Te Akau Matamata Friday Preview

Date: 16 Apr 2021

Te Akau Matamata Friday Preview


Te Akau Racing has six horses entered on Friday 16 April at Matamata.

Weather: fine, track: Slow9, rail: true. Showers forecast.


12.15 p.m. R1 5 Feelin' Fancy (4 m Rip Van Winkle - Frivolous) - Danielle Johnson; gave the rider her 1000thcareer win in February at Te Aroha, coming from second last to score in the Maiden 1400 metres, and stepped in grade finishing second in the Rating 65 1600 metres on 10 March at Otaki. Given time (37 days), she rates a top three chance in the $15,000 Fasttrack Insurance Rating 65 1600 metres.

12.50 p.m. R2 11 Illusion of Paris (3 f Pure Champion - Phantom of Paris) - Danielle Johnson; raced well for second and third, respectively, before contesting the Royal Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m) on 1 January at Ellerslie. She was solid finishing fifth here on Slow8 in the Maiden 1400 metres on 31 March, and rates a top three chance despite drawing wide (16) in the $10,000 Maiden 1600 metres.

1.25 p.m. R3 6 Felicienne (3 f Savabeel - Flavigny) - Michael McNab; finished third, second, fourth, respectively, during three starts in her first campaign and ran the fastest last 600m (34.9) for second here on Slow8 in the Maiden 1200 metres on 31 March. She rates a top three chance in the $10,000 NZB Insurance Pearl Series Maiden Fillies & Mares 1400 metres (eligible $11,500 bonus).

3.45 p.m. R7 8 Secret Amour (4 m Niagara - My Secret) - Danielle Johnson; had a very good first campaign, scoring an authoritative win over 1400 metres and included three seconds at Ellerslie. She quickened well to win when resuming in the Rating 65 1200 metres on 27 March at Tauranga, and rates a top three chance from barrier four in the $16,000 Trac Bar/Fasttrack $5k bonus Rating 74 1400 metres.

4.20 p.m. R8 2 Leaderboard (6 g Street Cry - Flower Fairy) - Troy Harris; continued good form with a solid fifth in the Rating 74 1600 metres on Easter Saturday (3 April) at Awapuni, and steps up in the $11,000 Rating 74 2000 metres. A three-time winner to 2400m, he rates a top three chance.

4.20 p.m. R8 10 Zouluminous (4 m Zoustar - Luminous Harmony) - Danielle Johnson; finished third to stable-mate Military Step (Tavistock) in the South Waikato Cup (Open, 2000m) here on 17 March, and got through late for third when trialling on 6 April at Ellerslie. She rates a top three chance in the $11,000 Rating 74 2000 metres if appreciative of the footing.


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