Two powerful finishes in less than 24 hours made Akuta the favorite to win the New Zealand Trotting Cup on November 14. However, it looks like it will face some competition from Aussie Swayzee. Although there are 15 starters for the race, horse racing bettors focus on the two horses.
Many will watch Akuta, who won the Flying Stakes on Monday at Ashburton, and the Alabar Kaikoura Cup yesterday with a casual stroll around the track.
With little over a lap to go, young driver Olivia Thornley made a bold move, seeking and getting the lead. This was Akuta’s payoff for the respect he had gained by sitting parked to win his previous two starts. After that, Akuta loped home in front of Old Town Road and Krug—two horses whose trainer, Mark Purdon, will return in the sulky in two weeks.
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With two-time reigning champion Copy That out for the season with an injury and Self Assured failing to live up to expectations this spring, it seems unlikely that any New Zealand pacer will be able to defeat Akuta in the Cup. Perhaps New Zealand has not yet seen the horse who can.
According to bookie pay per head solutions experts, Swayzee is a powerful equine comet that has blasted into the Australian harness scene. He is heading straight for Addington and will face Akuta head-on. After finishing last in an April A$6200 battlers’ race at Redcliffe, Swayzee switched to Jason Grimson as his trainer and has since won eight consecutive races, including one in which he bested the horse that some Australians were calling the best in the world, Leap To Fame.
On Sunday, Swayzee dominated an A$50,000 free-for-all at Menangle, rating a punishing 1m 52.3s for the 2400m trip to win by more than two lengths. However, outstanding teenage driver Cam Hart claims Swayzee might have gone much faster.
The NZ Cup is like a jigsaw puzzle with certain missing pieces. Swayzee must reach New Zealand, and because horses like Republican Party and BD Joe were not among the losers over the last two days, you should provide more information about them.
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