We have expert betting tips for the cards this Saturday in New Zealand, featuring the racing from Rotorua and Hawera.
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. (9:38) Have Your Function Maiden (1400m)
#10 – Trieste @ $5 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Trieste comes from the powerful Te Akau stable and the three-year-old filly could break through for the win.
The daughter of Tivaci comes off a third placing at Matamata and we expect the form out of that race to stack up nicely.
Punters get each-way odds worth taking.
Race 3. (10:44) Vandyk’s Furnishings 3YO (1400m)
#4 – Aris Aris @ $3.10 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Aris Aris is a nice type in the making and she made that clear when winning at Wanganui last time out.
The three-year-old filly by Contributer scored by a half-length and she now owns two wins and two placings from five starts.
We’re happy with the odds available and they could shorten.
Race 5. (11:58) Macmillian Accountants BM74 (1560m)
#2 – Hoard the Bourbon @ $2.50 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
We were disappointed with the effort from Hoard the Bourbon at Pukekohe but he was facing tough opposition.
The three-year-old colt looked much better when winning consecutive races at Matamata and Awapuni and we’re prepared to give him another chance.
Money is coming for him and he could shorten to around $2.20.
Race 6. (12:32) Campbell Rotorua Cup (2200m)
#2 – Sinarahma @ $2.10 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
The seven-year-old mare has been racing against some of the best in New Zealand and holding her own, so we’re not surprised by the odds.
She is a seven-time winner from 33 starts, and despite having never raced at Rotorua, it’s a track that should suit her style.
She likes to get back in the run and work home strongly, which often happens at Rotorua and we’re backing her in.
Race 2. (10:25) New Plymouth Auto Electrician (1200m)
#2 – The Stoney One @ $3.10 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
The Stoney One didn’t fire in a tough race at Ellerslie last start but he will find this much more to his liking.
He is a three-year-old son of Pierro who won at Rotorua three back before placing, so the form checks out and he’s a talented type.
The odds reflect his chances of winning and we’re happy to take them.
Race 4. (11:34) Hirepool Maiden (1400m)
#9 – Mary Louise @ $4 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Mary Louise is on debut for a big betting stable and the early support is a good sign.
The three-year-old filly by The Bold One has looked good at the trials and The Bold One is starting to leave consistent winners.
It could pay to lock in the value odds before she shortens.
Race 6. (12:49) Seaton Park Handicap (1400m)
#4 – Nod of the Head @ $3.80 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Nod of the Head hasn’t been at his best since winning at Otaki, but he gets conditions to suit on Saturday.
The four-year-old gelding is a four-time winner from 13 starts and he runs his best races over this distance.
We’re expecting a bounce back to form and he should get every chance.
Race 8. (13:59) Landmark Homes Handicap (2100m)
#1 – Our Hail Mary @ $3.90 – Bet @ Ladbrokes
Our Hail Mary finished third behind Big Mike last time out and there is little wrong with that form.
The Allan Sharrock-trained mare is a two-time winner at the distance and she handles all track conditions, which look ideal.
Getting 3kg off her back helps and she should go close.
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.