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TRACKCHAT | Manco Easter Handicap Day | 23 April
Here's your preview to our upcoming raceday.
April 22, 2022

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Here's your preview to our upcoming raceday, complete with a track update and tips to help provide you all the info you need.


Track update


The track on Friday morning is rated a Good 4. There is some rain in the forecast today so we expect the track will be in the Good 4/Soft 5 range tomorrow morning. 

Hear what ATR track manager, Jason Fulford, has to say about the track conditions (as at Friday morning).




Staphanos By Deep Impact Champagne Stakes | Race 4

One of the strongest renewals in recent years with 13 acceptors including last start Group 1 placed Waitak. While he is not drawn to advantage in barrier 12, he certainly brings a great deal of class highlighted by his excellent third in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes.  While he will be better at three, I expect him to be too classy tomorrow.  

The dangers include Mr Maestro and Boss Man  


Trelawney Stud Championship Stakes  | Race 6

Another good race with three or four chances.  Pinarello showed his class against the older horses with a dominant 4.5 length win the run prior to the Vodafone NZ Derby.  His run in the Derby was solid and while he has had an interrupted preparation, I expect him to be very hard to beat tomorrow.   

The dangers include Ruach, Achieve 

A slight knock on the favourite Hoard The Bourbon.  While I don’t doubt his potential, he has come through weaker form races and, in my opinion, is a false favourite.  


Manco Easter Handicap | Race 7

A somewhat traditional handicap with a full field and many chances.  While he is weighted up to his best, I have Brando narrowly on top in front of last start winner Carolina Reaper.  From barrier 3, Opie Bosson will give Brando the gun run and I expect him to be too strong.   

The dangers include Carolina Reaper and Samiam Seussie.


Racing information:


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Need a tip?  


CEO Paul Wilcox rates:

  • Race 5 | 2.54pm | VRC Trophy 1400 | Apostrophe (#3) - Bet: FFW

  • Race 6 | 3.30pm | Group 2 Trelawney Stud Championship Stakes | Hoard the Bourbon (#3) | Bet: Win

  • Race 7 | 4.10pm | Group 3 Manco Easter Handicap | Brando (#4) - Bet: Win


Sponsorship Manager Bill Heap rates:

  • Race 2 | 1.03pm | Vertical Logistics 1200 | Letzbeglam (#8) | Bet: Win

  • Race 3 | 1.39pm | MW Insurance 1200 |(#8) | Savonoski (#1) | Bet: Win

  • Race 4 | 2.18pm | Listed Staphanos by Deep Impact Champagne Stakes | Waitak (#1) | Bet: Win



More good things to know:



  • Gates and hospitality open: 11:30am
  • First race: 12:25pm
  • Last race: 4:50pm


General Admission is FREE. 

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