New Zealand Horse Racing Tips - 2 best bets for Riccarton and Te Rapa on Saturday August 4

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The key racing action in New Zealand comes from Riccarton and Te Rapa on Saturday August 4, and there are a few standouts on the programmes.


New Zealand Racing Tips - August 4

RICCARTON

Race 6. NORWOOD FARM MACHINERY PREMIER SPRINT (Open) 1200m
In the money at his last three starts, SALAMANCA looks well placed to continue here. After two minor placings at Trentham, the Alamosa gelding then broke through for his first win this preparation in Open company over 1200m at Te Rapa beating home Fire Jet and Resurrect. He lines up here in similar company and has apprentice rider Dannielle Hirini back aboard who is a three-time winner with him. In the small field, if he dictates the pace, he could prove hard to run down again.



Race 8. WINNING EDGE PRESENTATIONS 121ST WINTER CUP (Open) 1600m
In a big field with several winning chances, I’m running with the Simon Wilson-trained DEZ to get the money here. His only unplaced run this campaign was at Awapuni where he drew wide and had 59.5kgs to carry. Two starts prior to that he finished top three at Wanganui and Trentham. His last start saw him back in the winner’s circle with a hard-fought victory over Hand It To Jonesy and Rosewood over 1600m. Here, he draws wide in gate 14 but has just 53kgs to carry and has leading rider Lisa Allpress aboard for her first ride on the gelding. If he can cross and find a sit in the first half of the field early, he will be running on in the closing stages. He shapes up as a real threat here. 


TE RAPA

Race 6. ALLIED SECURITY  (OPEN) 1200m
Top class sprinter JULIUS resumes here after five months in the paddock and is yet to miss a top three finish in five first-up appearances. The Swiss Ace gelding returns after winning five of his last six races, including his last three straight, all at Ellerslie. He improved at each of his last three runs, ending with a strong performance, winning the Group Three Darley Stallion’s Plate. He covered the 1200m trip in 1:08.3. He performs well when fresh and looks well placed here. Drawn the fence, he will be ridden by Jason Waddell who has steered him to victory twice previously. Respect him first-up here.

Race 7. CAL ISUZU (BM65) 1200m
The Tony Pike trained PINK GRAFFITI rates highly in this company. After five-straight runner-up prizes, the well-bred Ocean Park mare finally broke her maiden status last start with a solid win over 1200m at Hastings. Michael Coleman returns to the saddle here and has finished second on all three occasions he has ridden the four-year-old. Drawn wide here, Coleman should settle back in the field and save her for the sprint home. A very honest mare who can go on with it in this.



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July 28


AWAPUNI 

RACE 4. HAUNUI FARM HANDICAP BM75 1200M
A big winner at this track last start, SEA STAR looks well placed to go back-to-back here. Runner-up in both starts off a six-month spell, the Lucky Unicorn gelding dropped back to the 1200m trip and easily accounted for his BM65 rivals here last start, putting 2.5 lengths on the opposition while lumping 59kgs. Up to BM75 class here, he will appreciate the 2.5kg drop in weight and a start from gate one also boosts his chances. Lisa Allpress remains aboard for her sixth ride on the five-year-old, having racked up two wins already. He looks the goods.
Result (4th)

RACE 7. COURTESY FORD HANDICAP BM75 2100M
Yet to see a dry track this preparation, ZARTAN doesn’t seem to mind wet tracks having recorded all six career victories on rain affected circuits. Finishing unplaced at his last two outings, he was beaten by class on both occasions. Go on his effort three starts back where he beat all but Wazuzu home in a BM75 over 2200m, after trying to lead all the way. Back to BM75 here, he will appreciate the drop in grade and is a two-time winner at the track and trip. Respect him here.
Result (unplaced)

ARAWA PARK

RACE 8. WOODS CONTRACTING TAUMARUNUI GOLD CUP 2200M
A model of consistency this preparation, the Team Baker/Forsman-trained RODRICO steps up in distance here but has shown this campaign he will handle the extra trip. Four starts back the High Chaparral gelding sat mid-field most of the way and finished strongly to grab third prize in a BM85 over 2100m at Te Rapa then followed that with solid effort finishing second over the same trip in heavy going. Last start, the stable dropped him back to the mile where jockey Jonathan Riddell went for home passing the 600m mark and beat all but Strolling Vagabond to the line. It’s debatable whether his preparation for this has been successful or not, but he does tick most boxes and is two from three on heavy tracks. He must be respected here.
Result (1st - $6)

RACE 10. RACING ROTORUA 1560 BM75 1560M
Winning two of her last three, ELLE EYE ARE lines up here in similar company and if we forgive her last run, she will prove hard to beat. Three starts back, the Rip Van Winkle filly proved too good for her rivals in a BM65 over the mile on a heavy Te Teko course. She followed that up with a similar performance at Hawera where she stepped up to BM75 grade and despite being pushed very wide nearing the turn, she still showed a ton of speed to go on and put three lengths on them in a solid victory. On those two efforts, she is right in this.
Result (unplaced)


July 21

PUKEKURA

RACE 5. POWERWORX OPUNAKE CUP 1400M
This could turn out to be a one-stable affair with Murray Baker and Andrew Foresman supplying three of the best chances in the race. DEALS IN HEELS gets my vote again although she has been a real bridesmaid of late, finishing second at four of her five starts this preparation. The Iffraaj mare was incredibly caught three-wide without cover last start, despite being in a small seven-horse field. She hit the line solidly but just couldn’t reel in her half-sister and stablemate New York Minute who hung on to beat her home. Samantha Collett jumps aboard here for her first ride on the mare and might have a little more luck in running. Clearly, New York Minute will again be the hardest to beat along with the stable’s third runner, Tomelilla and it’s possible the three of them could trifecta the race. At the weights, I’ll run with Deals In Heels to break the run of second prize finishes. 
Result (unplaced)

RACE 8. THE DEVON HOTEL AND MARBLES RESTAURANT 2000 (BM75) 2000M
Another from the Baker/Forsman stables is BEAU JEU who has hit the ground running since returning from a six-month spell. Similar to stablemate Deals In Heels, his first three starts back ended in runner-up cheques before a hard fought victory at Awapuni over the Ray Connors-trained Whoshotmymate. These meet again here at similar weights so it may come down to the tempo of the race. Their last meeting saw a solid pace on from barrier rise. I’m going with Beau Jeu to repeat his last effort, predicting a slower pace up front here. 
Result (unplaced)


TE RAPA 

RACE 5. BGP BATTLERS CUP 2200 (BM85) 2200M
Four starts into this preparation and topweight JOCHEN RINDT has show enough at his last two starts to suggest he is ready to win. While the eight-year-old has a career spanning 40 race starts, he has only run the 2200m on two occasions, winning one and finishing top three at the other. His last two runs have been over the 2100m trip on this track where he finished second on both occasions. Fourth-up here, he should be at his peak now and will give a bold sight.
Result (4th)

RACE 6 SIGNATURE HOMES 1600 HCP (BM75) 1600M
The Craig Phelan-trained WORTHISWAITNGOLD is second-up here and will be fitter from his first-up at Tauranga where he finished a creditable fifth in BM85 company after drawing the outside gate (10). His condition gave out late but he did finish off well. A top three finisher in three of his five second-up runs, he does drop in grade here and if he is anywhere near his best he will give this a real shake. Watch for improvement in this class.
Result (unplaced)


July 14

TRENTHAM

RACE 6. BLUE STAR PARLIAMENTARY HANDICAP (OPEN) 2200M
Two starts back from a five-month break, CALL ME ROYAL showed enough last start to suggest he will be hard to beat here. Second-up at Hastings he took on open company over 2100m on a heavy track and from near last on the turn, beat home all but Zentangle beaten a length as he dead-heated for second with Trisha Lea. Lisa Allpress returns to the saddle here after steering the six-year-old to four top three finishes from four rides, which include two victories. Third-up here he should strip a lot fitter and looks right in this.
Result (unplaced)

RACE 8. MERCEDES-BENZ WELLINGTON HANDICAP (BM65) 1400M
The team Clotworthy gelding TWO THIRTY has been in consistent form of late without winning. Since a recent freshen-up, he has enjoyed a top three finish in of his last three runs. Last start, he drew gate 12 (of 14) and was never on the track. Caught three-wide the entire trip, jockey Sarah MacNab did all she could from out wide to save ground. He finished stoutly and looked a winning chance until grabbed on the line to finish third beaten less than a length. Drawn much better here in gate five, he should secure a sit much closer to the fence. Michael Coleman is booked to have his first ride on the Fast ‘n’ Famous gelding and will give him every possible chance. He also accepted for the Ruakaka meeting but has since been scratched from there to run here. Three runs back now, he will be ready to pounce on this field.
Result (unplaced)

RUAKAKA

RACE 3. BAY OF ISLANDS ITM (BM85) 1200M
The locally-trained NOT USUAL HEART has come off a three-month spell in top fashion, winning both her starts. First-up she won a BM65 on this course then followed that with another victory, this time at BM75 grade where she put three lengths on her opposition. She is now two from three at the track and trip and has Cameron Lammas remaining in saddle where he is unbeaten with two from two this campaign. She does rise in class here but current form suggests she can step up and be very competitive. The Show A Heart filly is in top form and looks the one to beat again.
Result (3rd)

RACE 6. ITM/GIB WHANGAREI GOLD CUP 2100M
A winner at his last two starts, MAJOR TOM put in a strong performance at this distance last start and will line up here as the hardest to beat again. Second-up this preparation he proved too good over the mile trip at this track. He then backed that up by returning here two weeks later and winning over the 2100m journey. The Red Giant gelding is in great touch and will be even fitter here after three starts back. Chris Johnson jumps aboard for his first ride and although drawn wide, he should find a sit with cover without too much trouble. Watch for him on the turn. He looks the hardest to beat here.
Result (1st - $2.80)


July 7

TE RAPA

Race 4: NZB INSURANCE PEARL SERIES RACE (BM75) 1600M
Third-up from the Team Rogerson stables, PASABAHCE looks ready to win in this company. Last start ran a solid second over 1400m behind Irish Mist. Has a good record over the distance with two wins and four minor placings and will strip fitter here after two runs back. Yet to break through at Te Rapa but the Shocking mare gets her chance here.
Result (1st - $6.40)

Race 7: UNITED CLEANING SERVICES 2100 (BM85) 2100M
The Terry Wenn-trained JOCHEN RINDT is also third-up and his last run suggests he is also ready to show his best. Second-up, He led for some time then was headed mid-race but showed plenty of fight to hold onto second place behind Zanyetta over the 2100m trip last start. He should strip fitter for that and looks stronger than most of these. Sam Spratt returns to the saddle and has had plenty of success in the past with four victories from 11 previous rides. Drawn well in gate five, should be on the pace early and fitter here will be right in the mix.
Result (2nd)


AWAPUNI

Race 5: BONNY GLEN LANDFILL HANDICAP (BM85) 2100M
The Sylvia Kay-trained SYLVESTER gets his chance to atone for finishing second behind Wazuzu (engaged here) last start at Trentham. Both horses went stride for stride in the run home with Wazuzu prevailing by a neck courtesy of a slight weight advantage. That advantage disappears here with Sylvester meeting Wazuzu 4.5kgs better after the claim for Charlotte O’Beirne. He will drop back early, as he does, but with the weight relief will be storming home again and prove hard to beat.
Result (1st - $6.30)

Race 7: NORWOOD FARM MACHINERY CENTRE HANDICAP (OPEN) 1400M
Four starts into this campaign, ROSEWOOD has chalked-up two wins and looks set to add another here. Last start the Redwood mare accounted for open class company over 1500m here on a heavy track. Comes back to 1400m for this but is a four-time winner over the trip already. Yet to miss a top three finish on the track and winning jockey Lisa Allpress remains aboard for this race. Drawn out in gate seven here but will settle back in the small field and be finishing strongly at the finish. The four-year-old mare looks one of the best for the day.
Result (1st - $2.40)

June 30

HASTINGS
Race 9: ANIMAL HEALTH DIRECT (BM75) 1400M
Down in class and up to her preferred distance, it’s hard to go past RED SIERRA here. The Redwood mare has returned to racing in top form and looks set to continue that in this event. First-up after a six-month spell, the four-year-old smashed her opposition in a BM65 over 1350m at Wanganui, winning the event by three lengths on a rain affected track. She then appeared to suffer ‘second-up syndrome’ when finishing third behind Shellez Ace over 1300m in heavy going at Hawera. That effort was however in open company. A drop in grade and a short (7-day) turnaround here will boost her winning chances. Charlotte O’Beirne has been her only rider this preparation and remains aboard. With her 3kg claim it brings the mare charging into calculations, carrying 1kg under the limit at 53kgs. She will be right in this.
Result (1st - $7.20)


Race 10: "STOCKIES" DAY JULY 19 (BM65) 1400M
The Allan Sharrock-trained FIELD OF FIRE ended his last campaign winning his maiden at Woodville over 1400m. He was then spelled and returned with a solid fourth in heavy going (after drawing wide) at Pukekura in BM65 company for the first time. Second-up he drew wide again but finished hard to grab second prize behind Red Sierra (our tip in race 9). Here he meets similar company but after the claim will carry 2kgs under the limit. Yet to win on rain affected tracks but has placed twice. The Swiss Ace gelding finally draws a decent barrier and jumping from the rails gate should secure a boom run from there and prove hard to beat in the run home.
Result (unplaced)


RUAKAKA
Race 7: NORTHPINE WAIPU CUP (OPEN HCP) 1400M
This shapes up as a real battle with so many track and trip lovers lining up against each other. The locally-trained ROCKABYEBABY has a solid resume coming into this and looks hard to toss. After winning her first three in a row last campaign, the well-named Rip Van Winkle mare finished well beaten in open company at Pukekohe with the heavy track clearly not to her liking that day. She was then spelled until the winter this year where first-up she ran an honest race finishing third in BM85 company over 1400m on this track. Four wins and two minor placing from her six starts here should sound alarm bells for her rivals.  Second-up and on her home track, she will prove hard to beat.
Result (2nd)

Race 9: NORTHPINE TIMBER BEAMS AND POSTS (BM75) 2100M
He’s been screaming out for extra ground and gets it here. The locally-trained MAJOR TOM is a true stayer in the making and the four-year-old has certainly made his connections well aware of this. Four starts into his last campaign he saluted over 1600m at Pukekohe, putting four lengths on his BM70 rivals that day. Then, next start, he jumped to 2100m and repeated that effort at Ellerslie. Second-up this preparation, he took care of a BM75 field over the mile on this track in wet conditions and faces similar company here over the 2100m trip. Could we see a case of déjà vu? He is a two-time winner in soft conditions which he gets here and has already won over the journey. He will be there at the finish.
Result (1st - $4.50)


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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