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Low-key race day at Tauherenīkau

A relaxing Sunday afternoon at the races. That’s how tomorrow’s seven-race card at Tauherenīkau is shaping up.

The meeting was picked up by the Wairarapa Racing Club, with Awapuni being closed for major renovations, and general manager Matthew Sherry is thrilled to host the extra meeting.

“It’s coming together nicely; the track is s Soft 6, there’s a little bit of rain forecast, but I don’t think we’ll get it and the track is looking good,” Sherry said.

The feature races are a rating 75 over 2050m and a Pearl Series Maiden over 1600m, disappointingly though three races have attracted only seven horses.

There is free entry to the course, and the first race leaves the starting gates at 1.17 pm.

Now, let’s see if I can tip out a winner or two for you.

Race 1 – What better way to kick start the day than with the topweight Kick Start in the rating 60 over 1400m? Media Miss has to be the omen for someone who works in the industry, and Richter could give this a shake at long odds.

Race 2 – Sweet Envy was unlucky last start after a brave second in the previous race. Rozel was a fair fourth at Counties and has been placed on the course before.

Race 3 – Number one, Dealornodeal looks to hold the right cards to take this out, and sticking with the media omen theme, chuck in First Edition as the roughie.

Race 4 – Energize brings winning form from Taupo and should just keep going, going, and going. Havarti has won and placed on the course and will likely be a major player.

Race 5 – Pacifico stands out in the worst field of the day, or just close your eyes and point and try your luck on the one where your finger lands.

Race 6 – Ruby Rocks is the only Wairarapa trained horse entered on the day and will start one of the favourites after easily winning the Wairarapa Cup on Waitangi Day. Wairoa Cup winner Whangaehu could be her biggest threat.

Race 7 – No Bizz brings a run of three seconds into the lucky last including two placings on the course, or maybe you just Call A Friend to Justify That.

Good luck and good punting

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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