Runners to watch: Hawkesbury, April 28th

Shane Adair race reviews, blackbookers and race notes from Saturday's Sydney metro meeting at Hawkesbury.

Race 1 – TAB Highway Handicap  (1100m)

Note – Favourite punters struck the first blow with the hot pot She Knows sitting outside the leader in the run and quickening well in the straight to score well to win comfortably over Kendalman in second who sat midfield and battled on well enough in straight and was a good effort of something a bit easier next start. Roughie Bite The Media ran on from a similar position as Kendalman to run third at $51 and was another solid performance for something a bit easier. Our Rosemaree got a long way out of its ground and was a clear last on turning and ran on soundly to just miss the placings. Going forward it’s all about She Knows who was a clear class above her rivals today and will be winning again soon.

Race 2 – TAB Clarendon Stakes (1300m)

Note – Big win from Graff in this event was three wide from the 800m and looked under a lot of pressure on turning however kept responding in the straight to score narrowly Mickey Blue Eyes how was on the back of Graff turning for home and was every chance to run him down however just found the winner too good.A solid performance on debut and should be improved. Stunts finished third and led comfortably and kicked strongly at the top of the straight however fell in a hole the last 150m to be overhauled. It was his first start at 1300 and possibly didn’t run it out. These three put a bit of margin back to the rest. Orcein was last on turning and probably coming down the wrong part of the straight, however was still a plain effort. Going forward I would stick with Graff I like to see horses respond from pressure and although not the highest class event he dug deep to score.

Race 3 – Blakes Marine Handicap (1300m)

Note – Siren’s Fury from the tail scored in a very tight finish just over 1 length separated the first five. Enjoying the strong pace up front Siren’s Fury sprinted well along the inside to claim the leader in the shadows of the post in what was a strong first up effort. Stonebrook in second was the run of the race the favourite led at a good clip and kicked strongly in the straight only to be claimed in the final 50m. Good effort. Philosophy ran on well from the back to claim third however, was every chance to win the event. King Darci had some excuses trapped wide however didn’t offer a lot in the straight and the rest had their chance to make an impression. Going forward Stonebrook looks ready to win. Well supported in betting today and fought on well on pace.  

Race 4 – Hawkesbury Gazette Handicap (1500m)

Note – Up ‘N’ Rolling who enjoyed a beautiful run midfield and one off the fence in transit sprinted well in the straight to score over Hallelujah Boy who also enjoyed a similar run however found the winner to good. Was a solid effort. Hunter Jack was good on pace holding onto third. Sitting outside the leader and looked to maybe drop out he kept fighting to hold a placing. Bezel was last on turning and cut the corners to narrowly miss the money in what was a solid performance. Taikomochi who was the second favourite led them up and ran out of steam half down the straight. Going forward the winner was given a perfect ride so be wary of a short price next start. I thought the effort of Hunter Jack was pleasing on pace. He kept fighting in the straight to run a place and a good chance in something a bit easier next start.

Race 5 – Hawkesbury Gold Rush (1100m)

Note  – Glenall bounced back to winning form after sitting outside the leader he kicked strongly in the straight to hold off second who was Spending To Win who had the perfect trial just behind the speed just found Glenall a touch to strong. They put a bit of gap back to third who was Kuro, he was solid to the line however never really looked a winning chance. Race favourite Tango Rain led them up and had the winner sitting outside of him however dropped out of winning contention at the 200m.Passage Of Time seemed to peak on his run at 200m and will be better for the effort. Going forward no overly excited about the form of this event both however Glenall back to the Sydney way of going after three runs in Victoria, is a much better horse and the one I want to be with.

Race 6 – Goldolphin Crown (1300m)

Note – Nice victory to Pecans who was first up and sat outside the leader and fought off the challengers in the straight to score narrowly over Ghisoni who sat wide throughout midfield and kicked strongly in the straight to almost overhaul Pecans. Good effort. Invincibella who had betting support didn’t get a lot of clear room in the straight and ran on well to finish third. Course specialist Shazee Lee ran on soundly to finish fourth at big price. White Moss was fair effort leading and being overrun in the final 200m and the effort Sedanzer was a bit plain after enjoying a good run. Also a forgive run from Lubiton trapped wide throughout. Going forward Pecans who raced very well last preparation looks to have come back in good order again and a repeat effort from Ghisoni next start will have him going close.

Race 7 – Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m)

Note – The leaders got away with a good time of it in front so it made it very hard for anything to make up ground. It was Kingsgaurd who sat outside the leader and proved a touch to strong over Ecuador who led them up and kicked well in the straight just found the winner a touch to sharp in the run to the line. Mccreery was a solid third however every possible chance after enjoying a nice run just behind the leaders. Duca Valentinois was a fair effort without impressing and not much else made an impression due to the pace up front just making it too hard. Going forward I’m happy to be with Ecuador who now has had two runs back from a spell and was a little soft in betting and rn a nice race. He is getting close to a win now.

Race 8 – Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m)

Note – Switch the runs and get a different result however it was Sambro who was well ridden and saw daylight from a midfield position at about the 300m and sprinted well to score over the favourite Victorem who raced wide at the tail throughout and came very wide on turning. He sprinted well however the winner just had a softer run which made the difference. These two put a gap back to third who was Beau Geste, he was given a lovely run and every chance for mine to win the race. Warranty was sound on pace leading them up and being run over late. Going forward I want to be with Victorem who was just outgunned late and probably should of won the race.

Race 9 – Provincial Stayer (2100m)

Note – Nice win to the hot pot Roman Son who sat towards the tail, off a solid enough tempo, came wide and let down like a good horse picking them up and winning by almost 3 lengths on the line. Mazaz was second and came from a similar position to the winner however took the rails run so was every possible chance for mine. In third was Mandalay Bay who raced a touch wide early and then sat outside the leader and continued to kick on in the straight to run third at a big price. It was a  good effort for a weaker event next start. Letter To Juliette raced wide throughout so I would be excusing that effort. However, it was all about the winner who set to be winning more races this preparation in this current vain of form.