Te Akau Ellerslie New Year's Day Preview

Date: 31 Dec 2021

Te Akau Ellerslie New Year's Day Preview

 

Te Akau Racing has six horses entered on 1 January at Ellerslie.

Weather: fine, track: Dead5, rail: out 3 metres. No rain forecast.

 

1:32 p.m. R3 7 I Choose You  (2 f I Am Invincible - Choose) - Opie Bosson; found another gear for a strong trial win, before taking charge to beat 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. Given time (35 days), she rates a top three prospect in the $120,000 First Global Logistics Eclipse Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m) - a race won in 2021 by stablemate Imperatriz.. Fixed odds: $2.40 & $1.10.

2:43 p.m. R5 8 Outfit  (3 f Tivaci - Costume) - Opie Bosson; continued good form when running the fastest last 600m (35.8) for a close third in a Maiden 1400 metres on 4 December at Matamata, and then quickly ascended when winning a Maiden 1600 metres on 18 December at Te Rapa. Up in class for $120,000 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m), her dam impressed winning the Herbie Dyke Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m), and she can deliver a top three finish with luck from the awkward draw (13) - the first of a stable trio. Fixed odds: $6.00 & $2.30.

2:43 p.m. R5 9 Self Obsession  (3 f Shocking - Mawaakib) - Michael McNab; worked up outside the leader before finishing third in a Maiden 1400 metres on debut and sustained an increasingly strong gallop to easily win a Maiden 1600 metres on 10 December, both at Tauranga. She also steps up in class for the $120,000 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m), is expected to go forward and could well lead the field a merry dance. Fixed odds: $6.00 & $2.30.

2:43 p.m. R5 13 Trieste  (3 f Tivaci - Domani Oro) - Craig Grylls; bravely chased home Self Obsession (above) for second in the Maiden 1600 metres on 10 December at Tauranga. She is another who rises in class for the $120,000 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m), but she can prove competitive with a decent trip from tricky barrier 10. Fixed odds: $26.00 & $6.00.

4:30 p.m. R8 3 Entriviere  (5 m Tavistock - Marcey's Belt) - Opie Bosson; won the Concorde Handicap (Gr. 3, 1200m) and King's Plate (Gr. 3, 1200m) here last season, then won the Coolmore Sheraco Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m), was second in the Golden Pendant (Gr.2, 1400m), and fourth in the $2m The Invitation (1400m), during a successful spring campaign in Sydney. She won easily when trialing on 13 December at Rotorua and was fine in an exhibition gallop on 23 December at Matamata. She is unbeaten in three course attempts and is a strong chance to defend stablemate Avantage's 2021 $240,000 Sistema Railway (Gr. 1, 1200m) crown. Fixed odds: $1.90 & $1.10.

5:10 p.m. R9 7 Mai Tai  (5 m Atlante - Tropical Punch) - Ashvin Goindasamy; worked home solidly without threatening in the Cal Isuzu Stakes (Gr. 2, 1600m) on 11 December at Te Rapa, and contests the $120,000 Rich Hill Mile (Gr. 2, 1600m). She won the Stella Artois Championship Final (Special Conditions, 1500m) here on Boxing Day last year, is a competitive mare, but she requires luck from her difficult gate (14). Fixed odds: $15.00 & $3.80.

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