Thursday Racing Tips: Hawksbury Best Bets - 22nd August

The Hawkesbury card has attracted some pretty strong talent with a number of these horses primed for big spring campaigns.

Tue, 20 Aug, 12:00 AM

For a Thursday program, Hawkesbury has attracted a number of talented gallopers as well as some of the leading trainers in the country. Our best of the day is trained by Brad Widdup and flew home at Canterbury after being last on the turn. Not many horses can do what she did on debut so we are banking on her going one better here. Outside of that, Team Snowden has a couple of strong chances including one that has always had big raps on him but hasn’t been able to salute – yet.

Hawkesbury is racing on a Good 4 with the rail in the true.

Hawkesbury Race 1 - 12:50PM Ryda & one80tc Prov & Ctry Maiden Handicap (1300 Metres)

Can’t see DARLING POINT (BEST BET) being beaten although you will have to take short odds. The Lohnro filly had the flashing light all over here after she rattled home on debut at Canterbury on June 19, coming from last at the turn to be nosed out by Betcha Flying on the line. This is 200m longer which definitely suits her while James McDonald, who rode her in a recent trial win, takes the mount. Top rated!

1st: No4 DARLING POINT 2nd: No1 War Cabinet; 3rd: No9 Stellar Blaze; 4th: No7 Estroverto

Hawkesbury Race 2 - 1:25PM Hawkesbury Liquor Accord 3YO Maiden Handicap (1000 Metres)

LEO is ready to break his maiden status. A handy youngster out of the Peter and Paul Snowden barn, he flashed home and was nosed out of the finish last time out at Kembla Grange when Courageous got the verdict. Has finished in the placings at two of three career runs and has been near the tail in all three. Draws his best barrier to date (one) here and should settle a lot closer. Will be prominently placed throughout.

1st: No1 LEO 2nd: No3 Acumen; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No10 Bellarine; 4th: No6 Ranges

Hawkesbury Race 3 - 2:05PM Robert Oatley Maiden Plate (1100 Metres)

Is this the day ROME (NEXT BEST BET) gets win number one on the board? The Team Snowden colt is first-up but was ready to race at Canterbury last month when scratched at the barriers as a very popular pick. Ran second to the talented duo of Sun City and Pin Sec (G3 Black Opal) last season while he was fourth to Dubious in the Breeders Plate. Has had a couple of trials to get ready for this. Love the appointment of Nash Rawiller too who rode the son of Pierro to third in a recent trial at Randwick. Including.

1st: No8 ROME 2nd: No7 Montserrat; 3rd: No2 Maggie Miss; 4th: *SCRATCHED* No11 Bollywood

Hawkesbury Race 5 - 3:15PM Bird In The Hand Inn Maiden Plate (1300 Metres)

Talented filly *SCRATCHED* FLING can bounce back in this and we getting a pretty good price about her too! The daughter of All Too Hard was disappointing when a beaten fav on the Pakenham Synthetic first-up three weeks back but will be fitter for the outing. Jockey (Jamie Kah) stated afterwards that she may not have handled the surface while it was stated that Fling was also in season at the time of racing. Total forgive in our eyes. Go off what we saw last season when third to La Tene in the VRC Sires and the runner-up (Dalasan) has franked the form by beating Scales Of Justice in the Group 3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville last Saturday. Give another go.

1st: *SCRATCHED* No13 FLING 2nd: No8 Nuclear Summit; 3rd: No9 Sciconic; 4th: No1 Eighth Immortal

Hawkesbury Race 7 - 4:25PM Polytrack Rowley Mile (1600 Metres)

GAULOIS will give you a run for your money in the feature sprint of the day. The James Cummings runner is honest as anything, winning five times placing on 15 occasions from 26 starts. Flashed home from last in the Winter Challenge last start when fourth to Seaway and prior to that ran Eckstein to a narrow margin in the Winter Stakes. Maps to get back to midfield in running from gate three but with the in-form Tim Clark on board, this five-year-old is bursting to win another race and may well finish off too well for his rivals here. The one to beat.

1st: No4 GAULOIS 2nd: No7 Supernova; 3rd: No1 Duca Valentinois; 4th: No6 All Too Soon

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