TRACKCHAT | Avondale Cup & Guineas Day | 20 February 2021

Need an insider tip? Keen to know how the track is shaping up?

Here's your preview to our upcoming raceday complete with Craig Baker's thoughts on the day's feature races, speed maps, racebook, track manager Jason Fulford's report and some tips from the office lads.

Due to Auckland's current COVID-19 alert level, tomorrow's Avondale Cup & Guineas Day is not open to the public. For more, visit this page.

Track update With 50mms of rain this week, the track was rated a Dead 4 this morning.

We'll do another penetrometer this afternoon to establish whether we need to irrigate to ensure the track is a Dead 4 tomorrow morning.

Here's what our track manager Jason Fulford had to say about the track earlier this morning:


Feature race previews

We'll take a look both the AJC Avondale Guineas and the Wallen Concreting Avondale Cup given both are key lead-ups to the Vodafone New Zealand Derby and the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup at Auckland Cup Week.

Race 7 | Group 2 $120,000 AJC Avondale Guineas | 4.00pm | 3YO SW | 2100m

The final tune up for the three-year-olds prior to the Vodafone New Zealand Derby here on Saturday 6 March.

Jason Belltree has largely been the forgotten horse since New Year’s Day and, while he disappointed against the older horses at his last start, I am expecting him to get this preparation on track by winning tomorrow’s Guineas.

He has been that horse that looks like he will excel over the ground he gets tomorrow, and, from a middle draw, I expect him to settle just off the spread and be strong late.

The dangers include Rocket Spade and Milford.


Race 8 | Group 2 $100,000 Wallen Concreting Avondale Cup | 4.35pm | OPN HCP | 2400m

While he has top topweight of 59kg, I still expect Sound to be too good for his rivals in tomorrow’s Wallen Concreating Avondale Cup.

Since October last year, Sound has finished second in the Bart Cummings (2500), a very unlucky sixth in the Moonee Valley Cup (2500), been beaten a nose in the Hotham Handicap (2500) and won the Zipping Classic (2400) - all form that is stronger than what he meets tomorrow.

Bascially, in the last six months, the horse has been in the form of his life.

The dangers include track specialist, Platinum Invador, and In a Twinkling.


More good things to know:

Speed Maps - Sat 20 Feb 2021
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