The in-form John O’Shea-trained gelding Handfast has opened clear favourite to take out the Hawkesbury Guineas 2016 on Gold Cup Day this Saturday.
Due to jump as Hawkesbury Race 8 at 4:15pm (AEST) as the penultimate event on the nine-race program, this season’s $200,000 Group 3 Blacktown Workers Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) features a field of 11 three-year-olds.
Heading the latest Hawkesbury Guineas betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.45 and firming for the win is the Godolphin-raced son of Street Cry Handfast.
One of Sydney’s best James McDonald is booked for the ride from barrier five on Saturday, Handfast shooting for his fourth win from five starts this time in.
Last start the consistent youngster enjoyed a one and three-quarter length win at Randwick in the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) with McDonald aboard and so shoots for back-to-back Black-Type wins over the distance this weekend.
Second favourite in the current Hawkesbury Guineas odds at $5.50 is Spill The Beans out in gate 10 with Tim Clark staying aboard the Gerald Ryan-trained Snitzel colt.
Spill The Beans won the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) first-up in early February before a fourth to Group 1 winner, the since retired Press Statement in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).
His latest assignment was an eighth to another Chris Waller-trained Group 1 winner when beaten four and a half lengths by Japonisme on April 9 in the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m).
Equal third favourites and the last of the single figure fancies at $6.50 each for the win are New Zealand raider No More Tears and the David Pfieffer-trained fellow filly Denmagic drawn in barriers six and three respectively.
Stephen Marsh’s daughter of Darci Brahma No More Tears has had two runs down under including a brave second to Yattarna on April 16 in the Group 3 James Carr Stakes (1400m) she is out to improve on.
Denmagic is a graduate of the same race, the Denman filly having run fifth just over a length off the winner.
The next best fancied at the more generous price of $14 are the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained stablemates Serene Majesty and Suspense.
Fastnet Rock filly Serene Majesty comes off a third to Saturday’s favourite Handfast when beaten five lengths as a $31 roughie in the South Pacific Classic, the three-year-old also a Group 3 winner over 1200m in Melbourne from the spring.
Suspense has Blake Shinn aboard this weekend, the Keano gelding having won all but one of his five starts to date when seventh in the South Pacific earlier in the month in his first look at further than 1200m.
Team Snowden have also accepted for $21 outsider Denpurr (4) who ran ninth in the James Carr last start.
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