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Message: I see there has been heavy support for Zarzuela on fixed odds, backed in from $4.00 to $2.50.
I've been hugely impressed by A Chance To Dream in her recent runs and at $6.00 I'm picking her. Her connections are concerned about how she goes left handed which is about the only query I can find with her. She simply smashed a very good field last start-few horses can sit back on a slow pace against that class of opposition and still win running away by four lengths.
Of the roughies Platnium Princess didn't have much luck last start and is a strong finisher suited to this course and distance.
Over in Sydney I'm very interested in how Shamardashing goes-three weeks to Derby makes me wonder if he's going there or perhaps for the Packer Plate then back to Queensland.
R8 WELLFIELD NEW ZEALAND OAKS (GROUP I) 3YOF SW $300000 2400m Starts 4:22pm 1 21114 Zarzuela (1) Mark Walker James McDonald (a) 56 (R86) C(0) Dst(1-0-0) Won three in a row impressively. Not disgraced in Derby when fourth. Respect 2 20113 Eileen Dubh (4) Francis Finnegan Jonathan Riddell 56 (R85) C(1-0-1) Dst(0) Levin Classic winner. Sparingly raced since. Second Ellerslie but relegated. 3 12176 Adaline (12) Stephen McKee Leith Innes 56 (R82) C(1-0-0) Dst(0) Won Royal Stakes. Close up Desert Gold. Ellerslie run better than it looked. 4 12192 Keep The Peace (19) Shaune Ritchie Opie Bosson 56 (R82) C(2-2-0) Dst(0) Easy winner of Desert Gold. No luck at Waikato. Runner up Lowland. Big hope. 5 22911 A Chance To Dream (10) John Sargent Mark Du Plessis 56 (R80) C(1-0-0) Dst(0) Has burst into calculations with two easy wins at Ellerslie. Each way hope. 6 11322 November Rain (2) Richard Collett Michael Walker 56 (R78) C(1-0-1) Dst(0) Runner up in Sir Tristram & then at Ellerslie. Drawn well. Major player here 7 18561 Posavina (13) Mark Walker Hayden Tinsley 56 (R78) C(0) Dst(0) Well ridden to win the Lowland after good effort in Sir Tristram. Include. 8 25543 Corsage (5) Mark Walker Vinnie Colgan 56 (R74) C(0) Dst(0) Close up fourth in Lowland. Backed up at Ellerslie & a good third. Chance. 9 31773 Miss Sharapova (6) Ken Kelso Michael Coleman 56 (R74) C(0) Dst(0) Good effort at Waikato for seventh. Big run in Lowland for third. Place. 10 43171 Nike Princess (22) D & D Logan & C Gibbs Paul Taylor 56 (R73) C(0) Dst(0) Paid the late entry to be here. Nice win Waikato. Draw no help to chances. 11 96308 Jungle Juice (20) D & D Logan & C Gibbs Rosie Myers (a) 56 (R70) C(0) Dst(1-0-0) Disappointed in Championship Stakes. Eighth in Derby okay. Don't dismiss. 12 16913 La Marina (15) Janelle Millar Robert Hannam 56 (R70) C(0) Dst(0) Big run to dead heat for win Woodville. Tidy third Hastings. Not out of this 13 05810 Poppy Rose (18) Danica Guy Lisa Allpress 56 (R70) C(0) Dst(0) Upset winner at Taranaki. Failed in Lowland. Would need to improve. 14 98123 Shamarose (21) Graham Richardson Buddy Lammas 56 (R70) C(0) Dst(0) Winner at Rotorua. Has run two solid placings since at Waikato & Matamata. 15 52126 Platinum Princess (16) Lisa Latta Kelly Myers 56 (R69) C(2-1-1) Dst(0) Winner here in January. Good second Awapuni. Eye catching run in Lowland. 16 34148 Southern Heights (9) G Lowry & G Cullen Chris Johnson 56 (R69) C(1-0-0) Dst(0) Won maiden at Wairarapa.Close up fourth at Woodville. Fair last time. 17 54314 Miraflores (3) Mark Walker Sam Spratt 56 (R68) C(0) Dst(0) Green but won well Taranaki. Not far away when fourth Waikato. Drawn well. 18 0 1 8 4 U t o p i a Scratched E1 19 90418 The Goddaughter (11) John Sargent Darryl Bradley 56 (R68) C(0) Dst(0) Big run to score at Ellerslie. Never got into the race last time out. E2 20 63416 Pomellato (17) Mark Walker - 56 (R67) C(0) Dst(0) Dug deep to score at Rotorua. Hit the line well for sixth at Waikato. E3 21 72272 Innocent Lady (7) G & M Sanders - 56 (R59) C(0) Dst(0) Maiden runner who has been runner up in three of last four. Place. E4 22 56292 Ekstra Dane (14) Bryce Revell - 56 (R59) C(0) Dst(0) Another maiden runner who has been runner up in two of last three. E5 23 5534 Arctic Heights (8) John Sargent - 56 (R56) C(0) Dst(0) Has weighed in from all four outings. Looks held.
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