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TRACKCHAT | Vodafone Derby Day | 5 March 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 tomorrow'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 Vodafone Derby Day is restricted. More here.
 

Track update

The track was rated a Dead 5 this morning after irrigation was applied last night.


A further penetrometer will be completed this afternoon and it is likely we will apply additional irrigation tonight to ensure the track is a Dead 4 tomorrow morning.

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

 

Feature race preview


Race 9 | Vodafone New Zealand Derby | $1,000,000 | 3YO SW 2400m | Group 1 | 5.10 pm


There are only 13 runners in tomorrow’s Vodafone New Zealand Derby largely because of the dominance La Crique showed when winning the AJC Avondale Guineas.


Given her winning margin, it is impossible to go past her. From the draw, I expect her to be handy to the speed. If she settles well, like she did two weeks ago, she will frankly have a turn of foot that will make her nearly impossible to beat.


The dangers include Tutukaka and the impressive last start winner, Pinarello.

 

More things to know about Vodafone Derby Day:


Timings

  • 11.00am - Gates and the Ascot Stand open (to those members who have RSVPed as directed)

  • 11.30am - All other hospitality precincts open (to those who have purchased a ticket or RSVPed as directed)

  • 12.23pm - First race

  • 5.10pm - Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby

  • 5:49pm - Last race

More racing info

Speed Maps - Sat, 5 March 2022
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Download PDF • 234KB
 

Need some tips?


CEO Paul Wilcox rates:


  • Race 2 | 12.58pm | Race in Australia with Go Racing Nathans Memorial - Bet: StarryBeel #6 (FFW)

  • Race 4 | 2.08pm | Stella Artois Mufhasa Stakes - Bet: I Wish I Win #4 (FFW)

  • Race 8 | 4.30pm | Haunui Farm King's Plate - Bet: Sword of State #1 (FFW)

  • Race 9 | 5.10pm | Vodafone New Zealand Derby - Bet: La Crique #13 (FFW)

  • Race 9 | 5.10pm | Vodafone New Zealand Derby - Bet: White Noise #2 (FFP)

  • Race 9 | 5.10pm | Vodafone New Zealand Derby - Bet Pinarello #7 (FFP)


Sponsorship Manager Bill Heap rates:


  • Race 2 | 12.58pm | Race in Australia with Go Racing Nathans Memorial - Bet: Spirit of Baz #10

  • Race 5 | 2.43pm | Graeme Thomson Antique & Estate Jewellery 1600 - Bet: Samian Seussie #7

  • Race 9 | 5.10pm | Vodafone New Zealand Derby - Bet: La Crique #13

 

Consider yourself quite the tipster?


Simply Choose Your Champ in the Vodafone New Zealand Derby and if your chosen horse is first past the post, you’re in the draw to WIN a $1,000 shopping spree!



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