BLACKTOWN WORKERS CLUB GROUP 4YO & UP MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 5)
Hawkesbury Value Bet - Race 5 No. 5 Sabino
After a nice, but quiet trial in a decent heat at Randwick on July 19, this gelding made his debut over the 1000m at Gosford and not much went his way in that first race day assignment, racing three-wide throughout on what is a tight and turning circuit.
He still managed to hold off the fast-finishing Roam Free, a mare who franked that form with a breakthrough win at Kembla Grange last week and over the 1300m, there'll naturally be that little less tempo early which should help Sabino roll across.
The astute yard of Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou have stuck with the son of Zoustar as a rising four-year-old who hadn't raced, so there must be at least some opinion of this galloper and with any improvement off that brave debut, he can go close on Tuesday.
LANDER TOYOTA CLASS 1 HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Hawkesbury Best Bet - Race 6 No. 1 Armatree
This son of Vancouver was well supported via his debut on the Randwick-Kensington circuit in May last year where he sustained a wide run from the rear for an eventual fourth-placed finish, building from that to produce a tough win at start two in early June.
Armatree had one further run in December, finishing third to Private Eye (subsequent Group winner) and while he had a slight setback, his July 19 trial at Hawkesbury was faultless in the fastest 1000m heat that morning.
In a muddling 1150m event on return at the midweeks, the first-up performance was a pass mark and back to a 1300m Provincial Class 1 here, carries the same weight in a contest where the main threat is Socrates, a rival that will get over more ground.
DE BORTOLI WINES METRO & PROV MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Hawkesbury Value Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Sing A Love Song
Last campaign as a two-year-old, this colt almost finished next to Home Affairs at Group level (Silver Slipper winner) and prior to that, should've been a little closer to Remarque on January 16, who is one of the boom three-year-old's in the early season.
A younger sibling to Group Two winning milers Ninth Legion and Tsaritsa, the step up to 1400m for the first time should have suited Sing A Long Song who was favourite when coming back to a midweek Maiden, but simply, I think he'd just had enough for the campaign come then.
Although he is resuming at 1100m and for new trainers (Gary & George Moore) , the July trial was a decent piece of work (not pushed out late) and with the strong aforementioned form lines, we're getting each-way odds first-up in a Provincial Maiden.