A Clarendon Critique 18th August 2016
Rowley Mile day at Hawkesbury will be conducted on a normal rail, with the surface nearly dry. The absence of artificial watering improves the prospects for the inside ground. At the corresponding meeting last year (track-good, rail-true), rails-in-run was some advantage while middle draws supplied most winners.
The majority of lead-up form on today’s card is wet, providing good opportunities for those contestants seeking firmer footing.
[1.20pm] #3 RESOLUTE debuts for the Snowden juggernaut, the first of B Shinn’s 2 rides. Appearing dour in a recent 1050m trial is typical of this yard, and experience has shown this to be a positive rather than negative factor. The exposed form in this short course maiden lacks substance.
[1.55pm] Assessors have marked the favourite (Urban Prince) a tight quote. Certainly he will be suited by a genuine tempo likely to be set by Serg on Prince Roo, but I think #1 HURRICANES has a good setup here; the best recent dry-track run in the Grafton Guineas, then unsuited but primed by a sticky Canterbury 1900m run.
[4.25pm] Our leading trainer seems to have been one of the few to notice this race on the Calendar. He sends Marenostro out on a 5-day backup to squeeze the last remnant of life out of his campaign, but there is more to like in his other contestants. #4 MCCREERY is better suited today at the mile after dropping back in distance on a backup last start. Today is his target!