The Melbourne Cup carnival is over for another year, but the quality racing action continues this Wednesday with meetings at Hawkesbury and Sale.
Field sizes have taken a hit due to the increase in recent meetings, but there are still some quality thoroughbreds in action and punters are getting good betting opportunities with both meetings this week.
Hawkesbury free tips & form
Race 1. (14:00) Blakes Marine Handicap (1800m)
John Sargent lines up last start winner Tinkermosa, which should now have the confidence levels up.
The three-year-old filly by Alamosa wasn’t enjoying the shorter distances, but rising up to the mile was ideal last start when winning by 1.5 lengths at Gosford.
That was clearly the determining factor to the win and although she faces some handy types in this including Aonair, Tinkermosa could dictate play from the inside draw and be tough to run down in the straight.
Race 2. (14:35) Hawkesbury Motel Maiden Plate (1300m)
Tiki Bar has finished second in both career starts to date and a win doesn’t look for away.
The James Cummings-trained filly finished second behind the talented Lipizzan on debut before running into another smart type at Canterbury last start.
The daughter of Sepoy didn’t get much luck during the run, but the extra 200m looks ideal for this and punters have already launched into its fixed odds win price.
Drawing barrier three is ideal and we don’t see her coming under much threat from the opposition this Wednesday.
Race 4. (15:45) The Livamol Dash (1000m)
Envy of All looks a great bet and the odds are very appealing.
The Kris Lees-trained three-year-old has finished in the top three in all six career starts to date and her form has stacked up tremendously this season.
She finished a nose behind Viridine at Rosehill and has since defeated Gaulois by over two lengths at Canterbury. That form is considerably stronger than her opposition here and she will be better for the 900m run last start behind the unbeaten Bon Amis.
She has form to contest Saturday-graded races and the inside draw should see her land right on the speed.
Race 5. (16:20) The Hawkesbury Gazette (1100m)
Punters will have to take the short odds around Marble, but they’re warranted.
The James Cummings-trained colt won by a half-length on debut over subsequent top performer Songlike.
He had no luck when finishing seventh at Warwick Farm as the odds-on favourite last start, but he has been given a few weeks to get over that tough run.
Marble is another top-rated chance that gets the benefit of the inside draw and that’s key around this track and at this distance.
Race 6. (16:55) Clarendon Tavern Handicap (1300m)
We think Ladder could be the better thoroughbred, but Radiant Choice is the better bet in this race.
The Hawkes-trained gelding has had the benefit of two runs this campaign, which included a placing behind To Excess at Warwick Farm in October.
He was beaten as a $2.50 chance last start, but the extra distance suits here and he could sling-shot this field late.
We’re expecting Ladder to go forward and provide a kick, but 1300m will be too much for it fresh up and Radiant Choice could finish over the top.
Sale free tips and form
Race 2. (13:35) Laurels Function Centre Handicap (1400m)
Mick Price lines up this talented three-year-old which was a narrow winner in October before finishing second behind the city-performed Tamasa last start.
That run showed its ability to run well against quality opposition and facing a field of only five is going to help his chances.
He won’t get caught wide from barrier two and we’re expecting jockey Mick Dee to sit outside and leader and kick best in the straight.
Race 5. (14:30) Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1800m)
Three-year-old colt Persian Empire has been knocking on the door at his last three starts, which included a placing behind Poet’s Corner.
That form will be a good form guide for this and the son of Savabeel has since finished second behind Storm Harbour which is another good form guide.
He was considered good enough to run in the ANZAC Stakes on debut at Flemington and we’re confident he will be producing a winning effort in short time.
Race 7. (16:30) Wellington Regional Tourism Handicap (1100m)
Team Ellerton/Zahra lines up Club Tropicana which looked like the winner at Bendigo, but she had to settle for another placing.
The four-year-old has placed in five of her 10 starts, which included a win at Cranbourne in April and her performances since have progressively improved.
She placed in her only previous run at Sale, which is always a good sign and she’s another well-fancied runner which has drawn to get a soft run.
This isn’t an overly tough field and she should be able to capitalise.