Firstly, I want to say thank you to those people who have supported this site for the last three months. It has certainly been an up and down ride. I’ve learnt quite a bit about Australian racing. One of the most frustrating aspects of it is the fragmented access to race replays. You have to go to various sites to see replays of races so to have all replays on one New Zealand site, for all New Zealand racing, is certainly one thing I am looking forward to getting back to. Australia has much more information available to punters with their vast amount of sectional data and all sorts of ratings. But now, Australian racing will taking a back seat as I’m going to be throwing myself into all New Zealand racing, including previews and reviews of all New Zealand racing. With less meetings being held, I will have more time to do South Island race meetings.
Pukekohe is likely to have ten races with maximum sized fields. The forecast suggests it will be a slow to heavy track. I’ll be posting an early preview by Thursday night if bookies have odds up on some races.
Plus I will be going to many more North Island meetings and doing pre-race comments for subscribers on horses that look ready to win or lose, as well as comments from trainers and riders. Over the first six weeks or so, it will be advantage bookies with all runners having their first or second starts back after the enforced spell. Some horses will have residual race fitness from racing just before lockdown. The trials will be our biggest clue as to how ready a horse is to win and I’ll be updating the Te Rapa trials review by tonight. Now updated here with many ready to fire up over the next couple of weeks.
We have $5866 in the Quaddie syndicate to spend over the next two weeks. We came close to scoring a decent one at The Valley on Saturday having the field going in the last leg for 50% and a good roughie got run down late. There was a bit of controversy about excess use of the whip in the dead heat race which I’ll comment on during the week. And yes, I did feel sick after In Good Time got up paying $60 in the first leg at Eagle Farm. It rated several lengths below the others but I did consider it as it was third up, but you can’t take them all. As it turned out we would have missed on Gaulois.
A couple of nice dog winners at Manukau yesterday finished the week on a positive note.
The preview of Wednesday will be posted by 11 a.m. with an update by 1 p.m.
And don’t forget there will be free access to the Formpro Greyhound ratings tomorrow.