SATURDAY December 4 2010 from Ellerslie and Trentham
Auckland Racing Club at Ellerslie
Overcast and Good3 (2.3 – 2.5)
Rail: out 9 metres
Horses previewed in numerical order
Race 3 Restricted Open (2200m)
4 A CHANCE TO DREAM – Leith Innes
At her third start following a spell she produced a solid performance for fifth to Alegrio at Pukekohe over 1600m on Good3. Her three wins have all been recorded in impressive fashion at Ellerslie over 2100 or 2200-metres and stepping to 2200m she should prove competitive from a handy draw if presented ready to act.
5 NIGHTIME JOCKEY – Jason Collett
An impressive winner here on Melbourne Cup Day over 2400m on Good3, he lost two plates as well as being galloped on during the NZ Cup at Riccarton last time. At his only start over the 2200m he won here in April and has the right jockey and draw to make his presence felt.
6 SEAFLYTE – Noel Harris
Unable to see out the 3200-metres after leading in the NZ Cup, he returns to the course that has provided three of his four wins. Three starts ago he won here over 2400m on good footing and he boasts tenacious qualities to threaten in this line-up.
Wellington Racing Club at Trentham
Fine and Dead4 (2.6 – 2.8)
Race 8 Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock Captain Cook Stakes (Group I, WFA) 1600m
7 ALTERED IMAGE – Michael Coleman
After travelling sweetly outside the leader he sprinted to a handy advantage in the straight before bolting in with a terrific effort to win the Gr2 Coupland’s Mile at Riccarton by two-lengths in 1:34.30, for this rider. He resumed three starts ago with an impressive win, ran second to horse of the moment Salvatore in the interim, and from a handy gate has the ability to make his presence felt.
13 ARLINGTON – Trudy Thornton
At his third run back from a spell he finished third to Salvatore at Tauranga over 1600m on Good2, for this rider. Impressive winning the Douro Cup here over a mile in January at his only course attempt, it appears he has been campaigned with this race in mind and from a good he has shown enough ability to be competitive.
18 WE CAN SAY IT NOW – Lisa Allpress
Off a genuine pace she produced a huge performance to win the Gr1 Levin Classic at Otaki over 1600m on Good3 in an excellent time of 1:34.27. An imposing three-year-old filly with an excellent temperament, she is well catered for in the weight-for-age scale with 51-kilograms to carry and with a touch of luck from the draw she can bring a terrific element to what should be a good spectacle.
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