Te Akau Trans Tasman Friday Preview

Date: 24 May 2024

Te Akau Trans Tasman Friday Preview

Te Akau Racing has four horses entered on Friday 24 May at Wingatui, New Zealand, and Geelong and Cranbourne in Victoria.


Weather: overcast, track: Soft6, rail: out 6 metres 1400m – 400m, cutaway rail in use. 2mls rain forecast Friday.

12:22 p.m. R2 3 Kith ‘n’ Kin (4 m Almanzor – Kindred) – Warren Kennedy; she got back on the inner and was held up late when close fourth in the Rating 75 1200 metres on 4 May at Riccarton, and contests the $17,000 Rating 75 1200 metres. A dual course/distance winner, most recently in the Rating 75 1200 metres on 17 March, she rates a top three prospect in a small field. 

4:16 p.m. R9 1 Sailing Away (3 g Merchant Navy – Anchovy) – Warren Kennedy; he received an inside passage to win the Maiden 1400 metres on 20 April, and finished solidly from handy position for third in the Rating 65 1600 metres on 4 May, both at Riccarton. Continuing to improve with racing, he rates a top three chance if appreciative of the course at his first attempt. 


Weather: fine, track: Soft5, rail: out 8 metres 1700m – 800m, remainder out 10 metres. No rain forecast. 

6:30 p.m. (NZ) ~ 4:30 p.m. (Vic) R8 7 Hinata (3 f Not A Single Doubt – Diana’s Star) – Luke Cartwright (a3); she dashed home to win stylishly when having her first start for Te Akau Australia trainer Mark Walker in the Maiden 1000 metres on 24 March at Bairnsdale (Victoria), but was not the same up in grade for the Benchmark 64 Fillies & Mares 1100 metres on 24 April at Bendigo. Given time (30 days), she has weight relief to 56.5kg but requires luck from her wide draw (14) in the A$27,000 Benchmark 58 1143 metres. ?

Cranbourne (night): 

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

9:45 p.m. (NZ) ~ 7:45 p.m. (Vic) R6 7 Prismatic (5 g Savabeel – Kaleidoscope) – Jake Noonan; he produced a solid performance for fourth in the Benchmark 84 2500 metres on 25 April at Flemington, and sustained a good finish for fifth in the Benchmark 64 2400 metres on 8 May at Sandown. Contesting the A$75,000 Benchmark 70 2080 metres, he has a strong rider aboard and is ideally drawn (2). NZ TAB fixed odds: $8.50 & $2.50.  


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