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.