Fri, Apr 28, 10:24am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing heads to the provincials on Saturday for Hawkesbury’s standalone meeting. The track will be in the good range, a reading that hasn’t been seen in Sydney for quite some time.
The Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) has attracted a capacity field with four runners to line up for Godolphin. Spectroscope ($5) is having his fourth Australian start, winning his first two before finishing midfield in the G1 Doncaster (1600m) last start. Duca Valentinois ($10) and Moher ($11) are both second-up and are both down on the 53kg limit. Duca Valentinois has drawn 17 with Tom Berry in the saddle while Moher will jump from barrier two, K McEvoy to ride. Duca Valentinois was a half-length second to Kellyville Flyer a fortnight ago with Moher eighth in the same race but he has three placings from four starts when second-up. Havana Cooler ($13) (Josh Parr) is first-up from a break and was a winner last campaign when fresh.
Fabrizio ($7) was a drifting favourite in the Kellyville Flyer race and finished twelfth of 13 beaten ten lengths. He’s trialled since – and won – and is two from three when second-up. Ruling Dynasty ($16) flashed home in that race and lines up here while Kellyville Flyer ($13) – who’s drawn the widest gate – comes off that win and a third to Happy Clapper in the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket (1400m) prior.
Vanbrugh ($12) was a G3 winner over 2000m during the spring and is one of three runners for Chris Waller – Marenestro ($11) and Beyond Thankful ($34) his other two. Pajaro ($15) is second-up but might be a ‘run short’ for Saturday, Mighty Lucky ($12) will carry top weight of 59kg while Auvray ($41) will be having his first start for trainer Richard Freedman who has recently begun a small training operation in the Hawkesbury area.
The three-year-olds do battle in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) with James Cummings’ Good Standing ($8) allocated top weight of 59kg although he is also an acceptor in Queensland. Spright ($4.80) put together three straight wins during the spring and might enjoy being back on firmer footing after a third, eighth and fourth this time in – all in Group 2 company. Calanda ($4.80) is second-up and has three wins and two placings from his five career starts. Lincoln Blue ($16) is an ex-New Zealand colt having his first start under Chris Waller. Caerless Choice ($13) met defeat for the first time in five starts when fourth in the Country Championships (1400m) at Randwick while Calabasas ($14) is ultra-consistent with one win and six placings coming from his 11 career starts.
A full field of 14 plus three emergencies have accepted for the Group 3 Godolphin Crown (1300m) with Kinshachi ($14) and Maternal ($11) lining up for the race sponsors. Kinshaci is first-up after winning three from four last campaign while Maternal comes off a last start 2.5L win at Sandown over this distance.
Sweet Redemption ($6) is a well-travelled mare with starts in five states already in her 19-race career. She’s five wins and nine placings in total with two minors from four first-up runs. Daysee Doom ($4.60) has two placings and a fourth from her three runs this preparation with five wins from ten career starts all up.
Team Snowden will take Artistry ($3.80), Serene Majesty ($12) and Brigadoon Rise ($23) into the race and all are third-up from a spell. Brigadoon Rise comes off a last start victory while Artistry was a winner first-up, and third at her most recent run. Chris Waller will also saddle up three with Tsaritsa ($18) and Shillelagh ($14) both fourth-up and yet to run a place this campaign while Elle Lou ($17) has two wins from six starts this preparation – and should enjoy the drop in grade from Group 1 company last start.
Suggested Bet: Back Maternal at $11 each way
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