THE ROYAL RICHMOND HOTEL 2YO FILLIES MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 2)
Hawkesbury Value Bet - Race 2 No. 3 Completion
KEARNEY RACING BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP Tips (Race 3)
Hawkesbury Next Best Bet - Race 3 No. 2 Relucent
While the winning strike rate isn't flash, it is worth noting this gelding won a Benchmark 78 last November before it was taken away on protest and handed to stable mate Accountability, who was favourite in quite a strong 88 following that and he'd be an odds-on favourite in this.
By Savabeel and out of the dam Bright, a half-sister to two Group One winners (Diademe and Embellish), Relucent was building towards a VRC Derby in that first racing campaign, finishing fourth in the 2019 edition before breaking his Maiden first-up last year.
For this third-up assignment over 2100m, his campaign to date has been terrific where after a very competitive fresh effort over 1400m, stepped up to a mile at Warwick Farm where he was inconvenienced in the run home and should've finished much closer to Blesk, who had some handy prior form.
MYRTLE HOUSE STABLES 3&4YO BENCHMARK 72 HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Hawkesbury Best Bet - Race 4 No. 2 Majestic Shot
Paying only $11,000 for her as a yearling, this unbeaten filly looks yet another savvy purchase by the Grand Syndicates team and now recording two comfortable victories in this second preparation, steps up to a Metroplitan Benchmark 72 on Wednesday.
While it was only an Orange Maiden victory on debut, she did manage to comfortably account for Old Harbour there, a galloper who has now won four races including the $150,000 Mudgee Country Qualifier heat on February 28 and after missing the start, her second victory had more merit after missing the start.
Majestic Shot was taken on early via her latest performance at Gosford yet still managed to sprint hard late, putting a big margin on her rivals and although this is a little harder, the depth of this line-up is questionable while her main threat Pinnacle Prince is first-up of what was only a fair trial.
BRAD WIDDUP RACING F&M BENCHMARK 72 HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Hawkesbury Roughie - Race 6 No. 7 Twice As Special
This four-year-old is going better than her recent form reads and hard fit now in a typically competitive Mare's race, she's not without claims for a top three or four finish at big odds.
She stuck on well first-up at Canterbury in a leader dominated affair behind Brazen Gem, who had bolted in the start prior and the runner-up Invincible Kiss has continued to hold her form, placing in a Benchmark 78 the start following and prevailed in a feature Muswellbrook sprint via her latest attempt.
Although a little outclassed second-up, that March 10 event was run in good time and has produced recent Group Three winner Matchmaker while on March 31, Twice As Special was badly held-up at the 150m before switching back to the inside, which no doubt cost her some ground.