Rail: +3m 1100m-400m, +2m 400m-Winning Post, True remainder
Weather: Sunny and warm
Track Condition: Good 4
Track Expectations: A dry surface for racing at Hawkesbury, with the rail out giving slight assistance to the leaders but no insurmountable bias present.
A staying event with little recent winning form. Brilliant Mind can find the front and may be battle-hardened by the tough Gosford effort. A similarly tough performance from Cool One last start gives her a chance as well.
Verdict: Brilliant Mind
Rigel was solid chasing home a well-supported leader at this track and trip first up. She has the chance to settle close in a race without much natural speed, with Best Stone also receiving on-pace favours.
If you forgive his Kensington flop prior to a spell, Aussie’s prior form inspires confidence in this event. He showed ability in quality 2yo events and can lead this from barrier 2. Super Oasis has clear talent but lots of chasing to do from the back.
In a race of mixed form, the best of The Snooperstar is as good as we’ve seen from any of them. If he holds a position from the inside alley he won’t have as uch work to do chasing Zakat, who is intriguingly switched back from 1600m.
Verdict: The Snooperstar
Giselle Anne has been long threatening to win, and this is as winnable as any. But racing alongside her on-pace will be Diamonds And Rust, a filly who has been given many trials by the Waterhouse/Bott yard and run into two good ones. Respect any money.
Verdict: Diamonds And Rust
Katgully Red drops back to five furlongs after two efforts of merit over further at city meetings. He’s the one to catch but Queen Ablaze up in trip, Gimme Shelter back on dry ground and Paris In May from the low draw are all dangers.
Verdict: Katgully Red
Commute found one better last start but this is suitable company and she can hold a forward position from the draw. Handfast is well poised to capitalise on any early pressure from a number of fast starters.
Magnificently was beaten by a smart customer at this venue last start – the market was onto that one. The filly did it tough and has a fitness base for the mile now. King Hewitt is a serious danger after three promising metro runs this prep.