Te Akau Saturday Preview
9 Feb 2019
Te Akau New Zealand has four horses racing on Saturday 9 February: Te Rapa, and Riccarton.
As on Friday 8 February the conditions were: fine and Dead4, rail out 5 metres. No rain forecast.
12.25 p.m. R1 8 Harlow (2 f Proisir – Joan’s Girl) – Matt Cameron; debuts in the $30,000 2YO 1200 metres, sponsored by Te Akau Racing – Three Times Karaka Million Winner. Consistent at the trials with two thirds and a second, patient riding from the outside gate (8) should see her rounding off solidly. Fixed odds: $6.50 & $2.10.
2.10 p.m. R4 5 Savy Yong Blonk (3 f Savabeel – Ampin) – Michael Rodd; followed consecutive wins with a notable midfield finish in the Desert Gold Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m) on 19 January at Trentham, won by race rival Secret Allure (Zacinto), and contests the $100,000 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (Gr. 2, 2000m). Appreciating a step in distance is crucial, and she has the services of a top international rider. Fixed odds: $12.00 & $3.60.
4.30 p.m. R8 8 Melody Belle (4 m Commands – Meleka Belle) – Troy Harris; staged a massive run for third from a wide draw in the Railway (Gr. 1, 1200m) on 1 January at Ellerslie, but never fired in the Telegraph (Gr. 1, 1200m) on 19 January at Trentham. The Karaka Million (Restricted Listed, 1200m) winner and Champion Two-Year-Old of her year, with three Group One victories, she has pleased the rider in work and ideally drawn (2) to bounce back in the $200,000 BCD Group Sprint (Gr. 1, 1400m). Fixed odds: $2.90 & $1.34.
As on Friday 8 February the conditions were: fine and Good3, rail true. No rain forecast.
1.50 p.m. R3 5 Vino Bella (2 f Burgundy – Pinstinct) – Dylan Turner; followed second at the trials on 8 January at Cambridge, finishing close up in third here on 26 January in the NZB Pearl Series 2YO 800 metres. Drawn barrier six in the $22,500 NZB Pearl Series 2YO 1000 metres (eligible $8,000 bonus), she strikes a similar field, including the two that finished ahead of her last time, and rates an each way chance. Fixed odds: $4.40 & $1.60.