NEW Zealand’s televised meeting in Australia comes from Omakau as the sleepy Central Otago town hosts a nine race card.
Alexandra New World Gold Cup is the feature event of the day, but there are plenty of other races on, and we have the entire meet covered for form and tips.
Let’s get stuck in.
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Race 1 – Maiden (1100m)
Anzac Coup is unlucky to still be a maiden and should get out of the grade here. The horse is drawn well and we think it can draw upon the last-start placing at Kurow.
Race 1 tip: Anzac Coup to win at William Hill
Race 2 – Maiden (1400m)
Pulau Pinang needs to improvement but has the ability to do so. The son of Gallant Guru looks to be a class operator, but the horse really needs to learn how to put it all together. We think the penny may drop on Wednesday.
Race 2 tip: Pulau Pinang to win at Neds
Race 3 – Maiden (1400m)
In a very weak maiden Czechoslovakia stands out the most. The horse rounded out the first four last start at Timaru on December 28 and will improve on that debut run.
Race 3 tip: Czechoslovakia to win at Neds
Race 4 – Benchmark 75 (1400m)
Accidental Offside is a speedy beginner which should surge to the front from barrier seven. From there we think it will do enough to hold on from the head of affairs.
Race 4 tip: Accidental Offside to win at Sportsbet
Race 5 – Benchmark 65 (2000m)
Blue Flag has finished third twice in the last three races and is more than capable of winning here. The versatile galloper has not won in some time but gets the perfect opportunity to get back into the winner’s stall.
Race 5 tip: Blue Flag to win at William Hill
Race 6 – Benchmark 85 (2000m)
Teddytwinkletoes won last time out at benchmark 65 level and looks to be a good winning chance in a smaller field. The horse is rock bottom in the weights which will help and it has won over this distance in the past.
Race 6 tip: Teddytwinkletoes to win at Crownbet
Race 7 – Maiden (2000m)
Riding High missed out by just over two lengths last time out at Wingatui and we think it will learn a lot from that. The horse ran wide and had no luck. We think it will benefit from that experience and with a slice of luck from barrier nine it should slot in and win this.
Race 7 tip: Riding High to win at Neds
Race 8 – Alexandra New World Gold Cup (1400m)
Timy Tyler will benefit from its 3kg claim here. The horse had been racing in decent form, but getting some relief on the top elects will prove vital here. The seven-year-old son of No Excuse Needed will benefit from softer ground and looms as a winning home.
Race 8 tip: Timy Tyler to win at Crownbet
Race 9 – Benchmark 65 (1400m)
Prince Ransom has drawn well and can win this. Last time out the horse rounded out the first four, and the benchmark 65 grade seems to be its level. We think it will finish the day off in winning style for HB followers.
Race 9 tip: Prince Ransom to win at Neds