Group Racing at Hawkesbury this Weekend Worth a Look

Randwick and Rosehill may be done, so far as Group level thoroughbred racing in concerned for the 2017 – 2018 racing season, but New South Wales is not quite ready to turn things over to Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, although all three states are staging Group races now or in the immediate future.

New South Wales is home to the Hawkesbury Race Club and that venue has some Group 3 racing this weekend.

Three races are in store for the meeting, the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup, a 1600-metre open handicap, another open handicap, the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400 m) and the Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown (1300 m) for the fillies and mares, run under set weight plus penalty conditions.

Lest anyone accuse the HRC of lacking imagination when it comes to naming races, a look at Ladbrokes reveals that those who would like other names can have a punt on the Goldolphin Crown, the Llvamol Hawkesbury Gold Cup and the Blacktown Workers Hawkesbury Guineas. Two of the three feature the proper noun for the venue prominently, however, so perhaps accusations of a lack of imagination in race naming are not without merit.

Hawkesbury racecourse can be found about 65 km west of the Sydney CBD.

The Hawkesbury Gold Cup dates back to 1980. The race was elevated to Group 3 quality in 1997. Barring late scratches, a field of 11 will be out on Saturday, with Ecuador leading the way with a quote of $3.50. Duca Valentinois is next at $6, equal to Mister Sea Wolf, with Kings Guard at $6.50 and Plaisir at $7.50. The longest odds in the field are $21, so this race could be won by any of the 11.

The betting for the Hawkesbury Goldolphin Crown is led by Sedanzer at $4.20. In the Guineas, the clear favourite is Victorem at $2.80.

The meeting attracts mostly local gallopers, but the big-name riders will be out, including the likes of Kerrin McEvoy, Tye Angland, Blake Shinn and Brenton Avdulla.

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