Te Akau Ruakaka Thursday Preview

Date: 7 Jan 2021















Te Akau New Zealand has six horses racing on Thursday 7 January at Ruakaka.





Weather: fine, track: Dead5, rail: true. No rain forecast.









1.02 p.m. R2 2 Exaltation  (4 m Not A Single Doubt - Meleka Belle) - Samantha Collett; ran home from last in equal fastest last 600m (33.7) on the day for second when resuming in the $11,000 Rating 74 1200 metres on 16 December at Pukekohe, and contests the corresponding event. A half-sister to stable-mate and dual Horse of the Year Melody Belle (Commands), winner of 12 Group 1 races, she has impressed winning twice and could again arrive strongly from off the pace.





2.14 p.m. R4 10 Holyhead  (3 f Pierro - Irish Sea) - Samantha Collett; was swamped late after contesting a genuine pace on debut in the Pearl Series Maiden 1200 metres on 16 December at Pukekohe, and contests the $10,000 Maiden 1200 metres. She easily won a trial off the front prior, has speed to negate a wide draw (12), and rates a top three chance.





2.48 p.m. R5 9 Speed of Light (3 f Proisir - Light Source) - Samantha Collett; finished strongly for sixth when debuting in the Maiden 3YO 1215 metres on 2 December at Rotorua, and notable finishing third in the Maiden 1400 metres on 23 December at Matamata. She rates an each-way chance in the $10,000 Maiden 3YO 1400 metres.





4.36 p.m. R8 5 Scottish Star  (5 m Bullbars - Highland Lights) - Shaun McKay; closed the margin after being shuffled back to last when resuming in the Rating 65 1215 metres on 2 December at Rotorua, and solid running fifth to stable-mate Campionessa (Contributer) in good time for the Rating 65 1400 metres on 23 December at Matamata - a race in which trainer Jamie Richards saddled the trifecta. She rates a top three chance in the $10,000 Rating 65 1400 metres.





4.36 p.m. R8 8 Reiko  (4 m Reliable Man - Lady Eiko) - Craig Grylls; tracked through strongly near the rail for third, running fastest last 600m (34) on the day, to stable-mate Campionessa (Contributer) in same race as Scottish Star (above). Consistent and capable, she rates a top three chance with luck from barrier nine in the $10,000 Rating 65 1400 metres.





5.13 p.m. R9 3 Baby Shark (4 g Rip Van Winkle - Bak Da Chief) - Craig Grylls; not far away when finishing solidly fresh-up in the Maiden 1400 metres on 16 December at Pukekohe, and steps up in the $10,000 Maiden 1600 metres. A brother to dual Group 1 winner Te Akau Shark (Rip Van Winkle), he could show further improvement with the right trip from barrier nine. 


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