Big money at stake at Tauranga horse races

Jim Pender trained Nasha Riva winning by a nose last start at Tauranga. Image: Supplied.


A fine day will greet punters for the Crockford Real Estate Summer Race day tomorrow, Friday at Tauranga Race course.

The wet weather earlier in the week has the track at a Dead 5 on Thursday, but could almost come up as a good 3, come start time at 1.12pm tomorrow. Trainers and owners will be chasing more than $200,00 in stake money.

The feature race, The Crockford Real Estate open handicap over 1400 meters, will probably see the Baker Forsman trained, True Enough, with Matt Cameron on board, start as favourite, having won its last 2 starts, but the Rotorua, Bill Pomare trained Donna Anne Billy, could be hard to beat if allowed to dictate terms, having won 3 of its last 5 starts.

Team Rogerson’s, Pasabahce always saves its best for Tauranga.

Local trainers are also in with a number of chances to finish in the winner’s circle.

In Race 4, The Ultimate Ford and Mazda 1200, Jim Pender with Dude with Attitude and Anthony Fuller with Fastellie, will be looking for a repeat of the meeting back on December 14th when they finished 1st and 2nd respectively.

Fastellie then went on to win at Taupo on the 30th December, whilst Dude with Attitude, was unlucky when boxed in, when they turned for home at its last start, finishing 5th.

Race 7 will see the Peter Huxtable trained, Come Back Tiger, looking for another win at Tauranga, and it’s only been unplaced 3 times from 12 starts, whilst the Jim Pender trained The Real Beel, has a 3kg claim, and ran well, finishing second in its last start at Tauranga, before being caught very wide in the Group 2 at Ellerslie on boxing day.

Pender also has Nasha Riva in the last, and its finished 3rd and 1st from just 2 starts.

Neil Davis will be running the punters club, and having quadrupled the punters money 2 race meetings back, and doubled the money last time, will be looking to keep up the good pay out form.

Entry to the course is free and BYO limits apply, with the 8 race programme winding up at 5.20pm


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