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Selections preview for Tauranga and Riccarton
13 Nov 2010 | by Jeff Dore 

 

PREVIEW
 
SATURDAY November 13 2010 from Tauranga and Riccarton
 
Racing Tauranga at Tauranga
Fine and Good2 (2.0 – 2.2)
Rail: True
 
Horses previewed in numerical order
 
Race 7             Three-Year-Old 1400m
 
2 QUEEN OF POP – Jason Collett
She sustained a big finish off a genuine pace to win at Ellerslie over 1200m on Good3 with this rider aboard when second-up from a spell, having resumed with an impressive win at Ruakaka over 1200m on Dead4. It would seem she is stepping to 1400m at an ideal time and from the draw should receive a favourable trip.
 
7 ASTROGAL – Vinnie Colgan
After displaying good pace to lead she dictated terms before sprinting clear under hands and heels for an impressive win at Matamata over 1200m on Good2. On debut in May she found the line solidly for fifth to 1000 Guineas favourite We Can Say It Now, and should prove competitive if able to emulate her previous performance.
 
13 ST BEUNE – Matthew Cameron
Reported to be above average following a trial win with this rider aboard, she stormed home from back in the field for third to Queen Of Pop at Ellerslie on debut after being forced over extra ground towards the finish. If able to do things right from a handy gate she appears to have what it takes to make her presence felt.
 
Canterbury Jockey Club at Riccarton
Premier meeting
Fine and Good3 (2.3 – 2.5)
Rail: True
 
Race 2             Rating 85 1600m
 
3 THE POOKA – Michael Coleman
Back in grade after a solid performance for second to Draconic here on Wednesday over 1400m on Good3, the former winner of the 2000 Guineas on this course seems in the right form to go one better. Stepping to a mile should suit and all he needs is to find a reasonable position from a wide gate in order to threaten.
 
12 CAT WOMAN – Mark Du Plessis
Not disgraced when unsuited by rain-affected footing here last Saturday to finish fifth over 1600m with this rider abaord in a race won by Platinum Princess. She drops back in grade for this assignment over a mile, has impressed winning over a 1600m and importantly she should be able to secure an economical trip.
 
13 PHANTOM STORM – Darryl Bradley
A smart winner resuming from a spell over 1400m on Good3 at Awapuni, he subsequently raced here on Wednesday when finding the line for fourth from the rear off only a steady pace. His dam impressed winning over 1400m and 1600m on good footing, and from barrier two he appears ideally placed to force the issue.

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