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 Sunday's feature races, speed maps, track manager Jason Fulford's report, some tips from the office lads AND your chance to WIN a $1,000 shopping spree by Choosing Your Champ.
Due to Auckland's current COVID-19 alert level, access to tomorrow's Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day is restricted. More here.
The track on Friday afternoon is a Dead 4. A further penetrometer will be done tomorrow morning.
We will irrigate tonight and will likely irrigate again on Saturday night.
Here's what our track manager, Jason Fulford, had to say about the track this morning:
Feature race preview
Race 9, 5.34pm, Group 2 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup® | SW&P | 3200m | $500,000
Lincoln King on top for me. While he doesn’t possess the class of a Concert Hall or Sound, you know that he will run 3200 metres. The winner of this year’s Wellington Cup, he was an excellent second in Saturday’s Race In Australia With Go Racing Nathan’s Memorial. From a midfield draw, he will be put on the speed and be hard to get past.
Race 6, 3.44pm, Group 1 Sistema Stakes | 2YO SW | 1200m | $240,000
Te Akau have a strong hand with three runners in this year’s edition. Maven Belle is three from three including a super impressive win in the Matamata Breeders Stakes and I have her narrowly on top from Dynastic. Difficult to split but have gone for race fitness albeit she jumps from seven compared to Dynastic’s draw of one. Should be a cracking race.
Race 8 | 4.54pm, Group 1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes | WFA | 2000m $240,000
Isn’t it fantastic to have Field Of Gold, a quality three-year-old running against the older horses? While he is not without a chance, I selected the Te Akau trained, Amarelinha. I was taken with how she finished off the Otaki Māori G1 WFA at her most recent start and you can only think that the step up to 2000 metres will be an advantage.
More things to know about Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day:
11.30am - Gates and hospitality precincts open (to those who have purchased a ticket or RSVPed as directed)
12.45pm - First race of 10
5.34pm - Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup®
6:14pm - Last race
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More racing info
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Need some tips?
CEO Paul Wilcox rates:
Race 6 | 3.44pm | Sistema Stakes - Bet: Dynastic #1 (FFW)
Race 6 | 3.44pm | Sistema Stakes - Bet: I Choose You #6 (FFP)
Race 8 | 4.54pm | Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes - Bet: The Chosen One #1 (FFW)
Race 8 | 4.54pm | Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes - Bet: Amarelinha #8 (FFP)
Race 8 | 4.54pm | Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes - Bet: Field Of Gold #9 (FFP)
Race 9 | 5.34pm | Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup® - Bet: Concert Hall #2 (FFW)
Race 9 | 5.34pm |Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup® - Bet: Sound #1 (FFP)
Race 9 | 5.34pm |Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup® - Bet: Hit The Road Jack #11 (FFP)
Sponsorship Manager Bill Heap rates:
Race 6 | 3.44pm | Sistema Stakes - Bet: Dynastic #1
Race 8 | 4.54pm | Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes - Bet: Coventina Bay #7
Race 9 | 5.34pm | Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup® - Bet: Concert Hall #2
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