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One of the key support races on the Hawkesbury Gold Cup Day program this weekend is the Hawkesbury Guineas 2015, betting tips for the three-year-olds’ showdown found right here.
The set weights plus penalties clash runs as Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEST) and the field for the $150,000 Group 3 Blacktown Workers Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) is down to 11 after the early scratching of Mandalong Kiss (13) and Like Xena (2).
The latest Hawkesbury Guineas betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are a wide open affair with two three-year-olds batting for favouritism – Federal ($3.70) on the drift and Rekindled Power ($3.80) firming in.
Drawn in gate nine for James McDonald to ride, John O’Shea’s Medalia D’Oro gelding Federal shoots for back-to-back wins after success in the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) on a Heavy (8) Randwick track on April 11.
Rekindled Power meanwhile has Brenton Avdulla in the saddle and is second-up after Paul Messara’s Redoute’s Choice colt finished third in the prestigious Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Stakes (1200m) last time out.
Also in the mix and boasting strong claims for the win are the likes of genuine market mover Najoom ($4.40), Gosford Guineas winning filly Ygritte ($8.50) who has beaten Federal but may be sus at 1400m and Anyass ($8.50) in barrier two.
So who do you back and who do you sack in the Hawkesbury Guineas this year?
#3 Rekindled Power ($3.80)
Plenty to like about the firming second pick in the market who looks prime for this race. He put in a massive effort first-up last time out and will be fitter for the third in the $500,000 Group 2 at Randwick. That was run a Heavy (8), his first look at rain-affected ground, and proving he could handle that also bodes well with rain around all this weekend. He’s also got a win under his belt so doesn’t have to shrug the maiden tag, so plenty to suggest the 1400m from a midfield gate will be enough for the win.
#9 Anyass ($8.50)
The fillies in this have genuine claims, including David Vandyke’s daughter of Commands who is drawn a treat in gate two for Christian Reith to ride. She has a solid career record so far (8-3-2-1), including a brave second when under a length off the winner Slightly Sweet last time out in the Group 3 James Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. That form can stack up, and looks the type to get through the mud as well.
#10 Najoom ($4.40)
Money is coming for Waterhouse’s runner who opened at $5, Tommy Berry sticking with the daughter of Northern Meteor who he has ridden for four of her five starts. She’s yet to finish worse than second past the post with a trio of wins and two seconds on the record, the latest start on a Heavy (8) at Canterbury on April 23 giving her just over a week between runs but the form in the wet punters might need to be looking for at the meeting.
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