Winning Form brings you all of their best bets and Australian racing tips for Wednesday's racing taking place at Hawkesbury.
Best Bet: EXOBOOM (Race 5)
Value Bet: I SAY HELLO (Race 6)
Jackpot (race 5 – 8) (R90)
9, 7 x 5, 9, 2 x 6, 11, 10 x 5, 8, 11, 6, 4
EXOBOOM has his hat-trick run after posting wins over 1300M by 6.8L and the latest victory over 1500M by some 5.3L. He has only had the five outings to date having finished second in the three runs prior to those last two wins. He returns from a 12-week rest, but did finish third in his only barrier trial to showcase his well-being. He has cracked pole position and is taken to be the best bet on the day’s card.
RUSTIC STEEL is also lightly raced, having only had the three outings, but he has won two of these, the latest over six furlongs by one and a half lengths. He came three wide into the home straight that day, but hit the front at the 300M mark and then held off all the late challengers. From a handy draw three, he could emerge as the biggest danger to the top choice.
QUIET RIOT followed up his penultimate run victory over six furlongs with a sixth place finish next time out over 100M, just over a length and a half back from the winner, despite hanging out over the closing stages. He will have top negotiate a wideish draw eight, but he should be involved in the finish.
Today’s value bet, I SAY HELLO has only had the three runs to date, but she has won two of them and finished second in the other. Her latest victory came over six furlongs by a head, this despite coming the widest of them all into the straight. She faces a wide draw twelve out of thirteen, but she is likely to use her early gate speed to race up with the pace.
CALGARY QUEEN goes for her hat-trick after two wins over six furlongs, the latest by a short-head. She went from jump to wire that day and the form of that race has stood up well, with three runners out of that contest subsequently winning. She has a slightly kinder draw nine and should be right up there when they hit the line.
JUAN DIVA was disappointing when finishing last in her penultimate start over six furlongs, finishing nine and a half lengths adrift of the winner and was immediately rested for 25 weeks. She finished second in her comeback outing over 1100M, three lengths behind the winner, but she had to be held up early and then did not get the clearest of passages in the straight, so did well to finish as close to the winner as she did. She has a cozy draw three and should be included in all bets.
MAUI GIRL is a 5yr old mare taking on the boys, but she has consistent formlines to her credit and was hampered at the 200M pole before finishing strongly to end up in fourth place last time out over seven furlongs, just under two lengths back from the winner. She has her first run for her new trainer and will have to overcome a wide gate ten, but if fully settled into her new surroundings, she should give the males a good run for their money.
DUBAI TYCOON on the other hand has pulled pole position. He won his penultimate start over six furlongs and then finished sixth next time out over the same trip, just over two and a half lengths off the victor, when returning from a 29 week absence. He was carried wide into the straight that day, but stayed on well over the latter stages and will have 2kgs taken off his back thanks to his claiming apprentice to aid his cause.
MIGHTYBEEL returns from a six week break during which time he was gelded. He finished fifth over 1900M in his last outing before the rest, 4.6L behind the winner, but drops back to what appears to be a more suitable 1500M, the distance over which he won his penultimate start by 4.3L. He has drawn gate six and should not be lightly dismissed in this line-up.
This looks a tricky race to end off the Jackpot and some caution is advised. The tentative top pick goes to NICTOCK, who is looking to complete his hat-trick after a victory over six furlongs and then the latest by 1.3L over this 1100M sprint distance. He hit the front at the 200M mark that day and galloped on strongly to set up his trio of victories attempt. From gate five, be should turn in another honest performance today.
INVINCIBLE LAD had finished second in his last three outings prior to finishing ninth in his last start over 1100M, 8.6L back from the winner, but it must be noted that he spread a plate that day and that the form of that race has stood up well with two runners out of the contest subsequently winning. He returns from a 16-week absence, but he did finish second in his only barrier trial to prove his fitness. He is drawn wide in gate thirteen, but he should use his early gate speed to move across without expending too much energy.
PEARL ROAN is a 5yr old mare taking on males, but she had her consistency rewarded with a three-length victory last time out over five furlongs and the form of that race has been franked. She was returning from an 18-week break that day and is a speedy sort who is sure to put her draw four to good use.