Te Akau Ellerslie Auckland Cup Day Preview

Date: 13 Mar 2022

Te Akau Ellerslie Auckland Cup Day Preview

 

Te Akau Racing has five horses entered on Sunday 13 March at Ellerslie (Auckland Cup Day).

Weather: fine, track: Dead4, rail: out 3.5 metres. No rain forecast.

3:44 p.m. R6 1 Dynastic (2 c Almanzor - Meir) - Johnathan Parkes; debuted with second to stable-mate Grace ‘N' Grey (Spirit of Boom) in 2YO 1100 metres here on Boxing Day, and stretched out beautifully when winning the $1m Karaka Million 2YO (Restricted Listed, 1200m) on 22 January at Ellerslie, becoming the sixth consecutive winner for Te Akau. Freshened, he looked good getting into second at trials on 1 March at Avondale. Drawn the ace, he appears the one to beat in the $240,000 Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m). Fixed odds: $2.00 & $1.10.

3:44 p.m. R6 5 Maven Belle (2 f Burgundy - Doyenne) - Ryan Elliot; looked good beating subsequent Wellesley Stakes (Listed, 1100m) winning stable-mate Hanalei (Darci Brahma) when debuting in a Maiden 2YO 1000 metres on 3 January at Te Aroha, and made it two from two in the 2YO Classic (Gr. 3, 1200m) on Legends Day (12 Feb.) at Te Rapa. Very impressive providing Te Akau with its seventh Matamata Breeders Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m) on 26 February at Matamata, she rates a top three chance in the $240,000 Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m). Fixed odds: $2.30 & $1.10.

3:44 p.m. R6 6 I Choose You (2 f I Am Invincible - Choose) - Michael McNab; took charge beating stable-mate and subsequent winner Grace ‘N' Grey (Spirit of Boom) when debuting in a Maiden 2YO 1100 metres on 27 November at Te Aroha, did well for third off a wide trip in the Eclipse Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m) on 1 January at Ellerslie, and lifted for third to Maven Belle (above) in the Matamata Breeders Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m) on 26 February at Matamata.  She possesses a good record, side winkers are on, she rates a top three prospect in the $240,000 Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m). Fixed odds: $10.00 & $2.00.

4:54 p.m. R8 8 Amarelinha (4 m Savabeel - Hopscotch) - Johnathan Parkes; New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year, she resumed with a notable fourth in the Westbury Classic (Gr. 2, 1400m) on Karaka Million night (22 Jan.) at Ellerslie, and posted the fastest last 600m (34.4) for second in the WFA Classic (Gr. 1, 1600m) on 26 February at Otaki. With a great course record, she rates a top three contender in the $240,000 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m). Fixed odds: $5.00 & $1.50.

5:34 p.m. R9 6 Te Akau Caliburn (7 g Camelot - Enchanted Evening) - Kozzi Asano; made ground from rear in the Avondale Cup (Gr. 2, 2400m) here on 19 February and was okay in an Open 2200 metres last Saturday at Ellerslie. He delivered a top run for sixth in the Wellington Cup (Gr. 3, 3200m) last year and hopefully distance brings out the best in him again in the $500,000 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (Gr. 2, 3200m). Fixed odds: $31.00 & $6.50.

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