Laser Hawk Heads 2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Field

Joe Pride’s Group 1 placed miler Laser Hawk is the top weight for Saturday’s Hawkesbury Gold Cup 2015 giving the weight advantage away in the handicap feature this weekend.

Laser Hawk

Laser Hawk carries the top weight in Saturday’s 2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup field this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Hawkesbury’s stand-alone feature meeting is host to a triple shot of Group 3 racing action including the day’s marquee race, the $150,000 Group 3 Panthers Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) running as Race 6 at 3:20pm (AEST).

A capacity field of 16 starters plus three emergencies is accepted for this autumn, Artie Schiller five-year-old Laser Hawk heading the field and weights with 59kg.

He is drawn in gate nine, which becomes eight with the emergencies out, and a jockey is still to be announced for last year’s Group 1 George Main stakes third placegetter.

First-up winner of the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) on March 14, Laser Hawk is out to atone for his distant 13th when failing to beat home any of his rivals in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick last time out.

He has an easier field to defeat here, is up over a mile and will appreciate getting out of the major city tracks for the lucrative clash.

The best represented trainer in this year’s Hawkesbury Gold Cup field with a bumper seven final acceptors is Chris Waller.

The highest-rated of his contingent is German import Flamingo Star (58.5kg) in gate 10 for Jason Collett.

A super-consistent Aerion stallion, the five-year-old debuts in Australia this weekend and hasn’t raced since scoring back-to-back Group 3 wins over 1700m and 1600m respectively in Europe last October.

January’s Magic Millions Cup runner-up at the Gold Coast Strawberry Boy (57.5kg) and last start Group 3 Manion Cup (2400m) third placed veteran Bagman (56.5kg) are the next heaviest-weighted of Waller’s team, the duo drawn wide in barriers 15 and 14 respectively.

Waller then has four horses getting in on the 54kg minimum on Saturday including the returning Multilateral in gate three for Kathy O’Hara and his last start Royal Randwick 100 winner Rugged Cross.

Jumping from barrier six this weekend with Brenton Avdulla retaining the ride, imported Cape Cross six-year-old Rugged Cross improved on a disappointing first-up effort at Mornington in late March to beat home Ecuador on a Soft (6) Sydney track leading up to the Hawkesbury Cup.

He drops a kilo from his 55kg winning weight that day, and will also appreciate a better draw after doing it from 12 of 12 at Randwick as a 26/1 shot.

Second and third past the post behind Rugged Cross in the Randwick 100 over1400m last time out, Ecuador and Medcaut are also confirmed acceptors in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup rematch.

Gai Waterhouse saddles-up High Chaparral five-year-old Ecuador on Saturday in barrier 12 with Tye Angland booked for the ride, the gelding boasting a nice record over the mile (5-2-2-0).

He was also beaten just a neck first-up last time out, which was Ecuador’s first run since finishing fourth in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) over a year earlier.

Waterhouse has also accepted for the widely-drawn Pheidon (18) who is first-up here and last seen running last (16th) to Moriarty in Perth’s Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) last December, and the last emergency Frespanol (16).

Medcaut meanwhile is one of three in the mix for Godolphin’s private trainer John O’Shea, Tommy Berry riding the in-form Commands four-year-old from an advantageous barrier four draw.

The gelding has a solid record to date (16-5-3-3), including a previous win at this track and distance in May last year, and should be ready to strike third-up in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

O’Shea’s two other representatives are smart Teofilo four-year-old Malice who James McDonald rides and San Diego jumping one inside of Malice from barriers eight and seven respectively.

Malice won back-to-back Rosehill races last November and returned with a nice Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) second in March before a sixth on April 18 in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m), while San Diego comes off a fourth to Rugged Cross.

See below for the full Hawkesbury Gold Cup 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Hawkesbury Race 6 (3:20pm) – 05/02/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 20x8830x10 LASER HAWK Joseph Pride TBA 9 59kg 106
2 x53241411x FLAMINGO STAR (GER) Chris Waller Jason Collett 10 58.5kg 105
3 52120944×6 MONTON Ron Quinton Christian Reith 13 58kg 104
4 200x1332x5 STRAWBERRY BOY Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 15 57.5kg 103
5 3×24741918 DIADEME (NZ) Bjorn Baker TBA 17 57kg 106
6 11335×7093 BAGMAN Chris Waller Joshua Parr 14 56.5kg 101
7 1126x114x2 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tye Angland 12 55kg 98
8 x515211x26 MALICE John O’Shea James McDonald 8 55kg 98
9 6x9461320x PHEIDON Gai Waterhouse Thomas Huet 18 55kg 98
10 3408412530 SURPASS (NZ) Michael Moroney Brodie Loy (a) 11 54.5kg 97
11 76x606148x MULTILATERAL (USA) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 3 54kg 96
12 4727120×91 RUGGED CROSS (GB) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 6 54kg 96
13 3x683999x0 VILANOVA (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1 54kg 93
14 4x03212x13 MEDCAUT John O’Shea Tommy Berry 4 54kg 90
15 620x8x1374 SAN DIEGO John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 7 54kg 88
16 220x89677x DANCHAI (GB) Chris Waller Jeff Penza 2 54kg 87
17e x3553x9x78 LUCKY LAGO Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 19 54kg 87
18e 18727×8428 EVANGELIST (GB) Tony McEvoy TBA 5 54kg 85
19e 0x11535x34 FRESPANOL Gai Waterhouse TBA 16 54kg 78


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