IT’S Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) Day on Tuesday at Te Rapa and an exciting eight race card awaits punters across the ditch.
Some of the runners competing on Tuesday could figure at The Championships and other key Australian fixtures later in the year.
Let’s take a look at which runners we favour.
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Race 1 – Hamilton Cup (2100m)
Ladies First is dropping in class here, which will be pivotal given its recent form at the higher gradings. The horse has not been handling the firmer tracks of late, and will relish the much softer Te Rapa track. Look for an improved performance here.
Race 1 tip: Ladies First to win at Crownbet
Race 2 – Benchmark 75 (2100m)
Sasanof’s Hero drops multiple grades, but after a claim it only gets a small rise in weights, which is a huge benefit here. The horse has won three times and placed a further three from 12 attempts and looms as the winner to us here.
Race 2 tip: Sasanof’s Hero to win at Neds
Race 3 – Benchmark 85 (1400m)
In yet another small field, Enough looks well placed to win. The horse is up in grade but down significantly in weight – 5kg to be exact. The six-year-old resumed nicely at Tauranga at January 19, finishing less than a length and a half off the winner. Should be fitter and better here.
Race 3 tip: Enough to win at Ladbrokes
Race 4 – Benchmark 65 (1400m)
Swissilicious has been in great form over the last three runs and will be right in the mix once again. Ellerslie delivered a great result three starts back in victory, and the last-start second at BM65 grading was great given it was blocked for a run and still managed to finish within half a length of a win.
Race 4 tip: Swissilicious to win at William Hill
Race 5 – Maiden (1400m)
Beauden will relish the step-up in journey and will be looking to go one better following two career second placings. The horse be looking to replicate a run at Te Rapa on January 21 where it was one and a half lengths off the winner over 1200m and we think the additional 200m will be the key here.
Race 5 tip: Beauden to win at Neds
Race 6 – Benchmark 75 (1200m)
Wonder Woman will need to be good from the wide barrier but the last-start win helps make our mind up that it can go back-to-back. The mare put together a just shy of a length win together at Arawa Park on January 17 and we think it can win again, despite the step-up in grading.
Race 6 tip: Wonder Woman to win at William Hill
Race 7 – Waikato Guineas (2000m)
Jimmy Rocket has a horrible gate to contend with but the backmaker will likely drift to the tail end of the field regardless. The gelding has been great in its career to date, placing four times and winning once from five attempts, and we feel in a weak Group 2 race, this horse has rock-solid claims.
Race 7 tip: Jimmy Rocket to win at Crownbet
Race 8 – Benchmark 75 (1600m)
Mission Hill is a terrific prospect after winning three-straight races and was only a nose away on debut from being undefeated over four runs. The horse is a battler and a ratings riser. Back the quartet of wins in.
Race 8 tip: Mission Hill to win at Crownbet