20/4/24 – Saturday Horse Racing Tips for New Zealand

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We have expert horse racing tips for the cards this Saturday in New Zealand, featuring racing at Riccarton and Ellerslie.

There is plenty of value available with bookmakers at the NZ meetings and we have our best bets across the two cards.

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Riccarton racing tips

Race 1. (9:50) Riccarton Park Function Maiden (1400m)

#8 – Sailing Away @ $4.50

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Sailing Away has been right around the mark throughout his career and punters get value odds on Saturday.

The three-year-old son of Merchant Navy meets an even field, and having experience on the track helps his cause.

Take the odds before they shorten.

Race 3. (10:55) Avon City Ford BM75 (2600m)

#3 – Star Ballot @ $5.50

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Star Ballot won well earlier this preparation, and being a two-time winner on the track is a big bonus.

The Pitman-trained five-year-old comes off a tidy effort for fourth at Riccarton, and he doesn’t need to improve too much on that.

Having Lisa Allpress in the saddle adds to his appeal.

Race 4. (11:30) Congratulations Michael Pitman BM75 (1000m)

#9 – Sinbin @ $3.30

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Sinbin chased gamely behind a smart type last time out, and she lost no admirers with that run.

The four-year-old mare by Derryn owns two wins and three placings from seven starts and carrying 55.5kg helps her cause.

We’re happy with the $3.30 odds, so take them before they firm on race day.

Race 6. (12:34) Daphne Bannan Great Easter Stakes (1400m)

#3 – Third Decree @ $5.00

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Third Decree has been excellent winning her last three starts, including a gutsy win at Ashburton last time out.

The four-year-old mare owns seven wins from 14 starts, so she has been a great bet throughout her career.

We expect her to be fighting out the finish again.

Ellerslie racing tips

Race 1. (10:35) Barfoot & Thompson Handicap (1200m)

#7 – Pour the Wine @ $2.60

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Money is with Pour the Wine, who comes off a third placing behind a nice type in Jaarffi.

Prior to that placing the mare won three on the bounce, including a win at Ellerslie by 2.5 lengths in fine style.

Her form is stellar, and dropping to 54kg with Warren Kennedy riding is a bonus.

Race 3. (11:45) Tab Star Way Stakes (1200m)

#6 – Love Poem @ $2.70

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Love Poem produced a group placing at Matamata last start, and it won’t take her long to win a race.

She hasn’t faced easy opposition, and that doesn’t change here. She is still yet to win a race, but the betting tells the story.

Punters should expect her to settle handy and kick strongly with Sam Spratt riding.

Race 4. (12:26) Ellerslie Events BM65 (1200m)

#11 – Wind of Change @ $4.00

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A winner fresh up at New Plymouth, Wind of Change looks to get back to winning form on Saturday.

The three-year-old by Deep Field comes off a second placing at Ellerslie behind Marengo, who is a quality type in the making.

Getting the inside draw makes her harder to beat.

Race 7. (14:11) Manco Easter Handicap (1600m)

#8 – Snazzytavi @ $5.50

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Value is with Snazzytavi, who is one of the more consistent runners going around at Ellerslie.

The four-year-old mare owns four wins and four placings from nine starts, so we’re happy with the odds available.

It’s a group race, but she’s good enough to handle this level of opposition.

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About Daryl Curnow

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.