, Who Dares Wins should start a warm favourite here. However, the big run in the Cup belongs to Son Of Zac who was tailed off until the turn then stormed home to grab fourth prize on a dry track which is not his preferred surface. His last 400 metres in the Group Three 2000m event was eye catching to say the least. Here, here climbs to 2500m which can only benefit his racing style and with a wet track being forecast, he commands plenty of attention. Courtney Barnes remains in the saddle where she has been for the four-year-old’s last four races. A noted slow starter, he will back at the tail again however watch for a big finish as he carries 4.5kgs less than his big finishing last run.


Race 5. Double R Hcp (BM85) 2100m
Lightly-raced mare Fawn has been impressive this time in. Having just her fifth race start, she came from back in the field to win a BM65 over 1600m at Matamata. She then backed that effort up last start by repeating the effort here in a BM75 over the longer 2100m trip. Again she took a trail in the back-half of the field and finished too well for her rivals. Up in grade here, but is in top form and now four starts into this preparation she should be at her peak. Down in the weights she can match it with her rivals here. Leading rider Danielle Johnson jumps aboard for her first ride on the Savabeel mare. She will get back as expected but will be finishing strongly at the finish. 

Race 7. True Colours Mid-Winter Luncheon 7th July Hcp (BM65) 1200m
Yet to miss a top three finish, the Baker/Forsman gelding Socially Excited resumes here after eight months off the scene. Ironically, the Falkirk four-year-old is yet to race on a dry track and looks to get that opportunity here, weather permitting. After winning his maiden at Matamata, he strung together three straight third placings prior to spelling. He showed plenty of promise last preparation and showed all the signs of a horse going places. Lightly-raced and on fresh legs here, look for a bold showing first-up. 

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What Bets To Place at New Zealand Horse Racing

There are a number of ways to bet on horse racing this weekend from a standard win or place bet to quadrellas and multibets. 

SINGLE: The most common bet. The single bet involves betting on your selection to win, place, or both (each-way). If betting each-way (see our guide for what an each-way bet is), the stake is doubled as you are betting on your selection to win, and also to place.

QUINELLA: A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners. To win a Quinella, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order

EXACTA: An exacta is exactly the same as a quinella. However, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the correct order

TRIFECTA: A Trifecta bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a Trifecta, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in a given race. 

FIRST4: A First4 bet is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a First4, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placegetters in a given race. 

MYSTERY BET: A Mystery Bet takes the guess work out of picking a Trifecta and is generated by the betting agency’s computer. The computer system will randomly select three runners and if they fill the placings you win the Trifecta. 

QUADDIE: A Quaddie bet, or Quadrella bet as it is fully known, is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings. A quaddie is betting on the winners of four nominated races, which are typically the last four races of any meeting, and is a very popular bet. 

MULTIBET: Multibets offer a great way to secure big winning returns on your bets as you combine various bets into one, and are proving to be an extremely popular way to bet. A multibet combines any number of bets from two to 25 into one single bet and dramatically increases the odds. 

PATENT BET: A Patent bet is similar to a three-leg multibet but is made up of seven separate bets: three singles, three doubles and a trio. Where a multibet requires all selections to win for a return, a patent bet will yield a return from just one winner.

ALL-IN BETTING: All-In betting involves a bookmaker offering fixed odds on selected feature races prior to the declaration of the final field. All-In betting on the Melbourne Cup, for example, is available for the better part of 12 months leading into the event. The risk with All-In Betting is that you will not receive your stake back if your horse is scratched.

Alternatively, follow our quick links below to learn more about the various types of horse racing bets.


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