2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Betting Tips

This weekend for our NSW racing-fix we head north-west of Sydney to Hawkesbury Racecourse for Hawkesbury Gold Cup Day, the action headed of course by the Hawkesbury Gold Cup 2015.

Rugged Cross

Rugged Cross is the Races.com.au tip to win Saturday’s Hawkesbury Gold Cup 2015. Photo: Steve Hart.

The mile handicap clash runs as Race 6 at 3:20pm (AEST), with an under-capacity field set to run in the $150,000 Group 3 Panthers Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m).

Originally there were 19 final acceptors, 16 assured of a run and three emergencies.

Two from the starting line-up are now scratched with both Laser Hawk and Diademe coming out, and with two emergency runners also withdrawn there are just 15 starters with Lucky Lago the sole fill-in.

Hawkesbury Gold Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au features five single-figure fancies, the tight markets led narrowly by Gai Waterhouse’s High Chaparral five-year-old Ecuador at $6.50.

After spending over a year on the sidelines away from racing, Ecuador returned on April 18 and ran second in the Royal Randwick 100 (1400m), form he’s tipped to build on this weekend back to black-type company.

His major rivals in an open field include the easing Medcaut ($7) who at one time shared the top line of betting, Chris Waller’s market mover Rugged Cross ($7) coming off the Royal Randwick 100 win over a number of these same rivals and the John O’Shea-trained Malice ($7.50) who ran a luckless sixth in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) last time out.

So will one of the best in betting prove the bookies right or is there value in an upset Hawkesbury Gold Cup result from the likes of O’Shea’s Randwick 100 fourth placed San Diego ($9) or Waller’s second-up starter Strawberry Boy ($10) who comes off a fifth in the same race?

1st

#12 Rugged Cross ($7)

Barrier five and Brenton Avdulla for our pick of Waller’s big contingent. The Cape Cross six-year-old improved second-up last start to beat the likes of Ecuador (2nd) and Medcaut (3rd) home narrowly last start over the 1400m at Randwick, and can salute again with the right run. He did it from gate 12 last time out so is tipped for a better run here, dropping a kilo down to the 54kg to boot. There’s rain around he handles the Soft (5-2-2-0) and Heavy (2-2-0-0) conditions like a true mudlark, which could make the difference this weekend.

2nd

#7 Ecuador ($6.50)

Waterhouse’s gelding was impressive last time out when narrowly beaten by Rugged Cross and has definite claims to turn the tables after only a neck separated the pair in the Randwick 100. Stepping up to the 1600m is going to suit him as his form over the distance is good (5-2-2-0). Handles a Soft track without issue (4-2-2-0), but has never raced on Heavy so wouldn’t want too much rain. The last start was his first in over a year so have to expect notable improvement, which makes him a big danger.

3rd

#3 Monton ($26)

For value in the Trifecta Monton catches the eye. Ron Quinton’s veteran eight-year-old has his incredible 60th career run here, and shoots for his maiden second-up run. Was sixth, only 1.2 off the winner in the Randwick 100, which is the form line to follow going to Hawkesbury. Got too far back last time out from an inside alley (two), so 13 is actually going to suit him more on Saturday.

To get behind our Hawkesbury Gold Cup selections at the right price visit Ladbrokes.com.au where your first deposit will be matched 100% up to $250 in bonus bets you can split four ways this autumn – winter season!

Our 2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Trifecta Tip is #12 Rugged Cross from #7 Ecuador and #3 Monton]

1st

#12 Rugged Cross ($7)

Barrier five and Brenton Avdulla for our pick of Waller’s big contingent. The Cape Cross six-year-old improved second-up last start to beat the likes of Ecuador (2nd) and Medcaut (3rd) home narrowly last start over the 1400m at Randwick, and can salute again with the right run. He did it from gate 12 last time out so is tipped for a better run here, dropping a kilo down to the 54kg to boot. There’s rain around he handles the Soft (5-2-2-0) and Heavy (2-2-0-0) conditions like a true mudlark, which could make the difference this weekend.

2nd

#7 Ecuador ($6.50)

Waterhouse’s gelding was impressive last time out when narrowly beaten by Rugged Cross and has definite claims to turn the tables after only a neck separated the pair in the Randwick 100. Stepping up to the 1600m is going to suit him as his form over the distance is good (5-2-2-0). Handles a Soft track without issue (4-2-2-0), but has never raced on Heavy so wouldn’t want too much rain. The last start was his first in over a year so have to expect notable improvement, which makes him a big danger.

3rd

#3 Monton ($26)

For value in the Trifecta Monton catches the eye. Ron Quinton’s veteran eight-year-old has his incredible 60th career run here, and shoots for his maiden second-up run. Was sixth, only 1.2 off the winner in the Randwick 100, which is the form line to follow going to Hawkesbury. Got too far back last time out from an inside alley (two), so 13 is actually going to suit him more on Saturday.

To get behind our Hawkesbury Gold Cup selections at the right price visit Ladbrokes.com.au where your first deposit will be matched 100% up to $250 in bonus bets you can split four ways this autumn – winter season!

Comment

Have your say, post a comment.