John O’Shea’s last start Sydney black-type winner Federal is narrow favourite to score back-to-back victories with success in Saturday’s 2015 Hawkesbury Guineas.
The Medaglia D’Oro gelding is one of a dozen three-year-olds still in the mix for this weekend’s $150,000 Group 3 Blacktown Workers Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) following the early withdrawal of Mandalong Kiss who had the outside alley.
In-form young gun Federal is also drawn in double digits with jockey James McDonald riding him from gate 10, the horse last seen with McDonald guiding him to victory in the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) run on a Heavy (8) track at Randwick on April 11.
With continued wet weather in Sydney Federal is likely to get another rain-affected track on the weekend, which suits the consistent and versatile up-and-comer just fine.
Federal pays $3.80 after easing out from $3.50 in the latest Hawkesbury Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au and is followed very closely by Rekindled Power ($4) drawn in gate seven for jockey Brenton Avdulla.
Paul Messara’s Redoute’s Choice colt shoots for just his second win, his first being in October last year when beating Inauguration by three and a half lengths over 1400m at Bendigo, at career start number six.
Rekindled Power resumed racing in much tougher company when a brave third beaten under a length by the winner Delectation in the $585,750 Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m), and is sure to appreciate the drop back in class as he rises up to the 1400m.
The Hawkesbury Guineas betting market mover is then Najoom in from $5 to $4.60 to continue a red hot streak of form for trainer Gai Waterhouse.
The Northern Meteor filly has won three of her five starts to date, those three wins recorded in succession before her last start second on April 23 over 1200m on a Heavy (8) track at Canterbury.
Also under $10 for the Guineas win this weekend on Hawkesbury Gold Cup Day are Ygritte ($8) and Anyass ($9) both coming off a run of top three runs.
Gerald Ryan has to be happy with the lead-up form of his Snitzel filly Ygritte who beat Federal home by a length when the duo ran the quinella two back in the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m).
She was then third to Federal in the South Pacific Classic last time out and should be improving on that now she’s had a look at the 1400m.
Anyass meanwhile represents David Vandyke in the race, the Commands filly looking for a fourth win at start number nine.
She was in Group 3 company last time out at Royal Randwick when second only three-quarters of a length off Slightly Sweet in a brave Group 3 James Carr Stakes (1400m) performance over the same distance she gets a crack at this weekend.
Other notable Hawkesbury Guineas hopes at more generous prices for an upset in Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEST) include Peter & Paul Snowden’s returning gelding Proactive ($13) who is still a maiden after five runs and Ryan’s other runner Bachman ($17) out to atone for a seventh to Dublin Lass last time out over 1200m.
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