Off two solid Sydney efforts to begin her summer preparation, the drop back to Provincial level here third-up looks the right recipe for this filly to record a breakthrough victory.
After just missing first-up, she again found the line strongly on January 22 behind Eight Diamonds, and at 34.99, comfortably recorded the fastest last 600m of a Maiden that did stack up well for that Canterbury program (five lengths faster than the other Maiden/almost four lengths faster than the smart April Rain who won again on Saturday).
Although likely to get back in this small field, Latin Lyric has comfortably the best form lines for the opener from Hawkesbury and on a circuit where they can generally make ground, she does look very hard to beat.
PINK FINSS CHARITY CG&E MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Hawkesbury Each-Way Bet - Race 4 No. 10 Legal Challenge
In a wide-open affair outside of the short favourite Green Kudos, who should be able to cross and lead, this race does present some each-way contenders and off a forgivable first campaign, Legal Challenge is in that category.
The son of Star Witness was competitive over five runs as an early three-year-old and while he did show some glimpses of potential, we didn't get to see him let down on some very testing surfaces and was three-wide the trip in his sole Provincial appearance, safely held by Harmony Rose (won her next start before placing in town).
There was only half a length separating this gelding and the promising Dhakuri in that Kembla Grange event, a Godolphin galloper who subsequently won a city Maiden before placing behind a Group Three winner and off a nice trial, Legal Challenge can figure fresh.
KILLAHY EQUINE BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Hawkesbury Value Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Donandkim
This four-year-old has been very competitive without winning this campaign but now dropping in grade from Benchmark 72 level in Sydney to a Provincial 64, he gets his chance now in a very winnable race.
Trained by the partnership of Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou, who have prepared four Hawkesbury winners this season (26.7% strike rate), Donandkim caught the eye for third last start on January 22, recording the fastest last 600m (34.50) of that 1550m event from Canterbury in the process.
With now four 1500m-1600m efforts under his belt, there is a nice platform for this gelding to run out the 1800m of Tuesday's assignment and getting relief from the 2kg Brandon Griffiths claim along with drawing well in five, he's ticking plenty of boxes at an each-way price.