Te Akau Trans Tasman Saturday Preview

Date: 8 Mar 2024

Te Akau Trans Tasman Saturday Preview

Te Akau Racing has eight horses entered on Saturday 9 March: Ellerslie (Auckland Cup Day) and Trentham in New Zealand, and Flemington in Melbourne.


Weather: fine, track: Good4, rail: out 5 metres 1000m – 400m, remainder out 3 metres. No rain forecast. 

2:53 p.m. R5 Captured By Love (2 f Written Tycoon – Moldova) – Warren Kennedy; she resumed with victory on unsuitable heavy ground in the Taranaki 2YO Classic (Gr. 3, 1200m) on 3 February at New Plymouth, and became the ninth Te Akau winner of the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m) with a brilliant performance on 24 February at Matamata. Unbeaten in four starts, a classy filly, she looks a top three prospect in the $450,000 Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m). Fixed odds: $2.80 & $1.25.

Te Akau has won the Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) seven times, including five of the last eight.

5:14 p.m. R9 1 Prise De Fer (8 g Savabeel – Foiled) – Jonathan Riddell; he remained back from a wide draw (17) in the Avondale Cup (Gr. 2, 2400m) here on 17 February, and contests the $500,000 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (Gr. 2, 3200m). He will be retired after this race, and his 11 victories included five stakes' wins, nine stakes' placed seconds, and four thirds, with prize money nearing $950,000. He will farewell his racing career a sound and happy horse - well done Sabre! Fixed odds: $51.00 & $10.00. 

5:14 p.m. R9 7 Fierce Flight (5 g Flying Artie – First Bloom) – Joe Doyle; he ran a top race for second in the Wellington Cup (Gr. 3, 3200m) on 20 January at Trentham, and did very well from back in the field for seventh in the Avondale Cup (Gr. 2, 2400m) here on 17 February. Also contesting the $500,000 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (Gr. 1, 3200m), he comes off the right preparation and is drawn (2) for an economical trip. Fixed odds: $14.00 & $4.20. 


Weather: overcast, track: Soft5, rail: out 6 metres. No rain forecast. 

12:50 p.m. R2 5 Tightly Laced (3 f American Pharoah – Soubrettes) – Ashvin Goindasamy; she has been given time (29 days) since being held up in the 3YO 1200 metres on 9 February at Wanganui, and contests the $40,000 3YO 1000 metres. Effortless winning on debut over 1000 metres, she is a top three prospect from barrier five. Fixed odds: $2.70 & $1.20. 

1:25 p.m. R3 7 I Choose You (4 m I Am Invincible – Choose) – Ashvin Goindasamy; she stretched out well for a close third in a trial on 20 February at Tauranga, and resumes in the $40,000 Rating 75 1100 metres. Impressive when winning, she multiple times stakes' placed, acts well in a fresh state, and presents as a top three chance. Fixed odds: $5.00 & $2.00. 

4:58 p.m. R9 9 Inca Belle (4 m Per Incanto – Belle Vie) – Ashvin Goindasamy; she found the line off a handy trip for fourth in the Rating 75 1200 metres on 16 February at New Plymouth, and contests the $40,000 Rating 75 1400 metres. Racing well, she is a winner over 1400 metres, has the blinkers on, and is certainly capable of a solid performance if she can harness some luck from her wide draw (10). Fixed odds: $4.80 & $2.00.


Weather: fine, track: Good4, rail: out 4 metres. No rain forecast.  NOTE: earlier times due to the race meeting being brought forward due to anticipated temperatures of 38 degrees.

2:45 p.m. (NZ) ~ 12.45 p.m. (Vic) R5 1 Imperatriz (5 m I Am Invincible – Berimbau) – Opie Bosson; she won the A$3 million Champions' Sprint (Gr. 1, 1200m) on 11 November at Flemington, was spelled, and resumed with a victory in the A$1 million Lightning Stakes (Gr. 1, 1000m) here on 17 February. She carries the top weight (58.5kg) in the A$1.5 million Yulong Newmarket Handicap (Gr. 1, 1200m), has drawn barrier three, and while she warrants favouritism, the weight is a major impost as she seeks her 10th Group One win - one of two in the race for the team. NZ TAB fixed odds: $2.40 & $1.35.   

5:05 p.m. (NZ time) R5 13 Skew Wiff (4 m Savabeel – Starvoia) – Celine Gaudray (a); she produced  wicked acceleration to win The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (Gr. 3, 1400m) on Melbourne Cup Day (7 Nov.) at Flemington, before a big run for a close fifth in the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m) on 18 November and Caulfield. She was not far away when resuming in the Oakleigh Plate (Gr. 1, 1100m) on 24 February at Caulfield, and is handily drawn (5) and well weighted to make an impact in the A$1.5 million Yulong Newmarket Handicap (Gr. 1, 1200m). NZ TAB fixed odds: $26.00 & $5.50. 



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