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Hawkesbury Review - 01.05.2021
Archedemus winning the 2021 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. (Getty)
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Horses to follow and blackbookers who caught the Blackbook.com.au team's eye at the Hawkesbury Cup Day meeting on May 1.

Race 1 - 11:50AM ST JOHNS PARK BOWLING CLUB 2YO CLARENDON STAKES (1400 METRES)

The late money was all for Hoover Lucy who looked the default leader on the map. Despite coming out of a fast run Maiden and dictating this event, she was no match for Gleneagles who spotted her 4kg.

Recording comfortably fastest last 600m of the Clarendon Stakes (33.81), the son of Capitalist was dominant and was stepping from 1000m to 1400m. A Brisbane campaign with a view towards the Group One JJ Atkins in now planned.

Achira was honest on debut despite finding the 1200m a little short and has improved here at 1400m. She's bred to get over a little further and up to a mile along with a drop to Maiden company can see her breakthrough next start.
Race 2 - 12:25PM BLAKES MARINE BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP (1500 METRES)

A lot of these are close to their mark at 78 grade and with Ruby Tuesday setting up a strong tempo, it played into the hands of the eventual quinella in Steely and Saigon who both had this run to suit.

Although Luvoir did the donkey work, he was a shade disappointing, especially given how easily the gelding accounted for Exoboom fresh. He was a third-up winner last campaign while he did also salute later that preparation over 1800m, so too early to sack at present.

Spencer was completely unsuited fresh at 88 level and stepping up to 1500m with a drop in grade, rallied strongly to grab third on the line from Kirwan's Lane (who was entitled to do a little more). The performance had merit and he can strike this time in.
Race 3 - 1:00PM TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

Golden George was the best horse in the race and staying within striking range of the favourite Charlton Park, was able to reel in the early leader despite spotting her 9kg.

It wasn't the deepest of Highways and I'm not in a hurry to blackbook anything albeit Saintly Sunrise is racing very consistently. He was held-up for much run of the home before launching late for third. Still Class 2 eligible and needs to step back up to a mile.
Race 4 - 1:35PM LIVING TURF BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP (1800 METRES)

While he didn't exactly defeat a high quality field, Kris Lees-trained import Luncies relished the rise to 1800m in his second Australian outing when taking the gap and nailing Savoury over the concluding stages. A winner over 2400m in Europe, he can progress further this campaign.

Although nothing bobbed up in the post-race report, Yangtze Rapids was too bad to be true. He was coming from a Maiden to a 78 albeit there was clearly something amiss here.

Relucent started the campaign strongly then was ordinary third-up. Limited but from a better gate here he finishes at least top three. This second-up showing was an improved one from Mr Gee. A drop in grade with his low rating (68) would suit and he did get stronger as the first prep wore on.
Race 5 - 2:10PM KILLAHY EQUINE HAWKESBURY CROWN (1300 METRES)

Nash Rawiller burst his way clear at the right time aboard Sweet Reply, who has recorded a comfortable win in the Group Three Hawkesbury Crown following an improved performance on April 17.

A lot of these mares appear to be right at their top barring the Athiri, who was resuming and couldn't get a crack at them in the run home. Her trial prior to this was outstanding, so just forget she went around.

Air To Air continues to hit the line well and she's done that yet again, coming all the way from the rear to grab an eye-catching third. Her racing pattern makes her a hard one to follow, however, which the one win from 14 starts further supports.
Race 6 - 2:45PM HAWKESBURY XXXX GOLD RUSH (1100 METRES)

Embracer hadn't raced since last winter and returning as a gelding for the Waterhouse & Bott camp, bolted in here albeit was aided by a slow tempo with just 53kg on his back. 

His second April trial was won in slick time and he clearly has improvement to come. They may look at the Luskin Star Stakes on May 15 and with another strong performance, head north. 

They were coming in at intervals behind the winner, especially after St Covets Spirit in sixth who was arguably the run of the race outside the winner. Racing in restricted room, she'll be better suited getting to 1400m although the one win from 21 starts is the obvious knock.
Race 7 - 3:25PM BLACKTOWN WORKERS CLUB GROUP HAWKESBURY GUINEAS (1400 METRES)

Exoboom rebounded off a somewhat disappointing fresh effort, sitting off the speed and clearly targeted more towards this Hawkesbury Guineas, sustained a wider run than Rainbow Connection, pulling away on the line.

He'll likely contest the Inglis 3yo Guineas at Rosehill on May 15 and with still seemingly on an upwards spiral, should be hard to beat there.

Ellsberg clearly needs things his own way on the speed, which has been evident in his last two victories. Black Duke was a little unlucky, held up until the 200m then was checked when Exoboom rolled in. It didn't affect the result, however.
Race 8 - 4:05PM EVERGREEN TURF HAWKESBURY GOLD CUP (1600 METRES)

The first two home in Archedemus and Royal Celebration were both on the seven day turnaround from the BM100 at Randwick on April 24 with the former turning the tables, and won a second Hawkesbury Cup in the process.

Although it was an improved effort from the third-placed Purple Sector, who may just need a trip now, he was well held. I'm not in a hurry to launch into these any time soon.
Race 9 - 4:45PM HAPPY 70TH EVELYN BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP (1300 METRES)

The inside gate was ultimately the undoing for Grande Rumore, a mare that just wasn't able to build momentum despite when she needed to having the race run to suit. A very impressive Australian debut winner prior to this, I'd be surprised if she wasn't the best horse to come out of this. She'll likely be well found though.

One that might be a price next start is Opacity, a galloper who with no fresh form but should've finished closer here. Held-up an in restricted room for much of the run home, he won second and third-up last autumn/winter before a disappointing spring.

I quite liked the April 20 trial of Serena ahead of this Australian debut and she didn't disappoint, finding the line well for an eventual fifth-placed finish. With a low rating of 74 and perhaps over a little further, she can strike soon.

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