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Neil Evans' Tips For Hawkesbury (Tuesday)

By Neil Evans

Track Good 4 and rail True

Race 1 PROV & CTRY MAIDEN HCP (1300m):

We open with a tricky maiden, and the rail in the same True position as Saturday's stand-alone meeting. Debutant local Sebring colt 4. Brave Boy is one of only two two-year-olds in the field. Has been taken along slowly at the trials to be prepared for this distance, and draws to find a nice trail.

Dangers: Provincial filly 2. I Survived had trialled nicely before the saddle slipped on debut and she was eased out of the race. By Hallowed Crown, and will be strong late. Trained on the track, expect third-up improvement from 5. Shoeless Joe after a flat run at Nowra; while another first starter, Benfica filly 3. My Belladonna draws well off two progressive trials.

How to play it: Brave Boy each way and trifecta 2,4,5/2,3,4,5/2,3,4,5. Odds and Evens: Split

Race 2 MAIDEN PLATE (1100m):

Keen on Brazen Beau three-year-old 4. Imposing Beau who debuts off a dominant metro trial win.

Dangers: Keep safe 2. Coal Crusher who was strong through the line on debut. Include 3. Finally Realise fresh off two handy trials, and the blinkers removed, if you're playing the exotics.

How to play it: Imposing Beau to win. Odds and Evens: Evens

Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1500m):

Keen on lightly raced filly 7. Kiterro who struck traffic problems at a crucial stage resuming at Kembla before finishing off well. By Pierro, and extra ground shapes as ideal.

Dangers: Improving filly 2. Madam Charm produced a tidy closing effort in that same race, and is drawn to run out this longer trip; while local filly 5. Borsalina is banging on the door fifth-up in her first prep.

How to play it: Kiterro to win. Odds and Evens: Split


Kiterro runs fifth at Kembla Grange on April 17

Race 4 MAIDEN PLATE (1800m):

A few in the mix here. Ex-Kiwi three-year-old 7. Quiet Michael finished off strongly in a handy metro maiden in his first run this side of the Tasman. By a Group 1 Ranvet winner out of a Zabeel mare so bred to get much further, and both bigger track and longer trip here are natural pluses.

Dangers: I Am Invincible three-year-old 4. Captivare is bursting to break through after somehow going under by an eyelash third-up. Drawn further out, with senior metro jockey aboard, and should relish the trip. Lightly raced 6. Kahuka comes out of that race as the top selection, and while better graded here, still needs to improve.

How to play it: Quiet Michael to win. Odds and Evens: Split

Race 5 CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1800m):

Same distance, and very competitive for this grade, although could take on a different look if a couple are saved for Wednesday. Liked how progressive So You Think filly 7. Good Omens has trialled since a dominant maiden win fresh at Kembla when she took over early in the straight and careered away. Carries 2kg less here, and is the one to beat.

Dangers: Expecting staying filly 6. Atonement to bounce back hard second-up over more ground, and significantly down in grade from being out the back in a Listed race at Randwick. Keep safe three-year-old 4. Rock The Bells who has been close-up in BM 64 provincial grade at his last two, and blinkers come off; while watch for 3. Bob running on late.

How to play it: Good Omens to win. Odds and Evens: Split

Race 6 BENCHMARK 64 HCP (1600m):

Tough provincial six-year-old 2. Dashing 'N' Daring can shake off his wet track tag. Has been hitting the line hard all prep, including a last start BM 66 under a hefty 61.5kg, and draws to get good cover before launching that sustained finish.

Dangers: Consistent four-year-old 1. Capri Lane is the obvious threat, although under the odds. Strolled home in a BM 60 at Canberra two runs back before collared late under a big weight at Nowra. Gets some weight relief, but there's some handy ones to hold off here. Keep safe 5. Hidden Hills who draws the inside, and rattled home under a big weight to win a weaker race at Scone; while the rest are probably going around for practice.

How to play it: Dashing 'N' Daring to win. Odds and Evens: Split

Race 7 BENCHMARK 64 (1100m):

Godolphin has found a nice first-up race for handy filly 4. Raison D'Etre off two forward provincial trials. Won impressively fresh last prep before holding her own in much tougher races. Just needs to tuck in from an awkward gate.

Dangers: Big watch on lightly raced colt 3. Kinloch who also returns with blinkers off behind two progressive trials, and swept home for a dominant debut win at the provincials a year ago. Another one resuming, exciting mare 8. Miracle Street careered away to win her maiden at second start in heavy ground; while 5. Pick The Score has early speed, and can box on for a long way. Include 2. Time For Victory in wider exotics from the inside draw.

How to play it: Raison D'Etre to win and quinella 3 and 4. Odds and Evens: Split


Raison D'Etre runs second in a trial on April 19

Race 8 CLASS 1 HCP (1300m):

Lightly raced colt 3. Sirens has plenty of potential, and is well placed fourth-up in his first prep. Finished best to claim his maiden as a hot favourite two starts back before chasing home a couple of handy ones at BM 64 level. Draws to get an ideal run right behind the speed.

Dangers: Resuming three-year-old 5. Astero is a big threat first-up as a gelding off two trials, and with winkers added; while watch for 8. Smart Success running home hard second-up with top metro jockey booked to ride.

How to play it: Sirens to win and box exacta 3,5,8. Odds and Evens: Split

All the fields, form and replays for Tuesday's Hawkesbury meeting

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