TRACKCHAT: Christmas Raceday - Saturday 9th December 2023

7 Dec 2023
Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

Need an insider tip? Keen to know how the track is shaping up?

Here’s your preview of tomorrow’s Christmas Raceday complete with Craig Baker’s preview of the day’s feature race, speed maps, a track report AND some tips from the office lads.

Track update

The track on Friday morning is rated a Soft 6.  With a fine day today, the track is likely to be a soft 5 this afternoon which is likely to be the reading tomorrow morning with a possible upgrade to a Good 4 during the raceday.

Watch below to see what Mark Nowell and Emery White had to say this morning:

Feature Race Preview:

Race 6 | Bonecrusher Stakes | Group 3 

Danica Guy trained Lupo Solitario won his first two starts impressively then pushed subsequent New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner Crocetti close in Group 2 company last start. He can get back to winning ways here. He is one of the favourites for the TAB Karaka Millions 3YO next month.

The dangers include Cannon Hill and Sudbina.


More things to know about Christmas Raceday:




Facilities open: 11:00am

Hospitality opens: 11.30am

First race (of 9): 12.20pm

Group 3 Bonecrusher Stakes: 3.18pm

Last race: 5.08pm

View the fields: Click here

Check out the speed maps: Click here


Need some tips?


ATR CEO Paul Wilcox rates:

Race 2 | 12:55 pm | Barfoot & Thompson 1600
Bet: Sentry #1 (FFW)

Race 6 | 3:18pm | Group 3 Bonecrusher Stakes
Bet: Cannon Hill #2 (FFW)


ATR Sponsorship Manager John O’Malley rates:

Race 4 | 2:14pm | Dunstan Horsefeeds Stayers Championship Qualifier 2100
Bet: Terra Mitica #6 (Win)

Race 6 | 3:18pm | Group 3 Bonecrusher Stakes
Bet: Lupo Solitario #1 (Win)



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