There is over one million dollars in prize-money for Hawkesbury's annual stand-alone meeting!
We turn our attention to Hawkesbury for their annual stand-alone meeting. With over one million dollars in prizemoney to be won, it’s sure to be a competitive day.
The weather is fine, the rail is in the true position and the track is currently rated as a Good 4.
Skinny Play: 6,7 / 2,5,12 / 2,3,5 / 6,9,14
Wide Play: 2,3,6,7 / 2,4,5,7,12,14 / 1,2,3,5,10 / 6,8,9,10,14,16
Race 1 11:55am TAB Highway Plate 1100m
BID OF FAITH is another one who resumes here after a solid preparation. If you forgive the only first up run in her career, her "resume" is faultless.
NOBLE JOEY won with authority at Goulburn with the big weight. He gets the services of James McDonald and has run some solid races in pervious highway races. He has a fitness edge on a few of these.
PROFESSOR MARX gets Blake Shinn after a good run at Muswellbrook. Before that he was only three lengths off Kangarilla Joy in January and that form is more than good enough for this race.
SELECTIONS: No 5 Atom Eve, No 7 Bid Of Faith, No 1 Noble Joey, No 3 Professor Marx
Value Runner: No 7 Bid Of Faith
Race 2 12:30pm Richmond Club Provincial Stayers Championships Final 2100m
HIPPARCHUS produced a very good second Australian start when winning at Kembla. He has had a trial since that race and was just out to do what was required. The wide open spaces of Hawkesbury should suit him, as well as the services of Brenton Avdulla, who is a man in form right now.
AWARD SEASON looks to have found some semblance of form this preparation. He was a runner up in the Gosford Cup before being beaten by five in the Canberra Cup. He has had a trial since and looked to have some sprint in his legs, which he had not previously shown.
THUNDER LADY hasn’t run in a race as weak as this in a long time. She needs to show if she still wants to be a racehorse or she will be shipped off to stud. This is more than likely her final chance.
SELECTIONS: No 4 Duca Valentinois, No 6 Hipparchus, No 2 Award Season, No 1 Thunder Lady
Value Runner: No 2 Award Season
Race 3 1:05pm Blakes Marine Claret Stakes 1300m
RADCLIFFE was a good winner at Warwick Farm after having no luck on debut. He looks as if he is a horse who would appreciate the step up to 1300m if not further. James McDonald has chosen this ride out of the three Godolphin horses in the race and we should pay close attention to that.
FLOW from the trials has looked as if he has been aimed up at this meeting for a red hot crack on debut. He has the services of Blake Shinn and has trailed nicely on two occasions.
LUBITON was very good when winning on debut at Newcastle after two hot trials. The win was soft and the step up to 1300m should pose no issues. Both Bjorn Baker and Thomas Huet are flying and it would be foolish to dismiss her chances here.
SELECTIONS: No 6 Angharad, No 1 Radcliffe, No 3 Flow, No 8 Lubiton
Value Runner: No 6 Angharad
Race 4 1:40pm Hawkesbury XXXX Gold Rush 1100m
FURNACES hasn’t quite lived up to his early promise. He was disappointing in the Fireball but has had two trials since and gets a tongue tie for this first time.
COOLRING has been a model of consistency this preparation and is yet to miss a place from four runs. He was very good in the Weetwood when run down late and, previous to that, was very competitive with Malaguerra.
ALBERTO MAGIC was too bad to be true last start behind Malaguerra. He has had a month between runs here and his fresh form is very good. He drops in grade but does rise 4kgs in the handicap. He is a winner at the track and, at his best, he wouldn’t cause a shock.
SELECTIONS: No 1 Kuro, No 7 Furnaces, No 3 Coolring, No 2 Alberto Magic
Value Runner: No 1 Kuro
Race 5 2:15pm Lander Toyota Ladies Day Cup Benchmark 85 Handicap 1300m
DANISH TWIST drops in distance after taking every inch of 1400 to win the Provincial Championships last start. He is on the up, and can give a race like this a shake.
BETTER NOT BLUE was good in the Provincial Championships when in the wrong part of the track. Tye Angland should know him by now after two previous race rides on him. He is full of talent and, with the right run in transit, he will be in the finish.
NITE ROCKER on the backup can give his fans a sight again. He was $41 into $26 at Rosehill and was rundown right on the line by Hetty Heights. You can take a line with Hetty Heights through Danish Twist and Better Not Blue in the Provincial Championships to give him a chance in this race.
SELECTIONS: No 3 Rock Forthe Ladies, No 7 Danish Twist, No 4 Better Not Blue, No 5 Nite Rocker
Value Runner: No 3 Rock Forthe Ladies
Race 6 2:55pm Godolphin Crown 1300m
CRADLE ME deserves another chance here. She may be looking for the further distance and drawing out shouldn’t be an issue as she will drift back and power home. She should find the right part of the track and Jason Collett is riding extremely well at the present.
SHE’S CLEAN is a real smokey here. She has a good fresh record and would not have been out of place in any feature race through the carnival. The trial behind Music Magnate a month ago was very good. She also won the Tibbie fresh last prep and this is a weaker race.
ARTISTRY drops well back in grade after a good run behind Azkadellia in the Queen Of The Turf. That was a Group One against some of the best mares in the land. She drops back here to a Group Three and gets the services of Blake Shinn. The drop in distance only suits her, as she didn’t look to run a strong mile at Randwick.
SELECTIONS: No 6 Ammirata, No 7 Cradle Me, No 2 She’s Clean, No 3 Artistry
Value Runner: No 2 She’s Clean
Race 7 3:35pm Panthers Hawkesbury Gold Cup 1600m
STRAWBERRY BOY is another one who should improve when stepping out to the mile second up. He was run down late by Mighty Lucky but does meet him worse at the weights. He has an imposing second up record as well as being unbeaten at the track.
TALES OF GRIMM should improve second up here after two good trials. He gets back onto a good track here and if Collett can extricate him and find clear running, he will be hitting the line powerfully.
BEATEN UP had some solid support first up behind Havana Cooler and was beaten in what was a blanket finish. Barrier 16 is a query as to what he does tactically.
SELECTIONS: No 2 Mighty Lucky, No 5 Strawberry Boy, No 12 Tales Of Grimm, No 4 Beaten Up
Value Runner: No 2 Mighty Lucky
Race 8 4:15pm Blacktown Workers Hawkesbury Guineas 1400m
HANDFAST was ultra-impressive when winning over the Carnival. He showed a tremendous amount of dash when coming up the inside of them. A distance of 1400m does seem to be his go, as he is two from two at the distance this preparation.
RED EXTENSION’s last two wins in much weaker grade have been fantastic. He gets out to the wide open expanses of Hawkesbury which looks suitted as well as the rise in distance. Barrier 11 is quite sticky, but he is bringing an X-Factor to this race.
SPILL THE BEANS was plain behind Japonisme last start. He gets the blinkers off for the first time and it’s more than likely a ploy to get him to run out 1400m. But he is a quality animal in this field and cannot be underestimated going off his runs through the carnival.
SELECTIONS: No 3 No More Tears, No 2 Handfast, No 6 Red Extension, No 1 Spill The Beans
Value Runner: No 6 Red Extension
Race 9 4:50pm Fishboy Seafoods BM 77 Handicap 1500M
TRAFALGAR was fantastic when winning fresh over an unsuitable distance. Last preparation he got out over a trip and looks to be on a Derby campaign. He is well weighted after the claim for Rory Hutchings and from gate 1 he is going to get a perfect run in the race.
CARELESS gets a handy 3kg claim for Nick Heywood, who has been riding well in the provincials and country circuit. He gets a chance for Godolphin on a horse that is going better than his form reads. He also gets a 4kg swing on Trafalgar for their meeting last start and gets the blinkers again. His second up form reads well for this.
RUSTIC MELODY is starting to get out to a trip after trying to stay "fresh" for the Provincial Championships. The three weeks between runs suits and she is a winner at the track.
SELECTIONS: No 14 Mackintosh, No 9 Trafalgar, No 6 Careless, No 8 Rustic Melody
Value Runner: No 14 Mackintosh