We have expert betting tips for the cards this Saturday in New Zealand, featuring the racing from Te Rapa and Trentham.
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. (9:07) Taumarunui Maiden Hurdle (2800m)
#2 – Botti @ $2 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Botti is looking to cap off three consecutive third placings with a win and this race is there for the taking.
The Kevin Myers-trained six-year-old wasn’t too far away from them last start and we’re not surprised by the solid betting action.
Take the $2 before he firms to around $1.75.
Race 3. (10:15) Fairview Motors Waikato Hurdle (3200m)
#3 – Dr Hank @ $3.30 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
The eight-year-old gelding owns three wins and two placings from five jumping starts and he could add to his impressive record.
He comes off two solid flat runs where he was just behind the winners, so that bodes well going over the hurdles.
The odds are surprising and we thought he would be around the $2.20 mark.
Race 6. (12:02) Signature Homes Waikato Steeplechase (3900m)
#1 – Magic Wonder @ $4 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Magic Wonder has been mixing his form lately but her most recent jumping race was a second placing behind No Tip.
The nine-year-old mare is a five-time winner over the jumps and there has been solid betting support at each-way odds, which is ideal.
We expect her form to improve and this is an ideal race.
Race 8. (13:12) Matost 60th Celebration Handicap (1200m)
#11 – Swiss Kitty @ $2.80 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Swiss Kitty comes off a win at Te Rapa and it came by four lengths, so we like his chances of winning again.
The four-year-old son of Swiss Ace owns two wins and three placings from five starts at Te Rapa, so he’s a course specialist.
Getting the inside draw with 54kg on his back should see him go close.
Race 3. (11:14) Vernon & Vazey Truck Parts Handicap (2200m)
#5 – Lurid @ $2.50 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Lurid scored at Trentham two starts back in heavy conditions and he gets similar track conditions on Saturday.
The Lisa Latta-trained four-year-old followed it up with a second placing behind Prince Leo and he looks the toughest to beat.
His opening odds of $2.60 were taken and he could continue to shorten.
Race 4. (11:52) Devan Plastics BM74 (1200m)
#1 – Ringthebelledarci @ $4.50 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Ringthebelledarci scored a win at Hawera last start and he looks like a type that could rise through the grades.
The five-year-old son of Darci Brahma won by a length at double-figure odds and drawing wide shouldn’t be an issue on this track.
We’re happy with the $4.50 and he gets 2kg off his back to help with the weight.
Race 6. (13:02) Trentham Gold Cup BM65 (1400m)
#2 – Hooter @ $4.20 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Hooter was unlucky not to score an overdue win at Trentham last start and we’re sticking with the six-year-old.
The son of Redwood went down by only a nose and he now owns two placings from two starts at Trentham, so he could improve on those finishes.
Having Lisa Allpress in the saddle helps so include him.
Race 6. (13:37) Platinum Homes Taranaki BM74 (1600m)
#5 – Pull No Punches @ $3.80 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Pull No Punches is never too far way from the prize with two wins and six placings from 11 starts.
The four-year-old son of Burgundy won his only start at Trentham and it’s another good ride for Allpress, who could have a big day.
Barrier four is ideal and we like the odds available.
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.