The Betfair Insider Harness: Auckland, Saturday 31st December 2016

R5 Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Championship Final Group 1 | 2200m 

What a mouth-watering contest this is with the two most dominant fillies in the land here. Delightful Memphis and Spanish Armada will make it look a match race. Spanish Armada sat outside Delightful Memphis last time when a narrow winner, that looks the map again. American Express ran a good third to the pair last time and looks the trifecta chance again from the draw.

Race Confidence: High

Runner nameRating
8. Spanish Armada$1.65
5. Delightful Memphis$2.90
1. American Express$28.00
2. Smiley Sophie$180.00
7. Ask Again$440.00
4. Major Rocket$500.00
6. Classy Chapel$500.00

Betting Strategy 

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Spanish Armada

R8 2016 Jen Campin Bloodstock National Trot Group 1 | 2700m 

MARCOOLA was simply outstanding last week when started prohibitive odds but will probably be shorter here. Won by a massive 12 lengths over the mile in a flying 1.56.3; the step up to 2700m won’t pose a problem looking at his record over the journey (5-5-0-0). He has now won 11/19 and is well on the way to becoming one of if not the best trotter in the country.

BORDEAUX was a game second to him but hard to see him turning the tables. The winner of 8/19 however looks a very good bet to run a place. SUNNY RUBY got it all wrong there but did win here two starts ago beating BELLES SON. IDLE BONES has drawn better today and is a rough F4 chance.

VALMAGNE was a good third to Marcoola last week at big odds and can place again. GREAT THINGS HAPPEN is a nice horse resuming having won 7/16 in lower grade, he steps straight into A Grade here. QUITE A MOMENT has drawn 16,13 and 15 in his last three starts with the move back to six here makes him a realistic exotic chance. The field however looks to be in it for second prize. Stand and watch a very good horse in Marcoola dominate.

Selections – 8/9/7/2

Runner nameRating
8. Marcoola$1.14
9. Bordeaux$29.00
7. Sunny Ruby$45.00
3. Great Things Happen$60.00
2. Valmagne$80.00
6. Quite A Moment$80.00
1. Idle Bones$190.00
5. Le Reveur$190.00
11. Belles Son$460.00
4. Commander Paris$500.00
10. Scarrymcleary$500.00

R9 2016 Trillian Trust Auckland Cup (SS) Group 1 | 3200

Great race to finish the year. TITAN BANNER is really coming of age with wins in the Summer Cup then last week a very tough effort to sit in the chair for the last lap and win the Franklin Cup. Looked gone on the home turn, but he kicked like a good horse. Good SS performer with 5/17 and 7 placings and the 2/5 with 2 placings at the distance is OK too. The one they must beat. The Queen of Auckland DREAM ABOUT ME gets her acid test now.

Got away with murder last week after a 65 second half she sprinted home easily to beat Rocker Band. This is much tougher and she may be under the odds. CHRISTEN ME showed his best form for a long time when took the lead with a lap or so to go last week and kicked on the home turn to go down narrowly to Titan Banner. A repeat effort will make him very hard to beat.

CHASE THE DREAM galloped in that race costing it all hope and redeemed himself with an emphatic victory last week from the mobile.  Obviously, the SS is the big query here. TIGER TARA however loves the stand having ran on late for fourth in the Franklin Cup and always performs in these types of races.

Selections – 4/9/10/8

Runner nameRating
4. Titan Banner$2.24
9. Dream About Me$3.90
3. Christen Me$7.20
8. Tiger Tara$17.00
10. Chase The Dream$17.00
1. Hug The Wind$75.00
2. Hughie Green$130.00
5. Arden’s Choice $280.00
7. No Doctor Needed$280.00
6. The Faithful$500.00
11. Little Rascal$500.00

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