An interesting day of racing at Hawkesbury on Wednesday as the Hawkesbury Race Club hosts midweek racing in New South Wales.
The track is rated a Heavy 9 as of Wednesday morning with improvements unlikely.
Race 1 #6 Bright Red
Bright Red has trialled strongly twice this campaign and the Pierro filly looks well placed to strike on debut. The Chris Waller-trained two-year-old has travelled wide in both trials this campaign, working through the line under a hold each time. Nash Rawiller rode her both times, however, with Bright Red set to carry just 54.5kg, Joao Moreira takes the ride from barrier five. She looks well placed and a likely Queensland winter campaigner.
Race 2 #2 Beautiful Heart
The easiest bet of the day at Hawkesbury. Beautiful Heart is the half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Hungry Heart and she looks perfectly placed to breakthrough stepping up to the mile today. Although Hungry Heart (Frankel) didn’t handle wet ground at all, Beautiful Heart (Snitzel) proved last preparation she could handle heavy going with a couple of strong performances in very wet ground. She trialled well before chasing home the heavily backed Fall For Cindy at Kembla Grange a fortnight ago. Fall For Cindy had the perfect run behind the speed and has subsequently run well, which is the same for Tot Of Rum (3rd) who was very unlucky again on Sunday. Barrier one will allow Joao Moreira to stalk the speed and expect Beautiful Heart to be winning.
Race 3 #2 Alcyone
Alcyone is a genuine Listed and lower Group horse and the Godolphin gelding looks perfectly placed in a Benchmark 88 at Hawkesbury on Wednesday. The son of Teofilo is a proven on wet tracks, winning twice in soft ground and boasting a win and a placing in heavy ground. The five-year-old has been given two trials, the latest behind sharp sprinter Overpass. He gets the services of Zac Lloyd and will carry just 59kg following the claim!
Race 5 #8 Flower Moon
Have been following Flower Moon all preparation and today looks the day for her. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained mare was a month between runs when chasing runaway leader Luvoir at Randwick Kensington last start. She didn’t have the fitness base to reel in the winner that day and should strip much fitter now. However, most importantly, all four career wins have come on heavy ground. She is undefeated in the going and looks well placed with Tom Marquand aboard.
Race 6 #3 Olentia
Olentia looks the most progressive horse on the card. The Chris Waller-trained filly stamped herself as a leading contender for the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas when obliterating her opposition in her first two starts in Queensland. Although she did fail on the Gold Coast, the market was heavily in her corner suggesting the best is yet to come for Olentia. The daughter of Zoustar has made her way down to Sydney where she trialled strongly in wet ground behind Tsarina Sophia, who ran so well in the PJ Bell at Randwick on Saturday. James McDonald rode and trial and sticks aboard raceday in a great indication she is primed to strike first-up.