Hawkesbury - Race 3 1:30pm AEDT
No. 4 Pacheco
Pacheco looks set to peak now in his third run back for Kris Lees.
The Hinchinbrook three-year-old ran on late for third at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago and made good ground the start prior at Scone.
He’s seen nothing but heavy tracks since resuming, so a slightly firmer surface should help him improve. Dylan Gibbons also rode him to a place on debut at Scone last year.
Hawkesbury - Race 5 2:40pm AEDT
No. 3 Aramis
Aramis returned in good order first-up at Canterbury, running on for third behind a couple of smart types after missing the start.
The way he finished off indicated he’ll handle the rise to 1500m now, and he does have that win on the board second-up during his maiden prep.
He loves racing in the wet and from the wide gate, I think we’ll see him concede a start and run on nicely.
Hawkesbury - Race 6 3:20pm AEDT
No. 5 Al Sahara
Quite like the look of Al Sahara here at a decent price.
The Pride of Dubai mare has been game in her last two runs at Rosehill and Newcastle, running on nicely to finish only three lengths off the winner’s on bottomless tracks.
She’s drawn another horror gate, but she does have a win over the track and distance to her name, while Ashley Morgan has won twice from four starts aboard the four-year-old.
Hawkesbury - Race 7 3:55pm AEDT
No. 6 Oryx
There’s a case to be made for a few here, but I’ve gone with Oryx on top.
The Godolphin three-year-old won his maiden here two back before a complete forgive run at Canterbury where he never made up ground in the heavy conditions.
He should find the firmer footing much more suitable here, and with improvement still to come third-up, I think he’ll bounce back.