NZ TAB expert "The Shark" makes these selections for Ruakaka today.
Race 1 scheduled to start at 12 noon, the Harcourts Whangarei Open sprint featuring Avantage is race 6 at 2.54pm. Last race is at 4.40pm so time to get to the rugby to watch Northland take on Hawkes Bay.
PHOTO: Hello It's Me winning at Ellerslie. Trish Dunell.
Is she the horse to beat The Shark's best bet today?
8 Amazing Az ($2.00)
Gave them a galloping lesson the last time he tackled 2100 metres. Expect the same again in the Ruakaka opener.
6 Don't Doubt Me ($4.50)
Has been in great form without winning recently. The better track and good draw (3) might be the key to him winning on Saturday.
Stephen Marsh-trained mare who has looked good in both starts at Ruakaka. Up in distance suits.
10 Minnallines ($9.00)
Star trialist who ran into the very smart Rainbow Dash on debut back in January. Has since trialed for a six-length win.
10 Mac Attacka ($4.00)
He's an up-and-coming star. Three from four so far and looks well placed to make that four from five on Saturday.
3 Avantage ($1.90)
Genuine star. Has won seven from nine and hasn't had them any easier than this. Best of the day.
11 Maison Roxanne ($5.00)
Promising Pencarrow mare resuming. Guaranteed a soft trip from the gate (2) and could prove hard to run down in the final stages.
10 Tipping Point
Hit the line strongly at her first look at Ruakaka last month. Up in distance suits and has a decent draw (3).
Best: 3 Avantage (Race 6)
Next: 8 Amazing Az (Race 1)
Roughie: 10 Minnallines (Race 4)