We have expert betting tips for the cards this Saturday in New Zealand, featuring the racing from Ruakaka and Riccarton.
There is plenty of value available with bookmakers at the New Zealand meetings they usually kick off early, so it’s a quality entrée to the Australian gallops.
New Zealand horse racing tips
Race 1. (9:16) Greg Thorp Blasting Maiden (1600m)
#8 – Kaimai Queen @ $2.20 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Kaimai Queen has been well-backed to score after three consecutive third placings.
The five-year-old mare owns five placings from 10 starts and it’s only a matter of time before she breaks through for the victory.
Getting 3kg off her back helps and she should be right in contention.
Race 3. (10:20) Harcourts Series BM75 (1600m)
#1 – Chevron @ $2 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
We didn’t like the way Chevron was ridden last start so we’re prepared to forgive the five-year-old gelding.
The son of El Roca went too hard in front before puncturing in the straight, which was hardly surprising. His two wins prior were much better and we expect that form to show up.
The $2 odds are short but he demands attention.
Race 6. (12:06) Alibaba’s Flying Carpets Maiden (1200m)
#6 – Silverina @ $3 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Getting close to a win is Silverina, who ran third on debut at Avondale before improving that result when running second at Matamata.
The Shane Crawford-trained mare was a narrow margin behind the winner and she gets all favours from barrier two, so punters should be confident.
We expect the $3 to firm to around $2.30 on race day.
Race 8. (1:13) Alibaba’s Flying Carpets Kerikeri Cup (1100m)
#2 – Imperatriz @ $1.90 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
The Group 1 horses headline the feature race and Imperatriz is a smart four-year-old in the making.
The daughter of I Am Invincible won three consecutive races to end her last preparation, including beating Coventina Bay by five lengths.
That’s an exceptional performance and with seven wins from 10 starts, she’s the class act in this race.
Race 2. (10:36) Gavelhouse Lots Close 3YO (1200m)
#3 – Shazza @ $2.80 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Shazza didn’t show much in her first three runs but she turned it around with a 3.5-length win last time out.
There are some unknowns in this field but having winning form on the board helps and she gets a valuable 4kg claimer in the saddle.
It could pay to watch for any late betting moves.
Race 4. (11:44) Stallion Tender Open Handicap (1200m)
#2 – Louie Louie @ $2.70 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Louie Louie looked good when winning consecutive races earlier this preparation and he is a past winner at Riccarton.
The seven-year-old is a six-time winner from 20 starts and he got back to his best form last start when running second.
Drawing barrier one should give him every chance to sit handy and kick.
Race 5. (12:19) Winter Fashions Here August BM65 (1200m)
#2 – Make Time @ $3.30 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Make Time is a former northern runner who is getting close to winning after posting consecutive placings.
The former Stephen McKee-trained runner ran second at Trentham two back and third at Hastings last start, so that form bodes well for racing at Riccarton.
Getting 4kg off his back helps and we fancy his chances.
Race 6. (12:54) Gold Club BM75 (1800m)
#3 – Burnvue @ $4.80 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Burnvue has found form at the right time after back-to-back wins at Riccarton and Ashburton, so he’s worth following.
The Lance Robinson-trained seven-year-old owns two wins at Riccarton and he’s a perfect three-from-three with Lee Callaway in the saddle.
Punters get each-way odds to enjoy.
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.