Turn it up! Weekend racing preview

Racing writer Jonny Turner previews the races that should have southern racing fans on the edge of their seats this weekend. 

The Northern Oaks at Alexandra Park at 8.40pm tonight.

Punters only need to look at the first two numbers in the racebook to find the best two fillies in this race.

It is south versus north with Wainui Creek taking on Belle Of Montana.

It's incredibly hard to split the pair, but if I had to choose one I would say Belle Of Montana has a slight edge.

The open 1600m event at Wingatui at 1.20pm tomorrow.

The formline says no, but his class says yes.

This race looks the perfect opportunity for Tommy Tucker to put three unlucky runs so far this season behind him.

He has his old mate Jacob Lowry back on his back.

Sixty kg is nothing that has worried the 10yr-old before.

Without wanting to be insulting to his opposition, he does not get a better chance to regain form than against this line-up on his favoured 1600m circuit on his home track.

Come on, Tommy, show us you have still got it.

The 3yr-old fillies' listed feature at Wingatui at 4.05pm tomorrow.

This looks a four-horse race to me and again it is a case of north versus south.

Northern raider Naval Fleet is perfectly placed to show the southerners how good she is from barrier 2.

She has been well tested against some very good 3yr-olds in the North Island, so this race should not hold any fears for her.

Tee Cee Coup, Emily Margaret and Dreamtesta head the southern hopes in the race.

All three are classy fillies.

Tee Cee Coup has a distinct draw advantage over the other two.

She starts from barrier 7 with Emily Margaret stuck out in barrier 15 and Dreamtesta in barrier 13.

The New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie at 4.55pm tomorrow.

New Zealand's richest race has again attracted a classy and even line-up of three-year-olds.

Surely, Sacred and In A Twinkling stamped themselves horses that will handle the 2400m of the derby with their one-two finish in the Avondale Guineas.

Both have drawn nicely and should not have to burn as much petrol as some of their main rivals, which have drawn close to the Elllerslie car park.

The Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick at 5.40pm tomorrow.

You know the story, what more could I possibly add?

Wonder mare of the world, Winx, will once again destroy her opposition and stamp herself as a once in a lifetime racehorse.

Keep an eye on Patrick Erin; I am picking he will go another cracker as he builds towards the Sydney Cup.

The Miracle Mile at Menangle at 11.28pm tomorrow night.

Tactically intriguing is how I would sum up this great race.

There are so many questions and appear to be so few answers.

Who will lead, who will breeze and how fast will they go?

It's the up-and-comers - Poster Boy, Spankem and Chase Auckland - against the veterans Tiger Tara, Thefixer and Field Marshal.

Picking a winner? No thanks.

Sitting back and watching the harness race of the year? Yes, please.

The Free For All Mobile Trot at Addington at 5.17pm on Sunday.

This was just another trotting race when the nominations closed for the event on Monday.

When those nominations were opened back up again, it turned into the scene for the return of one of the great New Zealand trotters.

Monbet will compete for the first time since his Dominion win in November of 2016.

That is if he makes it to the track.

His last comeback saw him late scratched the day before the race.

New Zealand trotting fans will be hoping this time it is the real deal.


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