Ex-Australian Torino is the most impressive winner we've seen in the north in the last few weeks.
The Te Rapa win was narrow, but stylish.
It suggests he can back up in Race 2 at Pukekohe today.
If the predicted rain arrives for the first half of the Pukekohe programme, Matost (No1, R3) will be hard to beat. He loves loose, wet conditions and it will help him handle the 59kg topweight. He is very underrated in the right conditions.
Itsallme (No9, R7) is a tough mare in tough conditions. She finished only fifth at Trentham last start, but looks better placed here. Stellas Gold is the best value runner in this. She is better than her form reads.
The 1600m is as far as Smartly (No10, R4) wants to run, but she is as game as you could ever hope for. She tried to lead for the entire Riccarton home straight last week and only just failed. She goes up a grade, but will drop 3kg.By Mike Dillon Email Mike