New Zealand Horse Racing Tips

We have expert betting tips for the cards this Saturday in New Zealand, featuring big meetings from New Plymouth and Wingatui.

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.

Headlining the cards is the Oaks Prelude and the White Robe Lodge Stakes.

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New Plymouth

Race 1. (10:30) Energy Vets Taranaki 3YO (1300m)

#5 – Per Inaway @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet

Per Inaway has had two starts on the track and being a local will do her chances plenty of good.

The Sharrock-trained three-year-old won last time out by a narrow margin and she had to dig deep to score.

Getting the inside draw is ideal and she could get the meeting off to a winning start.

Race 2. (11:05) Ezi Car Rental BM74 (1400m)

#1 – Gold Bracelet @ $3.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet

The Australian trip didn’t go to plan for Gold Bracelet, who finished third at Caulfield but followed it up by beating only three runners home in four subsequent starts.

The five-year-old daughter of Pins looked to have ability when beating Levante at Trentham, who has since won at Group 1 level.

Her form could return back on home soil, so give her another chance.

Race 4. (12:14) Platinum Homes 2YO Classic (1200m)

#5 – Maven Belle @ $2.15 – Bet @ Sportsbet

It pays to follow Te Akau in the juvenile races and Maven Belle was an impressive winner on debut.

The daughter of Burgundy won by 1.8 lengths at Te Aroha as an $18 chance, but she exceeded expectations.

Having Opie Bosson in the saddle is a good enough guide for punters, so take the short odds.

Race 7. (14:00) Fasttrack Oaks Prelude (1800m)

#6 – Miss Ella @ $4 – Bet @ Sportsbet

Miss Ella loomed to win the Karaka Million 3YO, but she got tired late and finished sixth behind Pin Me Up.

The Stephen Marsh-trained filly should be better-suited to this level of racing and rising in distance won’t do her any harm.

Barrier 13 isn’t a big deal over this distance and she could be well-backed on race day.


Race 2. (10:50) John Rosevear Memorial Handicap (1200m)

#5 – Ocean Point @ $2.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet

Ocean Point started her preparation with consecutive wins at Wingatui and Riccarton Park, so she’s a classy type.

Her form since has been solid, including a third placing on this track behind Hasabro, who is the favourite for the feature race.

It’s good form and the $2.50 is being backed, so get in quickly.

Race 4. (12:00) Positive Signs Dunedin Guineas (1500m)

#1 – Ruby’s Lad @ $2.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet

The three-year-old lost no admirers when running second in the Gore Guineas last start, which followed up terrific form.

He owns three wins and two second placings from five starts, so the son of Ghibellines has yet to do anything wrong.

We’re happy to take the $2.80 available.

Race 6. (13:08) Alleviate Dunedin Gold Cup (2400m)

#8 – Savezar @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet

Savezar owns two wins from three starts at Wingatui and her form since arriving in the south has been excellent.

The five-year-old daughter of Savabeel got up in the late stages last start and having winning form on this track is ideal.

Barrier two with only 53kg on her back is a steal.

Race 8. (14:18) White Robe Lodge Stakes (1600m)

#1 – Hasabro @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet

The former Stephen McKee-trained Hasabro has excelled in the south and his win two back at Wingatui is a good form guide.

He is a seven-time winner from 36 starts and we’re not surprised by the weight of money coming for him. Bookmakers opened him at $3.50, so he has taken most of the money.

Hasabro is a good chance to win the feature.

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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.

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