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Hawkesbury Race 7: Panthers Hawkesbury Gold Cup 1600m

29/04/2016: This is as tough a race I've seen for some time and one could easily miss the winner with as many as 7 or 8 selections. Always tough to win a 1600m event 1st up but Sons Of John has had 3 recent trials inclusive of a 1st trial win so should be primed for a 1st up assault to defend his title after winning this race 2nd up last year, and winning in very easy fashion. Subsequent to that performance this gelding was twice placed behind Winx in Group 1 and 2 events before training off in Melbourne. Mighty Lucky is proven this level and comes off a narrow but good 1st up win at Randwick last time out. Has strong 2nd up form and has been somewhat underrated throughout his career. Has won up to 2000m and another good 2nd up performance is anticipated in this. Strawberry Boy is unbeaten in both previous runs this track and races well 2nd up. Expected to find the lead in this and should give a bold account in front. Pajaro ran well last time off a very wide draw when 1.8 lengths adrift behind Mighty Lucky and draws the inside gate this week. Looks to have had issues in recent times trialling no less than 7 times prior to last run. Has ability and goes well this distance. Should improve from the draw. Amovatio has to overcome a horror gate here but is very smart at best and is a dual winner this distance. Will get back off that gate and should be finishing the race off hard. Medcaut rises in class but John O'Shea runners are always a chance and must be included in the multiples. This gelding has strong form over this distance and is a winner his only run at track/distance. Drawn well and yet another with claims in a very open affair.

Hawkesbury Race 7. Track Condition: GOOD (4). Weather: OCAST. RaceTime: AEST 15:35, 30/04/2016

RACEMAPPanthers Hawkesbury Gold Cup 1600m
Front Runners (14) Strawberry Boy.
On Pacers (13) Great Esteem, (9) Mighty Lucky, (6) Ecuador, (5) Medcaut, (2) Shoreham, (15) Kellyville Flyer.
Mid Fielders (17) Casino Flyer, (11) Sons Of John, (7) Malice, (3) Tales Of Grimm, (16) Beaten Up, (1) Pajero, (10) Blendwell, (8) Sofin.
Get Back (12) Less Is More, (18) Junoob, (20) Opinion, (19) Amavatio, (4) Keepit To Yourself.
PACE COMMENTS Looks plenty of top end speed in this event and tipping although drawn out in 14 Strawberry Boy will push forward and assume the pacemakers role. Plenty of speed drawn on his inside so expect a pretty brisk first sectional here. Both Ecuador and Medcaut should settle in good trailing positions off inside draws. If your on a backmarker here shouldn't have any pace worries and with a genuine tempo predicted every runner should get their chance.
CHANCESPanthers Hawkesbury Gold Cup 1600mOrderMargin
Sons Of John PLUS: Won this race easily last year, recent trial winner, placed Grp 1 level last prep. A 0
  MINUS: Yet to win in 3 first up runs.    
Mighty Lucky PLUS: Won 3 from 6 racing 2nd up, last start winner Randwick, winner up to 2000m B 1
  MINUS: Yet to win in 4 runs at distance.    
Strawberry Boy PLUS: Unbeaten both runs this track, strong record at distance, should find the lead here. C 1.75
  MINUS: Drawn a bit wide, has been beaten last 7 runs.    
Pajaro PLUS: Goes well this distance, much better drawn this week. D 2.5
  MINUS: Rises class.    
Amovatio PLUS: Dual winner this distance, from the Waller camp, close up last 2 this level. E 3
  MINUS: Drawn very wide, will get a long way back.    
Medcaut PLUS: Winner only run at track/distance, good strike rates, well drawn. F  3.25
  MINUS: Rises class.    
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EXOTICS Panthers Hawkesbury Gold Cup 1600m
Exacta

A: 2 5 8 15

B: 2 5 8 15

Trifecta

A: 2 5 8

B: 2 5 6 8 11 15

C: 2 5 6 8 11 15

First Four

A: 2 5 8

B: 2 5 8 15

C: 2 5 6 8 11 15

D: 2 5 6 8 11 15

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