Raceday focus: Best bets, inside mail for Hawkesbury

Form analyst Shayne O’Cass is keen an a handy mare from the Richard and Michael Freedman to end the day on a high note.

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Race 8, No. 8: SMART SUCCESS

Lightly-raced Dynamic Syndications mare who has barely put a foot wrong in her half dozen starts and was a legitimate eye-catcher first-up.



Team Hawkes mare by I Am Invincible who was runner-to Geist (handy) on debut then thrashed Mashrabiya (handy) and the only other run. Untapped at present.


Race 1, No. 1: BLACKALL

Found a suitable and winnable race to kick off the second campaign and gives the impression the blinkers will make the big difference on Tuesday.


Race 5: 1,4,7,8

Race 6: 1,2,3,5

Race 7: 8

Race 8: 8

Tim Clark has a solid book of rides at Hawkesbury on Tuesday. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


Tim Clark will take some beating in the TAB Jockeys Challenge on Tuesday provided all his mounts show up to run of course.



Blackall is a son of the Magic Millions sale-topper Bull Point and ran a pretty creditable race at his only start at Bathurst back on December 21. His trial was only fair but he looks to have something there and the blinkers could ignite him here. My Belladonna did enough in his latest trial to warrant some attention in an open affair. Gallant Tess’ grandson Brave Boy is a nice type who has trialled well and is of course racing at home which is an obvious advantage. Shoeless Joe, the son of Hasna, has claims.

Bet: Blackall to win


Coal Crusher was in the market on debut and ran a terrific second to the handy True Valentine in a 900m maiden at Newcastle on April 15. The race experience together with the step up to 1100m only boosts his prospects. Imposing Beau was bought for $560,000 at the Melbourne Yearling Sale and looked a million dollars in fact when she won her Rosehill heat by upwards of three-lengths. Poignant was very disappointing at the $1.45 last start but can atone.

Bet: Coal Crusher to win, quinella 2,4

Trainer Joe Pride has a promising type in Coal Crusher who looks tough to beat. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


Madam Charm showed a win was close at hand when she resumed at Kembla last month finishing second (had every chance). Fitter for this and should get all favours again from gate two. Lala Lala land is going to be a huge beneficiary with the added metres on Tuesday. Kiterro is a well-bred filly by Pierro out of the stakes-winning mare Kittens and was a length behind Madam Charm at Kembla at the line. That alone has to being her into contention here.

Bet: Madam Charm to win


Markievicz is by Starspangledbanner out of the Group 3 winner Gabbidon and while she is unplaced in her three runs so far, she has always looked like a horse that would blossom over longer trips. Fit now and this is the ‘easiest’ race she has contested. Waller pair Kahuka and Quiet Michael are crying out for the 1800m and are both coming off encouraging last start placings. The other Waller runner, Captivare, has been disappointing/costly but is in the mix.

Bet: Markievicz to win

Trainer Chris Waller has Good Omens shooting for back-to-back wins at Hawkesbury on Tuesday. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


Good Omens is lightly-raced filly with a future and by So You Think; the grand-dam is Burst. Huge degree of quality in her maiden win at Kembla on April 17 and she was very good in her ‘up to the mark’ trial a week ago. Oakfield Cherokee, the brother to Lucia Valentina, has a giant finish! His win on debut at Grafton was just incredible and the last run at Scone was pretty good too. Rock The Bells is so consistent, Keen Contributer is getting close.

Bet: Good Omens to win


Maher/Eustace entry Capri Lane is a ‘go forward’ type who should be at the peak of his powers now fourth run in. Got a favourable alley and a 2kg claim for Louise day who should really suit the way they want this horse ridden. Dashing ‘N’ Daring is better on ‘soft’ but has won 6 times which is no small feat. Kim Waugh trained Hidden Hills is a son of her bonny mare, the Group 1 placed Kimillsy, but of more important is that Hidden Hills is a last start winner.

Bet: Capri Lane to win

Louise Day partners Capri Lane for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


Miracle Street is an I Am Invincible mare from Team Hawkes who was $13 into $7 on debut but had the misfortune to bump into Geist here that day in December. Fast forward to a few weeks into the new year and she went down to Kembla and absolutely thrashed Geist’s stablemate Mashrabiya. Got the ‘winning draw’ on Tuesday. Kinloch is another I Am Invincible; this Kris Lees’ colt won like a world beater on debut so we know what he is capable of. Lord Zoulander has trialled up well for this. Ditto Raison D’Etre.

Bet: Miracle Street to win, quinella 3,8


Smart Success was kept safe in betting when she resumed in a 1300m Benchmark 64 at Newcastle on April 15 and ran a super race. In short, she drew 12 of 12, was last at the turn but got up to run third and really powered through the line. High Academy would probably win ‘best in show’ on looks and she can run a bit too. She is Hobartville Stud through and through, in fact she is from the same family as the Farm-bred Golden Slipper winner, 1987 Star Watch. What a trial there at Hawkesbury the other day! Sweeping Brook is the value.

Bet: Smart Success to win, quinella 6,8, box trifecta 1,3,6,8

Originally published asHawkesbury tips: Dynamic mare looks a Smart investment

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