Get free Hawkesbury tips and betting selections for all key meetings from the Hawkesbury Races in New South Wales.
Race 1 - 11:50AM ST JOHNS PARK BOWLING CLUB 2YO CLARENDON STAKES Tips (1400 METRES)
After showing some promise in his first campaign, 1. GLENEAGLES broke the Maiden in nice style first-up at Hawkesbury, defeating Overpass (now a dual winner) and Belle O'Ballee, who won her next outing. Opting to skip Wednesday's 1100m two-year-old event at Warwick Farm, this does look a very winnable race and overall, he brings easily the best form.
While the margin didn't necessarily reflect it, it was quite a soft debut victory for 2. Aslav, another galloper that rises from 1100m to 1400m on Saturday. The form is suspect around that April 15 Maiden and the race did rate poorly for that program.
4. Hoover Lucy competed in a faster run Maiden on that same meeting where she stuck on albeit was no match for the impressive De An Andretti. As perhaps the sole leader by default in this event, Tim Clark can rate her a treat up front.
Look out for 6. Achira
once she gets up to a mile and further although she did stick on fairly despite finding the 1200m a little sharp at Canterbury on debut. Can improve at 1400m and not the worst value ($26.00 via Palmerbet
) if you're playing the exotics.
Race 2 - 12:25PM BLAKES MARINE BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP Tips (1500 METRES)
A model of consistency last year was 1. KIRWAN'S LANE, recording five wins and a string of placings over a few preparations including first and second-up victories last campaign. While he was a BM64 winner over 1900m in May, subsequent efforts suggest 1500m-1600m is probably his ideal range. Won a strong 88 back in December over a mile and is well in to this 78 after the 3kg claim of Campbell Rawiller.
5. Archanna arrives third-up and at this stage of her last campaign, she defeated Nimalee, who is now a Group Two winner. I suspect she's had a few issues this time in given the gap between all of her performances. The betting late could tell the story.
At 25/1, 6. Luvoir was expected to need the run fresh but he pulled off an upset, safely accounting for the well fancied Exoboom in the process. There's a little more depth here but he draws well, is unbeaten at Hawkesbury and still looks to have a fair bit of upside.
1100m on a Soft track at 88 level was always going to be too sharp for 2. Spencer
who is now down in grade, up in trip and onto a firmer surface, could be a big improver at long odds ($26.00 @ BlueBet
Race 3 - 1:00PM TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP Tips (1400 METRES)
With now three runs for the Kody Nestor stable, it's about D-day for 1. GOLDEN GORGE who finds clearly his most winnable assignment since joining the new yard. Even with 63.5kg, he was hard to miss two back before a competitive showing in the Wagga Town Plate Prelude. Has the best country form in this line up and defeated a smart one in Ocular when campaigning in Melbourne.
9. Tipping Point won an ordinary Maiden first-up at Orange, but was visually superb in doing so. He had Provincial form lines from his first campaign and as a lightly raced three-year-old, there's still plenty of improvement to come. Interested to see how he measures up.
Catching the eye late in the Jardel Cup at Tamworth last Friday was 5. Surooj
, an ex-Victorian with some ability that is building towards a win. Looks to be crying out for the 1400m of this event and from a good draw, is a decent each-way price ($15.00 @ bet365
won two in a row last autumn and now with a pair runs under the belt, shouldn't be all that far away. He ran into Split Not A Shock second-up at the Gold Coast, a mare that is no slouch. He's another at a double figure quote ($14.00 @ Sportsbet
Race 4 - 1:35PM LIVING TURF BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP Tips (1800 METRES)
Although rising in the weights, this is a decent drop back in class for 1. LUNCIES who made his Australian debut over the 1550m at Canterbury, making some inroads but was well held. The form has stood up from that with both Mr Dependable and Lina's Hero saluting on Monday while the rise to 1800m is a big tick. This does look a very winnable assignment for the Lees-trained import.
I've got time for 12. Yangtze Rapids going forward, but it's hard to dive in as favourite in a BM78 here coming off a Maiden win and he had a few chances prior to that. It's a very weak race, however and he'll roll forward with a low weight.
5. Savoury was either hot or cold early days but now deep into a preparation that started in February, has been consistent throughout and bounced back to the winner's stall on April 29. He drops 2kg off that performance but is yet to win past 1550m.
was tracking beautifully early in the preparation before putting in a shocker third-up over the 2100m here, but is clearly much better than that. His spring form around She's Ideel, Accountability etc is certainly good enough for this and he's double figure odds ($10.00 @ WinnersBet
Race 5 - 2:10PM KILLAHY EQUINE HAWKESBURY CROWN Tips (1300 METRES)
Kept coming back to 5. ATHIRI who is the fresh one the scene. Following a debut victory last autumn, she certainly tested the patience of punters, missing in her next 12 starts before really turning the corner, winning four of her last six outings. It took Krone coming from nowhere to deny her at the Magic Millions, who won her next two including a Group One. Her April 19 trial win here was superb.
12. Air To Air
has been a frustrating galloper over her last few campaigns but is consistently thereabouts and rattled off the fastest last 600m and 200m in the Sapphire Stakes, which looks a key reference for this. With a cleaner getaway, she can give this a shake at a decent price ($12.00 @ TopSport
2. Sweet Deal was quite plain in her first three efforts this campaign and sent out at 25/1 in that Sapphire Stakes, produced a much-improved performance despite being briefly held-up. She should've been right in he finish with the eventual quinella.
9. Jen Rules
feels like another number but is generally very competitive in these races and the extra 100m looks ideal off the chasing effort a fortnight back. She goes in the longer exotics at a fair quote ($18.00 @ TopSport
Race 6 - 2:45PM HAWKESBURY XXXX GOLD RUSH Tips (1100 METRES)
In the most open race on the program, we'll concede an each-way chance to 10. INANUP who did catch the eye late via a Randwick trial on April 20. An honest veteran that recorded back-to-back wins last winter, he was very competitive in similar company in the spring that followed. They can fan wider at Hawkesbury as a meeting wears on and with a back to follow late off a good speed, he can figure.
11. Embracer hasn't been to the races since last winter and returns as a gelding for the Waterhouse & Bott camp. His second April trial was won in slick time and up front with just 53kg, he certainly warrants respect. Interested to see what the betting does late.
Godolphin mare 8. Varda has opened up favourite although the lead-in trials have been inconclusive. She won four in a row in the off season but didn't quite measure up in the spring. With tactical versatility, Jason Collett has plenty of options from barrier seven.
2. Snitz had some excellent form lines last autumn in Sydney but was another who was disappointing in a short Spring campaign. The wide gate with good speed drawn underneath him is the knock.
Race 7 - 3:25PM BLACKTOWN WORKERS CLUB GROUP HAWKESBURY GUINEAS Tips (1400 METRES)
Allowed to control the South Pacific Classic first-up was 2. ELLSBERG who then proceeded to give his rivals a galloping lesson, pulling clear late for a comfortable three-length win on the line. If he's allowed another good run-in front, key rivals such as Rainbown Connection have more than three lengths to make up, with that winner still on the improve. Not sure what beats him unless one decides to pester him early.
5. Rainbow Connection was set an impossible task on that occasion, reeling off the fastest last 600m of that event but was never in winning calculations. A half-brother to Hong Kong champion Golden Sixty, he'll need more pressure up front to trouble Ellsberg.
If we're favouring the on-speed runners then 11. Calgary Queen
goes in as at least a top four hope at a huge price ($26.00 @ bet365
). She was three-wide the trip when narrowly defeated by I Say Hello here on April 14, who backed that up with a third at Group Three level last Saturday.
6. Exoboom should've beaten Brookspire in December but was denied in an average protest decision and then he went back to the Provincials to bolt in via his next two starts. He was a little disappointing fresh but can improve.
Race 8 - 4:05PM EVERGREEN TURF HAWKESBURY GOLD CUP Tips (1600 METRES)
With any luck from the barrier gods, 7. ROYAL CELEBRATION would've won the Festival Stakes in November and he suffered a similar fate last Saturday, racing wide throughout but kept finding for a third-placed finish, despite spotting weight to both Rocha Clock and Nudge. While the price isn't there this week, he finally draws a gate and against many inconsistent rivals, he gets his chance in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.
6. Sikandarabad doesn't win out of turn but it's hard to knock his consistency, carrying 62kg for a fourth in the Muswellbrook Cup and he's been freshened-up. He was a little unlucky when runner-up to Sacramento two starts back, which does look strong enough form.
it was a much-improved effort last Saturday from 2. Archedemus following an ordinary fresh run. As the Hawkesbury Cup winner in 2019 and being runner-up at Listed level in his only other start on this circuit, he should be respected.
I'll win the lotto before I catch 1. Greysful Glamour but if left alone up front on a good surface, a win wouldn't shock from the five-year-old albeit she's is quite short at around $5 to find out.
Race 9 - 4:45PM HAPPY 70TH EVELYN BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP Tips (1300 METRES)
Barrier two late on this Hawkesbury program is the main knock for 6. GRAND RUMORE who was well supported late prior to her Australian debut at Canterbury and she saluted in style, showing a sharp turn-of-foot to come from off the speed over 1200m, which was as short as she wanted it. The extra 100m here is a tick and she drops 3kg for a BM78 that lacks depth. Does look very well placed.
4. McCormack is an honest gelding and he generally comes to hand early in his campaigns. Successful in a BM88 last August, defeating subsequent Group One winner Think It Over in the process, he's well in at this grade with 57kg after the claim.
Although he's had a few chances this autumn, 9. Ocean Emperor has been competitive against some slick opposition and with the winkers on, will land on the speed. Is hard fit and can give a sight once again, especially with the 3.5kg weight drop.
is an interesting runner at a big price ($41.00 @ Sportsbet
), arriving off a third at Stakes level in New Zealand. While raw, she's shown ability and although finished seven of nine in a Randwick trial, her work late, especially after the line was quite strong in that April 20 heat.
HAWKESBURY QUADDIE TIPS
Race 6: 1,2,6,8,9,10,11
Race 7: 3
Race 8: 1,2,6,7
Race 9: 4,6,7,9
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