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TRACKCHAT | SkyCity New Year's Day Races | 1 January 2022

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 race and some tips from the office lads.



Track update

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

At the time of writing (Friday, 31 December), the track is rated a Dead 5 after 15 mms of irrigation was applied last night.


With a dry day today, the track is likely to be a Dead 4 this afternoon.


Depending on the penetrometer reading, a decision will be made about further irrigation tonight.


Feature race preview

Race 9 | Sistema Railway | Group I | $240,000 | 1200m | OPN-SW&P| 4.30pm


Not big numerically this year but the Sistema Railway is full of quality headed by Entriviere and Levante. Levante was outstanding when winning the Haunui Farm Counties Bowl at her previous start. That said, I have Entriviere narrowly on top. From a middle draw, I suspect she will sit two or so lengths in front of Levante and with Entriviere’s turn of foot, I doubt Levante will be able to run her down. The dangers include of course Levante and Summer Passage.


More good things to know about the SkyCity New Year's Day Races:

Speed Maps - New Year's Day 2022
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Need some tips?


CEO Paul Wilcox rates:

  • Race 3 - First Global Logistics Eclipse Stakes - #5 Wolverine - Bet: FFW

  • Race 4 - Skycity City Of Auckland Cup - #3 CheaperThanDivorce - Bet: FFW

  • Race 5 - Valachi Downs Royal Stakes - #8 Outfit - Bet: FFW

  • Race 6 - SkyCity Auckland Guineas - #1 Tutukaka - Bet: FFW

  • Race 8 - Sistema Railway - #3 Entriviere #4