As was the case last week prior to the meeting being abandoned, the filly Najoom ($3.80) and Godolphin’s Federal ($3.60) are battling it out for favouritism in the Hawkesbury Guineas to be run at Rosehill this Saturday. If successful, it will back to back victories in this race for the Hawkes Racing camp after subsequent Group 1 winner Chautauqua took out last year’s edition. However the week’s postponement of the Group 3 feature has opened up a window of opportunity to both Eisenhower and Press Report to take their spot in the starting line-up and at $6.50 and $8.00 respectively, punters believe both have genuine hopes. Other runners under double figure odds are Ygritte ($8.50) and Anyaas ($7.00)
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1. BACHMAN – J Collett (1)
Returned to racing from a six month spell with a very pleasing seventh (4.1 lengths) behind Dublin Lass in a BM 85 (1200m). He was last turning and was winding up nicely before running out of room and having to check off heels the final 50m. Ran fourth second up last prep to Shooting To Win in the G2 Stan Fox Stakes and whilst he’ll be giving all weight and most a start turning for home, his first up run suggest he’ll be charging late.
2. FEDERAL – S Clipperton (7)
Made it two wins from three starts this campaign with a smart 1.3 length win in the Listed South Pacific (1400m). He was in the centre of a bunched field last time out but after easing off heels, rounded up his opponents with something to spare. The son of Medaglia D’Oro is a developing galloper with plenty of ability and rates on top here.
3. EISENHOWER – B Avdulla (11)
Gai Waterhouse’s All American gelding returned from a spell and made it three wins from only four starts when finishing too well in a BM 70 at Canterbury (1100m) just over a fortnight ago. Hard to argue with his strike rate but this grade from a wide gate might find him out at this stage of his career.
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4. FINAL DECISION – D Beasley (5)
Only win from seven starts came five starts back in a Kembla Grange maiden (1200m) and he’s likely to find this much harder than his last start, a BM 66 at Warwick Farm. That was the Jason Coyle trained galloper’s first run since New Year’s Day but he finished 3.2 lengths behind the winner and has to overcome the second to widest draw here.
5. MAKEADANE – J Cassidy (10)
Chased hard from midfield in a leader dominated race when resuming from a spell at Warwick Farm just over a fortnight ago, finishing fourth (1.4 lengths) behind Double Happy. His solitary win from seven starts came at this track last October in Maiden class and whilst he hasn’t been far away in his three starts since, they have been in easier races than this and he’ll need to improve.
6. ZUZUMBA – J Parr (8)
Broke his maiden status two starts back, recording a length win in a Newcastle Maiden (900m). The Anthony Cummings runner then lined up in BM 65 (1000m) at Hawkesbury but never figured from the back of the field and finished second to last. Will get back again from his wide draw and has too much improvement to make off of his last start to be winning here.
7. YGRITTE – J Ford (9)
Despite being posted deep, the Gerald Ryan trained filly found plenty in the run home on her preferred soft track conditions and recoded a length win in the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) before aiming for a feature double in the Listed South Pacific Stakes. The daughter of Snitzel sat outside of the leader in the run but was no match for Federal over the final stages and finished third (3.6 lengths). That was the second time she’s failed to see out a strong 1400m and hard to see her making the improvement to do so here from an awkward gate.
8. PRESS REPORT – W Costin (3)
As expected, the 3yo filly was outclassed when contesting the G1 TJ Smith to starts back running eighth of ten before, in the more suitable J B Carr Stakes, against her own age and sex, she was a far more competitive fourth (1.5 lengths) behind Slightly Sweet. Only two wins from fourteen starts but that have both come on firmer ground – her last two have been on soft – and from gate three she should be in the box seat from the jump.
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9. ANYAAS – C Reith (2)
Settled on the leader’s back in the G3 JHB Carr Stakes (1400m) a fortnight back and after waiting for a few strides for her run, finished well along the fence to run second (3/4 of a length) to Slightly Sweet. That was her first start for two months and she has drawn to get a similar run here from gate three. The Commands filly is improving with her of her runs and is capable of figuring prominently here again.
10. NAJOOM – T Berry (4)
Recorded her third consecutive, and most impressive, win two starts back at Warwick Farm in a Restricted race, streaking away to win by four lengths. The Northern Meteor filly then lined up as the odds-on favourite in a BM 75 (1200) at Canterbury just over a week ago. She sat outside of the leader but on the heavy track, which she was competing on for the first time, didn’t let down as he had done previously on top of the ground, sticking on tenaciously for second (1.3 lengths). Drier surface will see a sharp improvement and from gate four, Berry will have her in the box seat from the jump.
11. MARTINE – B Loy (6)
Yet to win a race, but hasn’t missed a place in his five starts, the latest of which was a half-length second to Scone in Maiden company. That was his second run this time in, and his first for three weeks, but will find this much harder than anything he has previously contested.
RACE OVERVEW –
We’ve had to wait a week but still happy to stick with Federal here. Really nice type of win last time out and improving all the time. Good speed up front here with Najoom , Eisenhower, Ygritte and possibly Press Report, play into his hands. Liked Bachman’s first up run and he did win a Group 3 over 1400m here as a three year old. Look for him to be finishing strong late and potentially adding plenty of value into the exotics. Anyaas can prove there was nothing fluky about here last start effort in the G3 Carr Stakes, second placed horse in that race won well during the week, and she gets the right run from the jump here.