LOVERACING.NZ Preview - Riccarton 18 November
The rail remains in the true position here, somewhere it has been all week. The track has played pretty fairly through all of cup week so far and I suspect it will be the same tomorrow. We may see a slight bias to those closer to the speed if any. Currently rated a Soft 6 and with showers forecast today, I am picking we will start the day on a Soft 5 tomorrow. With fine conditions and a small amount of wind forecast Saturday, there is a chance this track could touch a Good 4 through the card.
Race 9 - #5 MARIA FARINA (Each Way)
She was the run of the race on Day 1 here last week. She got back and ran home very strongly against the pattern of the day and her sectionals were exceptional, with a sub 32 second 600m, a sub 22 second 400m and a sub 11 second final furlong. The step up to 1200m for this looks ideal and her second up record is hard to look past (3:2-0-0). She gets in on the minimum for this and at the $5.50/$2.10 she is backable each way.
Race 11 - #3 UAREASTAR (Each Way)
Last years Auckland cup winners, she has had an impressive build up to this. She has to carry the 56.5kg which is arguably a fair weight for a horse with an Auckland cup win in this field. She will relish the step out to 3200m, and the prospect of a firm track will be something the connections welcome here. It’s an open event this year and I am happy to back a proven quality stayer at $6 & $2.30.