Hawkesbury - Race 1 12:40pm AEDT

No. 7 Donegal Lights

Donegal Lights rates a worthy each-way chance in the first of the day.  

The lightly-raced five-year-old is one of few in the field with serious wet track form, placing on a Heavy 8 here over much shorter earlier in April.  

The tempo wasn’t to his liking when last in a small field two weeks ago, but he did show real improvement the start prior when runner-up at Goulburn. 

Hawkesbury - Race 5 3:05pm AEDT

No. 6 Waikato Flyer

Waikato Flyer was back in the winner’s circle at Taree a fortnight ago, held up badly for a run but really finding the line nicely once clear to score.  

He seemed to have a bit left to give through the line and I don’t thinl he’ll have any trouble getting right back in the run from the soft gate.  

Proven on rain-affected tracks with the class of Tyler Schiller on board, he’s capable of going on with the job.  

Hawkesbury - Race 6 3:45pm AEDT

No. 7 Rotorua

Keen to see Rotorua back at the races following her impressive win at Kembla Grange in October.  

The wide gate proved no problem for the Star Witness mare, given a well-timed ride down the outside to score with real authority in the end.  

She’s drawn a much softer gate on this occasion, and providing she handles the conditions, he should be fighting out the finish. 

Hawkesbury - Race 7 4:25pm AEDT

No. 12 Shiffrin

Shiffrin tends to improve in her second run back.  

The Supido mare struggled to find a run on return at Warwick Farm two weeks ago, but I thought she made up some okay ground in the run home to finish four lengths off.  

A genuinely heavy track would probably test her, but she is drawn well and likely to get a good crack at them coming off the speed.