Te Akau Riccarton Thursday Preview

Date: 7 Mar 2024

Te Akau Riccarton Thursday Preview


Te Akau Racing has six horses entered on Thursday 7 March at Riccarton.


Riccarton:

Weather: fine, track: Soft5, rail: out 9 metres. No rain forecast.


1:32 p.m. R2 11 Cool Impact (3 f Staphanos – Cool Storm) – Warren Kennedy; she began smartly to lead, travelled well nearing the home turn, and sustained a good gallop for second in a trial on 8 February at Cambridge (poly track). Debuting in the $18,500 Maiden 1200 metres, her dam Cool Storm (One Cool Cat) won three sprint races including the Newmarket Handicap (Listed, 1200m), but requires luck from the wide draw (13). Fixed odds: $4.20 & $1.80. 

2:07 p.m. R3 2 Stella Splendida (4 m Zoustar – Scintillula) – Warren Kennedy; she pushed through to lead at the 200m before being swamped in the $18,500 Rating 75 1200 metres here on 23 February, and contests the corresponding event. Impressive winning four from six over 1200 metres, she meets the  opportunity to improve further from her handy draw (5) - the first of three stable starters in the event. Fixed odds: $4.50 & $1.80.

2:07 p.m. R3 6 Caravella (4 m Caravaggio – Highland Lights) – Kozzi Asano; she picked up very well for second after being buffeted in the Rating 75 1200 metres on 21 January at Pukekohe, but her rider said her action felt indifferent in the Rating 75 1400 metres on 10 February at Te Rapa. Thoroughly checked, she is fit and well and her form in this campaign has been very good prior.  She receives the chance to reclaim that form from barrier four in the $18,500 Rating 75 1200 metres. Fixed odds: $4.00 & $1.65. 

4:27 p.m. R7 6 Plenty O’ Style (3 g Embellish – Opulent) – Warren Kennedy; he did well offa  three wide trip for third in the Maiden 1600 metres on 18 January and fought well for second after leading in the Maiden 1600 metres on 10 February, both here at Riccarton. He looks a serious top three chance from barrier five in the $18,500 Maiden 1600 metres. Fixed odds: $4.50 & $1.90.

5:37 p.m. R9 1 Bello Mio (4 g Deep Field – Bella Francesca) – Warren Kennedy; he got back from a wide gate (12) and finished off very well for second in the fastest last 600m (33.5) in the Rating 65 1400 metres on 27 January and was then subsequently fourth after being held up in the Rating 65 1400 metres on 23 February, both here at Riccarton. One of two stablemates contesting the $18,500 Rating 65 1400 metres, he looks a serious first three prospect from barrier one. Fixed odds: $4.20 & $1.80.

5:37 p.m. R9 11 Our Milly Bee (4 m Merchant Navy – Rina Bettina) – Joe Doyle; she drew the outside (11) and produced a notable effort for sixth when resuming in the Rating 65 1200 metres here on 23 February. She is suited stepping up in the $18,500 Rating 65 1400 metres, and while she is capable of mixing it, she does require luck from her wide draw (14). Fixed odds: $7.00 & $2.50. 


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