Great to see a decent day at Te Rapa and Riccarton. The preview of all races at Te Rapa and key races from Riccarton can be seen here.
Updates for the Quaddie syndicate will be posted by 2 p.m.
Below are the two races I’ll be previewing on Trackside Radio about 8.35 a.m.
The speed map shows six runners wanting to get out and on the pace or try and lead. That should set up at least an even tempo suiting runners with cosy runs or off the pace.
9.Santa Catarina has looked really good in her two starts and two trial wins. She will be better over more ground but with the strong tempo likely here, that will suit her nicely as her last 100m is the strongest. RP $3.00, $3.20 FF
6.Qiji Express did really well last Saturday 5th 3w in the open on an even tempo and kept closing for third. Drawn better and should get a nice tuck in behind the good speed and Baker/Forsman don’t back them up unless they are 100%.
2.Byzantine beat Santa Catarina last start but got a soft lead and was able to hold out her late charge. He won’t get that same easy time in front this time so $4.20 FF is too short from a wide draw as well.
12.Shipshape is a nice looking filly and didn’t get a lot of room in the straight on debut but did enough to say she can improve off that and 1100m will suit better.
The speed maps shows La Fille En Jeu should get an uncontested lead as others that have taken her on have weakened out.
6.La Fille En Jeu just ran them into the ground hare last start setting an even tempo and showing a real will to win to hold them out. She maps to get the lead again and despite getting up to 57kgs from 53kgs, and as long as the inside is still ok, she can kick on these and be hard to beat again. RP $4.00, $4.50 Ff
16.Zawhip won an R75 over 1400m here two starts back and did very well here last start over 1200m when 4 wide in the open and kept closing for third. She can slot in close to the pace and on 53kgs looks the best of the lighter weighted runners.
7.Johnny Jones looked to have plenty to offer here behind Zawhip but had hordes rump in front all the way to the line. $17 and $5 s FF is nice value.
4.Son Of Maher will appreciate the 1400m but maps to get caught wide unless he hunts to second outer.
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