Iain Hyndman's Ellerslie Tips
1: Spindle, Mr Universe, Breezon
2: Hinerangi, Podravina, Countessa Vanessa
3: Bethany, William Tell, The Helix
4: Together, Owen Patrick, Monaco
5: Rhinestone Cowboy, Sinarahma, Tightlign
6: Power O'Hata, Go Nicholas, Pretty To Sea
7: Yourdeel, Aotea Lad, Bavella
8: Melody Belle, Danzdanzdance, Rondinella
9: Five To Midnight, Charles Road, Glory Days
10: Poppy's Star, Hoist, Lord Arthur
Best Bet: Yourdeel (R7)
Waverley trainer Bill Thurlow has experienced a stellar season with his talented galloper Glory Days and he is hoping she can continue her good run of form in the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
The six-year-old daughter of Red Giant has hardly put a foot wrong this season, winning five of her last seven starts, including the Listed Wanganui Cup (2040m) and the Gr.2 Avondale Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie last start.
"I'm really happy with the way she is going," Thurlow said. "She has been doing a good job and everything is ticking over nicely.
"I thought it was a really good performance in the Avondale Cup. We were always a little bit mindful going into the race that it was her first time around Ellerslie and first time right-handed, we were a little bit concerned about that.
"But she handled it so well. She cornered well and almost got to them too soon. But she got there and fought on well and acquitted herself really well.
"It gives us a lot of confidence going forward."
Thurlow has been happy with his mare in the lead-up to the race and believes she will handle the two-mile distance at the first time of asking.
"On her work, the way she finishes her races off and the way she settles, we are pretty confident she will get it (the two miles).
"We are really happy with her. She is fit enough and she is well enough. The way she races, she doesn't pull, she should just lob along at the back and I would think she would get it, but until you try you don't know."
Glory Days has drawn barrier 15 for tomorrow's contest, but that doesn't faze Thurlow, with the Taranaki horseman wanting to continue with her racing pattern of sitting off the speed.
"It's two miles and there is plenty of time to do what you want to do in a race like that," he said. "At the end of the day, if we had an ace draw we would still be going back."– NZ Racing Desk