Hawkesbury Guineas 2012 – Preview and Tips

While the major Sydney races may have wrapped up last week, there is still plenty of quality racing in NSW this week with Hawkesbury Racecourse set to host a bumper day that includes the 2012 Hawkesbury Guineas.

Run over 1400 metres, 10 horses will line up in the Listed $150,000 race which stands as the seventh event on a quality eight-race card.

Unbeaten gelding Landing is the odds-on bookmaker.com.au favourite to extend his streak to five wins but there is plenty of other quality in the race.

Included in that is Peter Snowden-trained gelding Pied A Terre who has four wins from seven starts and Sacred Pins who is fresh off a second-place effort to Landing in the South Pacific Classic.

The track is currently rated as dead and with sunshine predicted for the next two days could improve even more by the time of race jump.

Unsure who to back? Never mind, the Races.com.au think tank has been pouring over the form all week and have developed our best predictions for tomorrow’s Hawkesbury feature race.

The Winner

#4 Landing ($1.70)

“Landing will win. He’s a really good horse,” Gai Waterhouse said yesterday and it is hard to aruge with the leading Sydney trainer.

The More Than Ready gelding has been in sensational form in his young career so far, winning all four of his starts by dominant margins including the Listed South Pacific Classic last start.

He looks to be a class above his rivals tomorrow and should win by a large margin again before heading possibly heading to Brisbane for the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap.

The Placings

#1 Pied A Terre ($5.50)

Pied A Terre is coming off an eighth-place effort in the  Group 2 Ajax Stakes but prior to that he was a picture of consistency and is a proven first-up runner.

The Ajax Stakes eighth was the only time the son of Ad Valorem has finished outside the top three from seven starts and if he can overcome his outside barrier draw should feature near the front tomorrow.

Chris Waller-trained Sacred Pins was impressive last star in the South Pacific Classic and would have won had he not come across a red-hot Landing.

With quality rider Blake Shinn in the saddle and a favourable barrier five draw, there is no reason why he can’t again finish in the placings tomorrow.

The Roughie

#3 Uate $14.00

The predicted fine weather will please Uate’s trainer Kris Lees after she showed again last start that he struggles in the wet.

His Gosford Guineas 10th can be attributed to his inability to run in damp conditions and prior to that he showed signs of his early career best when second in the Maurice McCarten Stakes.

A son of Ad Valorem, Uate can fly on his day and if he gets the right run he is value at a whopping $14.00.

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