Hawkesbury Race Club’s major autumn meeting will be run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday as it joins with Australian Turf Club to host the provincial club’s 14th annual stand-alone feature meeting.
The Group 3 $160,000 Chalker Accountants Hawkesbury Gold Cup and Group 3 $160,000 Blacktown Workers Club Group Hawkesbury Guineas headline a big day of Group and black type racing, with 121 entries across an eight-race card.
Saturday’s meeting coincides with ANZAC Day, which both clubs through SKY Racing telecasts will acknowledge shortly after 12.30pm and before race 1 to honour veterans and lost servicemen and servicewomen.
Jockeys on horses in each race wearing the number 1 saddlecloth on Saturday will carry special commemorative ANZAC Day silks, with several races on the card also named in honour of Australia and New Zealand’s ANZAC history.
The Chalker Accountants Hawkesbury Gold Cup is one of Australia’s oldest races, first run in 1871 and is just 10 years younger than the Melbourne Cup. Hawkes Racing-trained and Tommy Berry ridden Amangiri is the early $4.80 TAB favourite in a wide-open betting market.
James Cummings-trained Goldolphin runner Gaulois is a $7 second favourite for jockey Hugh Bowman, ahead of Live and Free ($7.50) for trainer John O’Shea and jockey Glen Boss. The next five runners sit from $8 to $12 on TAB Fixed Odds markets.
The Group 3 $160,000 Blacktown Workers Club Group Hawkesbury Guineas features another open betting market. Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup’s filly Icebath is the $5 TAB early favourite for jockey Glen Boss as she looks to avenge an unlucky last start second to Indy Car ($5.50), trained by Anthony Cummings and to be ridden by Tommy Berry.
Eleven Eleven ($8) is third market pick for trainer Greg Hickman and jockey Nash Rawiller, with another six runners next in the market at $8.50 to $15.
The Group 3 $140,000 Killahy Equine Hawkesbury Crown has attracted another strong 15-horse field, with In Her Time ($3.70) the early TAB favourite for trainer Kris Lees and jockey Hugh Bowman ahead of Bangkok for trainer Alan Denham and jockey Robbie Dolan ($4.80).
A full field of 16 runners is entered for the Listed $112,000 Hawkesbury XXXX Gold Rush, with Kris Lees and High Bowman combining on the opening $4.40 TAB favourite Graff.
The Rosehill Gardens track was rated a Good 4 on Thursday morning, with a track report video available below.
Hawkesbury Race Club Chief Executive, Ken Rutherford, said Saturday’s card had attracted high quality and large fields: “We are delighted to join with the Australian Turf Club to be able to run our feature meeting of the year during these challenging times around NSW and the rest of the country," Mr Rutherford said.
“Although this Saturday is a different venue for our Club, the quality of the fields have again ensured that one of the iconic days of Provincial racing in NSW holds plenty of interest.
“The Hawkesbury-trained Icebath looks a huge chance in the Blacktown Workers Club Group Hawkesbury Guineas, a race that has uncovered future champions including Chautauqua in 2014.”
Australian Turf Club Chairman, Matthew McGrath, said: “As the principal race club in NSW, the Australian Turf Club is pleased to join Hawkesbury Race Club this Saturday in the best interests of the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry."