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A host of Group 3 features headline the Sydney racing action at Hawkesbury Racecourse this weekend including the 2015 Darley Crown, betting tips for the fillies-and-mares’ feature detailed below.
There is a capacity 14 runners plus an emergency accepted in the field for Saturday’s $150,000 Group 3 Darley Crown 2015 (1300m), the co-favourites of which are Peron and Rose Of Choice paying $5.50 each through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Peter Moody’s Husson mare Peron ran 12th in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley two back before an improved fifth behind Avoid Lightning, a Group 1 hope in Adelaide on the weekend, in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m).
Rose Of Choice meanwhile represents Peter & Paul Snowden, the fellow five-year-old resuming here having last been seen running fifth over 1550m at Canterbury back in December.
Like Peron who has won three from four over the 1300m, Choisir mare Rose Of Choice has a gun record over Saturday’s distance with two wins and a third from three previous starts.
Just two other runners are paying under $10 for the win in the Darley Crown this year with market mover My Sabeel ($9 into $6) and Solicit ($9.50).
The money has been steady for the widely-drawn My Sabeel, Kevin Moses’s Savabeel seven-year-old in the outside gate and needing to improve on her last start seventh behind Catkins in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 28.
Solicit meanwhile is drawn in 10 for jockey Tye Angland, Gerald Ryan’s Street Cry four-year-old shooting for her fifth win at start number 21 and last seen bumming out when walking home in a Group 3 over a mile at Randwick on March 7.
So should punters stick with one of the Darley Crown’s single-figure hopes or is there value to be found further down the markets this year from the likes of Kris Lees’ Sapphire Stakes third placed Fine Bubbles ($12) or even the Chris Waller-trained Mamwaazel ($26) who won the Group 3 Belle Of The Turf at Gosford in early January?
#6 Peron ($5.50)
Peron’s Sapphire run for fifth was solid last time out and she’s on the improve heading into this over the extra distance where she’s got a great record of three-from-four over 1300m. She was luckless not to finish closer to the winner in the Sapphire, and looks ready to peak with the gun barrier four draw giving Tommy Berry any run in the race he wants. She does prefer to settle back and run on, but that’s also an option here, and she’s classy.
#3 Fine Bubbles ($12)
Double figures are a good offer for this five-year-old who still has a shot even from the horror barrier. She ran third in good company in the Sapphire last time out and was beaten only two lengths after jumping from a similarly wide draw so can finish off well again here. It will be a challenge from the double figure draw, but with the right run and the right luck she can snap up her first win since the Group 3 Tibbie Stakes at Newcastle last September.
#9 Peace Force ($14)
Another nicely-priced hope, Gerald Ryan’s Bernardini five-year-old won three on the trot last summer before a January 9 run when a nose away second to Mamwaazel in the Belle Of The Turf at Gosford. That was over a mile, and while she’s yet to run top three over 1300m, first-up off a few month break the distance should suit. The track certainly does as she’s run second in both her previous Hawkesbury assignments, and she goes well fresh with good first-up (4-1-1-0) and second-up (4-2-2-0) records.
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