IT’S Marton Cup day at Awapuni this Saturday where the talented Gobstopper looks tough to beat in the feature.
The Tavistock x. Bagalollies stayer looks like one of New Zealand’s most promising distance types and we’re excited about the feature and every other race on the card this Saturday.
We have free tips, form and updated odds for all eight races on the premier New Zealand card.
Race 1 – BM85 Handicap (1550m)
Call Me Royal hasn’t won since last campaign, but it usually needs time and having had four runs back in this preparation is ideal. The six-year-old has a good winning record and that could continue here.
Race 1 tip: Call Me Royal to win at CrownBet.com.au
Race 2 – BM85 Handicap (1200m)
Gift of Power was scratched from Thames on Thursday and it looks a great chance here. The Rogerson-trained runner has won six of her nine starts and the light weight with Chris Johnson in the saddle is going to make her tough to beat.
Race 2 tip: Gift of Power to win at CrownBet.com.au
Race 3 – 3YO Handicap (1300m)
The form behind Smokin’ Oak has been great this preparation and it could continue winning. The John Bary-trained gelding scored a quality win at Trentham and the inside draw is going to help him to settle on the speed again and kick strongly.
Race 3 tip: Smokin’ Oak to win at Sportsbet.com.au
Race 4 – BM75 Handicap (1400m)
Fibonacci is a strong type which hasn’t lived up to its potential this campaign, but that could all change here. The four-year-old was winner in rating 65 grade at Hastings in April and it has battled since, but expect improvement now.
Race 4 tip: Fibonacci to win at Neds.com.au
Race 5 – Open Handicap (1400m)
Scapolo hasn’t received the best of rides this campaign, but punters should still see a competitive effort here. The Kevin Myers-trained eight-year-old continues to run well at high levels and the big weight won’t worry the slick sprinter.
Race 5 tip: Scapolo to win at CrownBet.com.au
Race 6 – BM65 Handicap (1550m)
The Mayor scored by 1.8 lengths on debut at Matamata and connections are clearly confident with the Rock ‘n’ Pop gelding. Australian rider Jake Bayliss takes the ride and it looks to possess better than average ability.
Race 6 tip: The Mayor to win at WilliamHill.com.au
Race 7 – Marton Cup (2100m)
Gobstopper was one of the better Kiwi stayers last year and its win in the New Zealand Cup was quality. This distance is short of its best, but the well-bred stayer could lead them a merry dance here.
Race 7 tip: Gobstopper to win at Neds.com.au
Race 8 – BM75 Handicap (2100m)
Duplicity is shooting for its third straight win and the apprentice claim is going to help. It’s facing some stiff competition here, but the value will be with the five-year-old.
Race 8 tip: Duplicity to place at Neds.com.au