TRACKCHAT | Summer Raceday | 10 January 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 race.


Track update

The track is rated a Dead 5 this afternoon after 17mms of rain since midnight.

Whether we need to irrigate tomorrow evening to ensure we have a Dead 4 on race morning will depend on how much the track dries this evening and tomorrow.

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


Feature race preview

Race 7 | Te Akau Gingernuts Salver | Listed | $50,000 | 2100m | 3YO SW | 3.48pm

The first time this race has been run on this date as previously it has been run in mid-December. On paper, the race looks to have two chances, with Mongolian Wings current favourite in front of Cheaperthandivorce. Looking at the speed map, Mongolian Wings looks to get a soft lead, and, for that reason, he goes on top for me from Cheaperthandivorce that is likely to get back and be steaming home.

Mongolian Wings, a son of Mongolian Khan, a former winner of this race as well as the NZ Derby, ATC Derby and Caulfield Cup, was a last start winner at Rotorua in a Rating 65 1560 and looks to the eye that Sunday’s extra distance is only going to be an advantage.


More good things to know about the Summer Raceday:

  • Gates open: 11.00am

  • First race: 12.18pm

  • Last race at Ellerslie: 4.23pm

  • FREE general admission & parking

  • Check out the fields

  • Click the box below to download the day's speed maps

Speed Maps - Sunday 10 January 2021
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