The feature race on tomorrow's Ruakākā card will be the inaugural Whangarei Racing's Tai Tokerau Cup 2019.

This meeting was traditionally a date raced by the Dargaville Racing Club with a perpetual Northland Cup presented, but retained by the club. With the Dargaville Club opting not to race at Ruakaka, the meeting licence was transferred to be a Whangarei Racing Club meeting.

The race is over 2100 metres for $20,000 for rating 82 horses and has attracted a small field of six with two from the local Chris Gibbs and Michelle Bradley's stable — Richie McHorse and Transformer — the logical favourites.

With nine runners entered for the meeting, the Ruakākā track based stable of Gibbs-Bradley could have several reasons to celebrate the end of the year.

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Jimmy James was an impressive winner first up and must be hard to beat in the "Ruakākā Christmas at the Races-Tues 17 Dec" rating 65 over 1400 metres.

In the Adams Trimmer Insurance maiden over 1400 metres, their three-year-old filly Kareeraway will appreciate the step up in distance and at her third life-time start is expected to start favourite.

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Krystal Williams-Tuhoro from Rae Racing stables will saddle up five runners while her father Kenny Rae is managing the rest of the team at Christchurch this week.

The half-brother to Prom Queen, Our Prom King, is likely to be their best chance in the rating 65 "Interislander Summer Festival Ruakākā Races – Sat 4 Jan" over 1200 metres.

A number of visiting trainers have teams of four or five horses in Richard Collett, Davina Waddell, Ralph Manning and Stephen McKee.

Ralph Manning has not been as regular a visitor this year but has two runners in the "Fireco" maiden race of 2100 metres in Reflection and Touch The Clouds.

Both have been very consistent in running a number of placings and look to be among the main chances again.

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