Te Akau Te Rapa & Melbourne Saturday Preview

Date: 3 Sep 2021

Te Akau Te Rapa & Melbourne Saturday Preview

 

Te Akau Racing has 13 horses entered on Saturday 4 September: Te Rapa, and Moonee Valley (Melbourne).

 

Te Rapa:

Weather: fine, track: Slow8, rail: true. No rain forecast.

12.07 p.m. R2 6 Shebringsmerubies (6 m Sebring - Run Away Ruby) - Niranjan Parmar (a4); made ground from back in the Rating 65 2100 metres on 7 August at Ruakaka. Prior to, she produced another genuine performance from the trail for second here in the Rating 65 2100 metres on 10 July. Drawn one, weight relief to 54.5kg, she rates an each-way chance in the $30,000 Rating 65 2100 metres. Fixed odds: $6.00 & $2.30.

12.42 p.m. R3 3 Pure Imagination  (3 c Darci Brahma - Granadilla) - Jonathan Riddell; led on the bridle when winning a trial on 5 August at Cambridge, and debuts in the $15,000 Maiden 3YO 1200 metres. Out of an Encosta de Lago (Fairy King) half-sister to former stable-mate Lilikoi (Charm Spirit), winner of the Eulogy Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m), he should race well with luck from barrier 10. Fixed odds: $7.00 & $2.20.

1.17 p.m. R4 4 Medal (3 g Savabeel - Gold Rocks) - Matt Cameron; found the line without much room when trialling here on 16 August and resumes in the $15,000 Maiden 3YO 1200 metres. He found the line strongly over 1100 metres on debut here in April, and spelled after notable third over 1200 metres in May at Hastings. He has ability to rate a top three chance from barrier one. Fixed odds: $12.00 & $3.50.

1.17 p.m. R4 8 The Perfect Pink  (3 f Savabeel - The Solitaire) - Michael McNab; stretched well for fourth when debuting over 1300 metres in April at Hastings, spelled, and worked home nicely for fourth at the trials here on 16 August. Drawn eight in the $15,000 Maiden 3YO 1200 metres, look for her getting home strongly from off the pace. Fixed odds: $9.00 & $2.90.

1.52 p.m. R5 1 I Wish I Win  (3 g Savabeel - Make A Wish) - Craig Grylls; recorded an easy debut victory over 1200 metres in March at Awapuni, before finishing second to stable-mate On the Bubbles (Brazen Beau) in the Sires' Produce Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m) on the same course in April. Spelled, he showed his quality finishing third at the trials here on 16 August and rates a top three chance from barrier five in the $80,000 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m). Fixed odds: $6.50 & $1.60.

1.52 p.m. R5 5 Imperatriz (3 f I Am Invincible - Berimbau) - Danielle Johnson; made it consecutive wins as a two-year-old in the Eclipse Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m) on 1 January at Ellerslie. Spelled, she won impressively at the trials on 3 August at Ellerslie, and brings strong form to prove very competitive from barrier four in the $80,000 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m). Fixed odds: $1.50 & $1.10.

1.52 p.m. R5 7 Millefiori  (3 f Iffraaj - Miss Bluebell) - Sam Weatherley; recorded two terrific wins before finishing seventh to stable-mate On the Bubbles (Brazen Beau) in the $1m Karaka Million 2YO (Restricted Listed, 1200m). Spelled, she closed late for third when trialling on 3 August at Ellerslie, and ideally drawn (2) to race well in the $80,000 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m). Fixed odds: $13.00 & $2.50.

3.33 p.m. R8 2 Prise De Fer (6 g Savabeel - Foiled) - Troy Harris; spelled in April after finishing second in the Awapuni Gold Cup (Gr. 2, 2000m), and resumes after two preparatory trials. Winner of the Rich Hill Mile (Gr. 2, 1600m) and Taranaki Cup (Gr. 3, 1800m), he finished strongly fresh-up for third to stable-mate and race rival Avantage (Fastnet Rock) in the $110,000 Valachi Downs Foxbridge Plate (Gr. 2, 1200m) here last season and ideally drawn (3) to race well again. Fixed odds: $21.00 & $4.20.

3.33 p.m. R8 9 Avantage  (5 m Fastnet Rock - Asavant) - Danielle Johnson; spelled in April after recording her ninth Group 1 victory in the Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 1, 1600m) at Te Rapa. She did well for third when trialling on testing ground in August at Ellerslie, and set to defend her title in the $110,000 Valachi Downs Foxbridge Plate (Gr. 2, 1200m). She has won three of four course attempts. Fixed odds: $1.70 & $1.15.

3.33 p.m. R8 12 Festivity  (5 m I Am Invincible - Mabsam) - Matt Cameron; spelled in March after notable fourth to stable-mate Entriviere (Tavistock) in the King's Plate (Gr. 3, 1200m) at Ellerslie. Winner of five from eight, she finished solidly to photo-finish for the minors when trialling on 3 August at Ellerslie, and class to mix it in the $110,000 Valachi Downs Foxbridge Plate (Gr. 2, 1200m). Fixed odds: $21.00 & $4.20.

4.08 p.m. R9 13 Noverre  (3 c Savabeel - Magic Dancer) - Danielle Johnson; duly delivered second-up over 1200 metres in February at Wanganui, and spelled after rearing as the gates opened in the Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO Stakes (Listed, 1200m) here in May. Following two preparatory trials, he rates a top three chance fresh-up in the $30,000 Rating 65 1200 metres. Fixed odds: $9.00 & $3.00.

4.43 p.m. R10 6 Shezathinka  (6 m So You Think - Headsup) - Niranjan Parmar (a4); ended her previous campaign in January with solid third here in the Rating 74 1600 metres. She found a good kick against the rail for second when trialling on 3 August at Ellerslie. Placed in both course attempts, weight relief to 56kg, she is capable of bold showing in the $30,000 Rating 74 1400 metres. Fixed odds: $12.00 & $3.60.

 

Moonee Valley:

Weather: showery, track: Good3, rail: true. 30mls rain forecast Friday.

6.10 p.m. (NZ time) R7 9 Kahma Lass (4 m Darci Brahma - Distinctive Lass) - Damian Lane; unleashed a big finish to win convincingly in the New Zealand 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) on 14 November at Riccarton - on a day Jamie Richards trained six winners. She lifted under a hand ride to win nicely when trialling on 3 August at Ellerslie, and resumes in the $160,000 Ladbrokes Chautauqua Stakes (Listed, 1200 metres). The prospect of rain and drawing wide (17) is not ideal, but she is classy.  NZ TAB fixed odds: $21.00 & $6.00.

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