Te Akau Trentham Preview
13 Jan 2018
Te Akau New Zealand has three horses racing on Saturday 13 January at Trentham.
As on Friday 12 January the conditions were: cloudy and Dead6, rail true. 12mls rain forecast race day.
3.58 p.m. R6 3 Chance To Dance (8 g Teofilo – Crystal Ballet) – Opie Bosson; never threatened when resuming off 49 days in the Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (Gr. 1, 2000m) on Boxing Day at Ellerslie, after winning the OMF Stakes (Gr. 3, 2000m) there on Melbourne Cup Day. Tough and professional, winner of two from four since arriving in NZ, he can improve to be more competitive in the $70,000 Mills Reef Trentham Stakes (Gr. 3, 2100m). Fixed odds: $7.00 & $2.45.
4.33 p.m. R7 1 Age of Fire (3 c Fastnet Rock – Dragon’s Tail) – Opie Bosson; staged an herculean effort to steal victory in the 3YO 1400 metres on Boxing Day at Ellerslie, after producing a mighty run for second to stable-mate Embellish (Savabeel) in the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m). Ideally drawn (2) in the $225,000 Levin Classic (Gr. 1, 1600m), he gets another genuine shot at group one spoils and strongly favoured. Fixed odds: $2.80 & $1.30.
5.08 p.m. R8 12 Grazia (5 m Savabeel – Trocair) – Mark Du Plessis; resumed off 48 days with a notable effort for sixth in the Rating 85 1600 metres on 29 December at Ellerslie, running home (35.6) faster than the winner. An impressive stakes winner of the Spring Classic (Listed, 2000m) in October at Riccarton, she has a solid record over a mile, including a win in January last year. Dropping in weight from 58.5kgs to 53.5kgs, with blinkers on, she just requires luck from barrier 13 to measure up in the $70,000 Anniversary Handicap (Gr. 3, 1600m). Fixed odds: $15.00 & $4.20.