Shadow Lord (Race 8, No.5) looks outstanding value at double figure odds.
This four-year-old has race throughout the winter and held his form well. First-up he took the scalp of Burning Passion. Since then he struggled on the very wet track at Randwick with a big weight before running okay at Listed level last start. He got back from the gate there but found the line as well as anything.
This is much easier and at 1400m with barrier 1, he’s a massive hope.
Hurricanes have been our bread and butter all season long and The Wolf says to stick with them. Hurricanes 1-12.
It’s a mouth-watering North Island derby for the first spot in the decider, with both teams sweating on the fitness of key players ahead of what shapes as one of the great Super Rugby semis.
The Hurricanes have won 14 and the Chiefs 12 of 27 previous clashes, with one match drawn. The ’Canes lead the count 9-5 at home, but the Chiefs scored a controversial one-point win in Wellington earlier this season. The Hurricanes are 15-3 at home since the start of 2015 and are coming off a scintillating 41-0 quarter final rout of the Sharks in atrocious Wellington conditions.
Seven of the teams’ last eight games have been decided by 1-12 margins and with both teams at their peak of their powers there will not be much separating them.