Hawkesbury Best Bet - Race 4 No. 7 Quiet Michael
Luckless in his last two attempts in New Zealand before crossing the ditch and joining the Chris Waller stable, this gelding caught the eye as second behind Yangtze Rapids via his Australian debut on April 21.
While that winner wasn't able go on with it as favourite in a BM78 last Saturday, that performance saw Quiet Michael come into Queensland Derby calculations. currently a $26 chance with many bookmakers including Neds
for that May 29 feature.
To warrant a trip north, the son of Contributer would need to be winning what is quite a thin Maiden with the equal favourite, Captivare having had plenty of chances and he put two and a half lengths on Kahuka at Canterbury, the third Waller runner in the market.
ELITE SAND & SOIL BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Hawkesbury Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 8 Miracle Street
It was only race experience cost this mare via her Hawkesbury debut in December, where she was well backed at a price but was reeled in late by the more professional Geist, a Godolphin filly that's twice been competitive at Group Three level in April.
The four-year-old was able to rebound from that to bolt in via a 1000m Maiden at Kembla Grange before being tipped out and while no public trials ahead of this return, she did come to hand very early in that first campaign off just one 900m hit-out.
Looking as though she can either park outside of Pick The Score or kick up and hold her out from barrier three, Miracle Street will be partnered by gun front-running hoop Tim Clark who will rate her well against many rivals that need luck and will spot them a start.
BLAKES MARINE CLASS 1 HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Hawkesbury Value Bet - Race 8 No. 2 Sam Spade
Defeating a subsequent Group winner Duias in Maiden last winter, albeit over a sprint trip was this returning gelding who did have some strong form lines around his most recent Spring/Summer campaign, especially early in the preparation.
Running into Count De Rupee (now a city winner) first-up that preparation, he was well held into second behind that handy sprinter but in that same November 28 contest, got the better of Oregon (won a strong City Maiden prior to that) and McGeehan, another subsequent city winner.
Beaten a pimple in his last Hawkesbury attempt on December 13, defeating Nuclear Summit in the process (BM78 winner at his next start), Sam Spade resumes with the blinkers off, a change that was in effect via an April 19 trial where he made good late inroads in that 1000m heat.