TRACKCHAT | Vodafone Derby Day | 7 March 2021

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Here's your preview to our upcoming raceday complete with Craig Baker's thoughts on the Vodafone New Zealand Derby, speed maps, track preview with our track manager Jason Fulford, racebook, and some tips from the office lads.

Due to Auckland's current COVID-19 alert level, Vodafone Derby Day will run under Alert Level 2 protocols. For more, visit this page.

TRACK UPDATE The track at 3pm (Saturday 6 March) was rated a Dead 5. Depending on rain fall this afternoon/evening it will be either a Dead 5 or 6.

Here's what our track manager Jason Fulford had to say about the track earlier this morning (Saturday 6 March):


FEATURE RACE PREVIEW Race 9, 5.04pm | Vodafone New Zealand Derby | 3YO SW | 2400m | $1,000,000

This year’s Vodafone New Zealand Derby is an even line up with many chances. I saw enough from Jason Belltree in the AJC Avondale Guineas to put him on top. Leading into that race, the concern was his ability to stay 2400 metres. Given he went to the front at halfway, was taken on and was coming back on the line, I think the 2400 metes will not be a problem. We all know he has the class, so on top for me. The dangers include the Legacy Lodge Waikato Guineas winner, Tokorangi, and the AJC Avondale Guineas winner, Rocket Spade.


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Need some tips? The boys are giving you their picks for Race 9, the $1,000,000 Vodafone New Zealand Derby

Paul Wilcox, CEO, rates:

Bill Heap, sponsorship manager, rates: