THE New Zealand Cup and Show Week is in full swing and Wednesday’s Group Two Coupland’s Mile is the headline event of a huge 11 race card at Riccarton.
There are plenty of big names running around on Wednesday in the country’s south as the carnival hits the mid-way point.
We have free tips, form and odds for every race at Riccarton this Wednesday, including the group two feature.
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Race 1 – One Good Horse At Avonhead Maiden (1200m)
Aquazurra is third up and hunting its first win after just missing out at Motukarara at the start of the month behind the impressive looking Starmaker. The filly has a wide gate to contend with but the form coming out of the last start looks sound.
Free And Easy is another third up horse that has great form leading into the opening race on Coupland’s Mile Day. In the mare’s opening two career runs, the four-year-old has not finished beyond a length of the eventual winner, and was only just nosed out on November 2 at Gore. We are backing the in-form runner to break through at the third time of asking.
Race 1 tip: Free And Easy to win at Neds
Race 2 – Maiden (1600m)
There is not a lot of form around the runners in the second race on the Riccarton card, but Shangold looks to be the best of the lot running around on Wednesday. The gelding has placed twice from seven attempts, and the horse’s last-start fourth was encouraging given it only finished half a length off the winner.
Macario is another runner that has placed twice in its career across 11 runs. This is the horse’s second attempt over the 1600m journey, where it has previously placed in the past. Looks to be the next best in the field behind Shangold.
Race 2 tip: Shangold to win at Unibet
Race 3 – Handicap (2000m)
Patrick Erin is a brilliant horse that, more often than not, wins races. From its 17 start career, the gelding has recorded eight wins, and placed a further seven times. A win on Wednesday will see the six-year-old record its fifth win from six attempts.
Come Fly With Me is seeking a third straight win after recording two impressive wins exactly one month ago. The seven-year-old returns after a short break and will be seeking to continue the great form. The horse returns to a distance where it has won three times and placed a further two times across 11 starts.
Race 3 tip: Patrick Erin to win at Sportsbet
Race 4 – NZB Ready To Run Sale 3YO (1400m)
Top-weight Platinum Volos is hunting a third win from four starts. After breaking the maiden, the gelding only just missed out by Taupo by a neat length before going on to record a comfortable win at the end of October. The horse received a short let up and will be raring to go.
Starmarker looks to be a progressive filly after placing on debut before taking out a smart maiden at Motukarara at the beginning of the month. Both runs were impressive and we believe if everything goes to plan from gate three the horse can take this race out.
Race 4 tip: Platinum Volos to win at Ladbrokes
Race 5 – Benchmark 85 (1400m)
It took awhile for the penny to drop for Tabard, but once it did the horse has become a dynamo. In its last six races it has won five times and missed out by under a length. the four-year-old goes in as the clear horse to beat and has the ability to advance past the benchmark grading.
King Pin is hunting more success this preparation after a second placing and a win. The horse doesn’t normally win out of turn, but the form it has displayed since returning in mid-October suggests it can win again.
We are siding with Tabard, which is our best bet of the day on the Riccarton card.
Race 5 tip: Tabard to win at William Hill