Te Akau Ruakaka Saturday Preview

Date: 19 Aug 2022

Te Akau Ruakaka Saturday Preview

 

Te Akau Racing has six horses entered on Saturday 20 August at Ruakaka.

Weather: cloudy, track: Soft6, rail: out 3 metres. 2mls rain forecast Friday, 6mls Saturday.

2:17 p.m. R4 1 Lord Cosmos (3 g Pierro - Cosmic Powers) - Opie Bosson; resumed here three weeks ago running the fastest last 600m (33.7) for fourth in the 3YO 1100 metres, and steps up in the $85,000 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m). He ended his previous campaign in May, quickening home for big win in the Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Te Rapa, running the fastest last 600m (34.4) on the day. Drawn barrier two, he rates a top three chance. Fixed odds: $3.20 & $1.30.

3:23 p.m. R6 1 Fierce Flight (4 g Flying Artie - First Bloom) - Opie Bosson; ran the fastest last 600m (34.8) on a day when dead-heating for first in the Maiden 1600 metres on 20 February at Hastings, and stepped up finishing fourth in the Rating 65 1600 metres on 16 March at Matamata. Spelled, he has trialled twice in preparation to resume in the $30,000 Rating 65 1300 metres. From barrier five, he rates a top four prospect if appreciative of the course at his first attempt - one of two in the event for the stable. Fixed odds: $8.00 & $2.80.

3:23 p.m. R6 4 Rip Van Gogh (5 g Rip Van Winkle - On the Move) - Joe Kamaruddin (a1); recorded his Maiden win over 1300 metres and finished second up in grade over 1200 metres before ending his campaign in March. Spelled, he has also trialled twice in preparation to resume in the $30,000 Rating 65 1300 metres. From barrier two, he has first four claims if he likewise is appreciative of the course at his first attempt. Fixed odds: $12.00 & $3.80.

3:58 p.m. R7 1 Prise De Fer (7 g Savabeel - Foiled) - Tayla Mitchell (a4); was in good form ending his previous campaign winning two of his last three starts, most recently the Canterbury Gold Cup (Gr. 3, 2000m) on 23 April at Riccarton. He circled widest and sustained a big finish for second in a trial on 4 August at Te Rapa, has weight relief to 58kg, and is capable of giving cheek fresh-up from barrier one in the $35,000 Open 1400 metres - a race featuring a Te Akau trio. Fixed odds: $7.00 & $2.30.

3:58 p.m. R7 2 Brando (5 g Savabeel - Saoirse) - Opie Bosson; was in good form ending his previous campaign and finished with a top run for second in the Easter Handicap (Gr. 3, 1600m) on 23 April at Pukekohe. He showed class with a soft trial win on 4 August at Te Rapa, and rates a top three proposition fresh-up from barrier three, despite carrying 60kgs, in the $35,000 Open 1400 metres. Fixed odds: $3.00 & $1.35.

3:58 p.m. R7 4 Markus Aurelius (6 g Ghibellines - Evancho) - Joe Kamaruddin (a1); won the Coupland's Bakeries Mile (Gr. 2, 1600m) during Cup Week last November at Riccarton, and has had two preparatory trials since spelling in February. A winner of seven from 19, he has the ability to act fresh, has drawn barrier five and look for him rounding off solidly in the $35,000 Open 1400 metres. Fixed odds: $11.00 & $3.30.

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