Thu, Apr 26, 10:21am by Staff Writer
Metropolitan racing heads to the provincial track of Hawkesbury on Saturday for their now ever popular standalone meeting. The rail is in the true position and the track in the good range.
The Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) is one of three Group 3 races for the day with the favourite, Ecuador ($3.40) looking to make it back-to-back wins in the race for the Waterhouse/Bott stable after Fabrizio took this out last year. While he hasn’t won since January 2017, he’s had numerous placings in Group races, and is second-up into this after finishing second to Cellarman in the G3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) four weeks ago.
Duca Valentinois ($6.50) has had an inkling of early support and the last time he was here he took out a Listed race on Hawkesbury’s Ladies Day during the spring.
Mister Sea Wolf ($6) leads a three-prong attack for Chris Waller, with McCreery ($8.50) and My Nordic Hero ($20) – who’s had good early support – his other runners while ex-Waller galloper Mackintosh ($16) is now under the care of trainer Richard Litt.
Kingsguard ($6.50) and Plaisir ($7.50) are both down on the 53kg limit and the only other runners under double figure odds. Lovani ($16) is the only last start winner in the race which followed an impressive run prior to that while Destiny’s Kiss ($26) is a stable stalwart for Joe Pride and he resumes here and carries top weight alongside the favourite. Articus ($20) has had the five career wins, one of those from 15 starts in Australia.
The G3 Godolphin Crown (1300m) generally assembles a competitive field of fillies and mares and this year is no different with a field of 14 and two emergencies accepted for the race.
Sedanzer ($4) has opened favourite and she resumes from a successful summer campaign which saw her claim three wins and two seconds from her five runs – and both times she was beaten, she flashed home to narrowly miss. A winner of six from 14, last campaign was the only time she has won when fresh.
Pecans ($9.50) has four wins and five seconds from her 12 career starts and she also resumes – her most recent run was when defeating Sedanzer in the G3 Belle of the Turf (1600m).
Chris Waller won this race last year with Shillelagh and this year he saddles up Invincibella ($5.50) who’s on the second line of betting with White Moss ($5.50) from the Jason Coyle yard. The flashy grey has won five of her ten starts including a G3.
Spright ($12) showed a glimpse of her old self when winning first-up but she didn’t really fire a shot when eleventh of 16 when second-up. Ghisoni ($10) is a lightly raced five-year-old Godolphin mare who has top weight of 59kg. Nancy ($15) has been somewhat of a frustration for punters but has won two from two at the track while Shazee Lee ($41) has only won three from 17 career starts but two of those wins have been here including last year’s G3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) when defeating Prompt Response at 50-1.
A field of 14 will line up in the Guineas with race favourite Victorem ($2.90) drawn the widest gate. The Jenny Graham-trained gelding has won five from six including a last start Country Championship at Randwick during The Championships.
Montrachet ($8) is having her third career start and is well in the market. Sambro ($5.50) has the one win from 14 career starts but he’s had early support to be the shortest price runner of Waller’s trio. Beau Geste ($8.50) was beaten 2.1L at G3 grade last start while top weight All Too Huiying ($26) put together three straight during the spring and he has raced in some better black type races – and been fairly competitive – as a two-year-old.
Suggested Bet: Roman Son ($2.20, race 9, number 3) is a four-year-old gelding who comes into this off an impressive last start 4L win at Rosehill. He’s drawn well in barrier two, the extra distance shouldn’t be an issue and with a great staying jockey like K McEvoy in the saddle, he can hopefully send the punters home on a winning note.
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