Hawkesbury today backs up from a damp Saturday meet, presenting near-dry conditions with the rail out 4m. This should assist runners to scout wide in the straight to locate superior ground near the outside running rail. Horses with middle draws are best placed for this strategy.
City trainers Barred!
[3.55pm] Hawkesbury programs usually feature a maiden restricted to provincial and country trained horses, and Race 6 today is such an event. #12 POET’S ADVOCATE worked hard outside the lead in a similar race on Rowley Mile day at his first run on his home track, and is poised with Tommy Berry aboard to gain a sweet run. #7 TRIPLE HILL is another local who has shown talent in two country appearances and replacing Gordon Yorke’s apprentice Eric Cheung with Glyn Schofield seems a positive rider change of the highest magnitude. Manhattan Drive found a fast lane at his most recent run and looks well found, while Barricade emanates from a potent Gosford maiden but lacked any significant participation in the event. Lakshme is one to oppose after five consecutive 1100m runs on his home track of Gosford, most recently with the coveted inside on “one-lane-highway-day”.