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|COLOR "TURNAROUND" ON THE CARDS
|FRIDAY, December 13, 2013: FROM last to first - that's what Hawkesbury
trainer Garry White is hoping to achieve with Color Purple on his home
track on Sunday.
And to help his cause, White has booked apprentice David Pisani for
the mount on the gelding in the Buttsworth Industrial Supplies
Benchmark 60 Handicap (2000m).
Pisani's 3kg claim lessens Color Purple's impost to 58kg - only 4kg
above the limit.
White today advised Hawkesbury punters not to "read too much" into
Color Purple's latest last of six runners in a Benchmark 70 Handicap
(1600m) on his home track on November 30.
Stewards afterwards queried visiting Queensland jockey Jason Taylor,
who told them his mount was pressured by a couple of others runners
after going to the front in the early stages and was unable to finish
the race off.
A subsequent veterinary examination revealed there were no
abnormalities with Color Purple, who has seven rivals in Sunday's
contest, which his trainer has labelled a "winnable race".
"He went too hard the other day; it wasn't surprising he couldn't keep
going," White said.
"The first two placegetters came from last and second last on the home turn."
"That was a stronger race than this and David's claim brings him in nicely."
White has taken heart from Color Purple's second to Hawkesbury mare
Lysistrata at Gosford in April at his only previous middle distance
He was beaten a half-length in a Benchmark 68 Handicap (2100m),
conceding the winner a tidy 6.5kg.
"My bloke ran a terrific race that day and Lysistrata was going really
well at the time," White added.
Pisani has been rewarded for trackwork duties with the rides on both
White's runners on Sunday; the other being Rainbow Bay in the Pak-Mor
Waste Equipment Class 2 Handicap (1100m).
"David started his apprenticeship with our stable and has been riding
a lot of work for me," White explained.
"He is a likeable kid who doesn't get flustered and is more than capable."
Whereas Color Purple is a "veteran" of 48 starts which have yielded
five wins - from 1000m to 1600m - and 17 placings, four-year-old
Rainbow Bay has raced only seven times.
He broke his maiden status humping 67kg over 850m at the Fernhill
picnic meeting on November 9.
"It's a decent jump to a Class 2, but the horse goes allright," White
said. "He was impressive in winning a barrier trial here on Monday and
doesn't have much weight to carry."
. The rail is in the true position for Sunday's Christmas fixture, and
the track at 9.30 am today was rated a Good 3 for the seven-event
card, which begins at 1.50pm.
The penetrometer reading was 4.77.
Whilst there has been no rain in the lead-up, 6mm of irrigation has
been put on the course in the past 24 hours and a total of 24mm in the
|LONGSHOT KING STRIKES AGAIN
|MONDAY: December 9, 2013: THEY'LL be calling him the "longshot king".
Hawkesbury trainer Scott Singleton has a great knack of preparing
long-priced winners - and so it proved again on his home track
Singleton landed the White Prince Mushrooms Class 2 Handicap (1500m)
with $31 chance Cruella De Vil.
Ridden by claiming apprentice Jess Taylor, Cruella De Vil beat another
outsider Ella Magic ($17).
Another Hawkesbury representative, the Garry Frazer-trained Only Money
($8), ran third.
Singleton in recent months has had terrific results with bolters.
He won twice - also on his home track - with Glamour Rock in September
at $13 and again in November on Ladies' Day at $17.
And at Bathurst in early November, he scored with Keralam at $17.
It was some sort of training performance yesterday on Singleton's part
considering the five-year-old daughter of Dane Shadow had a stewards'
warning placed on her for being uncompetitive after failing to finish
at Nowra on October 20.
Cruella De Vil had to trial to stewards' satisfaction - and her
trainer trialled her twice, at Hawkesbury in late October and again at
Muswellbrook in early November. She was placed on both occasions.
Singleton also removed blinkers when the mare raced again at Wyong on
November 28 and finished sixth over 1350m after figuring in the
stewards' report for having to be restrained off heels and being
checked near the 400m of that 1350m event.
Meanwhile, fellow Hawkesbury trainer Steven Brown also landed a
longshot result - at last Friday's Mudgee Cup meeting.
Brown won the 1500m Maiden Plate with $17 chance Owhanica - and
bookmakers were delighted.
Owhanica, a six-year-old mare by Shrewdy, was partnered by Adrian
Robinson and downed $1.60 favorite Husson Choice.
Owhanica made a late entry into racing and this is her first full
preparation. The Mudgee race was her fifth start and she had been
placed at Orange on November 22, indicating a breakthrough was around
. Hawkesbury has the second of its two Christmas meetings set for
Sunday. Nominations close at 11am tomorrow.
|HAWKESBURY ON CLARK'S MIND
|FRIDAY: December 6, 2013: JOCKEY Tim Clark has Hawkesbury on his mind
The talented rider will make a flying visit to Brisbane tomorrow to
partner Hawkesbury's top sprinter Famous Seamus in a feature sprint at
Doomben, then return home for Hawkesbury's Sunday meeting.
Whilst Famous Seamus is his only Doomben engagement, he has four
bookings at the first of Hawkesbury's two Sunday Christmas meetings
Clark continues his strengthening association with Famous Seamus in
the $200,000 Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben.
He rode the five-year-old to a Warwick Farm barrier trial (800m)
success on September 13 and has been aboard in all the gelding's four
starts this preparation.
That included a Randwick Lightning Handicap (1100m) success on October
19 - the second successive year he has captured the Listed sprint.
Clark will need all his riding skill to land the George Moore on
Famous Seamus. The Hawkesbury star has drawn the outside alley - he
will start from 16 if the two emergencies do not secure starts - and
has 60kg topweight to carry.
But he is no stranger to attempting such a feat.
Clark was in the saddle when Famous Seamus also drew the outside
barrier and finished a close and unlucky third in the Group 2 wfa
Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on October 5.
Trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith has no doubt Famous Seamus would have won
the Premiere had he drawn better.
If Famous Seamus finishes either first ($128,000) or second ($40,000)
tomorrow, he will lift his earnings beyond $500,000.
Clark's Hawkesbury mounts on Sunday are Never Back Down (TAB Rewards
Maiden Plate (1100m), Winding Road (Starr Partners - Your Local
Property Experts Maiden Plate, 1100m), Street Savvy (Knickerbocker
Hotel Bathurst Maiden Handicap, 1500m) and Tramp (Hawkesbury Race Club
Motel Benchmark 60 Handicap, 1300m).
Never Back Down and Winding Road are prepared by brothers Jim and Greg
Lee, Street Savvy by Bart and James Cummings and Tramp is in the local
stables of Garry Frazer.
Never Back Down finished third on debut at Hawkesbury on November 22
and has drawn nicely, whilst stablemate Winding Road is making her
debut and has the inside alley.
Street Savvy resumed at Newcastle on November 17 and finished third to
Egyptian Ruler in a 1300m Maiden Plate on a wet track.
Former Victorian Tramp last raced in July and is first-up on his home track.
Latest riding bookings for the meeting are Nathan Berry for Chris
Waller's Manorkinski in the 1500m Maiden against Clark's mount Street
Savvy and Peter Robl for David Pfieffer's No Doubt A Diamond (White
Prince Mushrooms Class 2 Handicap, 1500m).
. Hawkesbury this morning was rated a Good 3, with a penetrometer
reading of 4.71.
The course has received no rain in the last 24 hours, and 8mm in the past week.
|SEAMUS ON ROAD AGAIN
|TUESDAY: December 3, 2013: ON the road again!
In keeping with Willie Nelson's famous hit, much-travelled Hawkesbury
sprinter Famous Seamus is clocking up more kilometres this week in
search of another feature success.
Trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith heads north with his stable star for the
$200,000 Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday.
And the gelding's rider Tim Clark is going too.
Clark was aboard when Famous Seamus clinched his second successive
Lightning Handicap (1100m) at Randwick in October, and also when he
ran third to Lankan Rupee in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes
(1200m) at Caulfield on November 16.
Famous Seamus has been a wonderful performer for the Mayfield-Smith stable.
From only 23 starts, he has won eight races and notched six minor
placings for prizemoney of $467,800.
And there's every chance he will become a half-million dollar man on Saturday.
Famous Seamus is no stranger to Queensland, having ventured there this
winter and making his mark.
He won two Listed races in the early part of the carnival - the
Hinkler Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm and Prime Minister's Cup (1300m)
at the Gold Coast.
Twenty-four horses have been nominated for the George Moore, and
Famous Seamus is one of only two interstate entries.
The other is Peter Snowden's mare Babel, who also raced in Queensland
during the winter, but was unplaced from two starts.
|FRAZER "SPURRED" ON AT BATHURST
|MONDAY: December 2, 2013: PUT on a Bathurst meeting - and it's a
pretty good bet that Hawkesbury trainers will be to the fore.
So it proved again today when Garry Frazer landed the Maiden Handicap
(1200m) for colts, geldings and entires with Spursonic ($9).
And four other Hawkesbury-trained horses figured in the placings during the day.
Ridden by Kody Nestor, the four-year-old son of Flying Spur broke
through at his seventh start.
Spursonic, having only his second outing this preparation, beat $2.80
favorite Apache Lad and Finno ($10).
Frazer recently won the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at
Ballarat with pacy filly Sheer Style and is aiming her toward the $2m
Magic Millions (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 11.
Whilst Frazer's success was Hawkesbury's only triumph at Bathurst,
four other trainers prepared minor placegetters.
Wade Slinkard's Sniparose ($1.80 favorite) was runner-up in the 1200m
Maiden Handicap for fillies and mares, whilst Tara and Philippe
Vigoroux's At Twilight was third at $4.20 in the Class 3 Handicap
Hawkesbury-trained horses filled both minor placings in the Class 1
Connie Greig's Zareni ($21) was runner-up, and Scott Singleton's Trial
Ground ($2.50 favorite) was third.
|HAWKESBURY TAYLOR-MADE FOR JASON
|THURSDAY: November 28, 2013: EXPERIENCED Queensland jockey Jason
Taylor is putting his "shoulder to the wheel" at Hawkesbury on
Taylor, striving to make up lost ground after being sidelined for much
of this year, has answered a call from Team Hawkes to ride at the
fixture - and has finished up with bookings in six of the eight races.
Based at the Gold Coast, Taylor was injured in a freak mishap at Coffs
Harbour in March and subsequently underwent a shoulder reconstruction
which put him out of action for seven months.
He made his comeback at Ipswich last Friday and wasted no time getting
back into the winning list, riding a winner (Object Of Virtue) at
Grafton last Sunday.
Taylor, who won last year's Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at
Eagle Farm on Wyong star Sincero, virtually missed the entire carnival
this year because of the operation and lengthy rehabilitation.
He has three Hawkesbury mounts for Team Hawkes - Fast 'N' Fortunate
(Flower Concreting Maiden Plate, 1300m), Palliser (Board Express Class
1 Handicap, 1500m) and Da Grinch (Complete Plumbing and Drainage
Maiden Handicap, 1100m).
His other rides are Color Purple for Garry White in the Speedy
Recovery Sid Kelly Benchmark 70 Handicap (1600m), Final Bid for Bill
Prain in the Hawkesbury Race Club Xmas Parties Class 2 Handicap
(1100m) and the Bede Murray-trained Chantilly Prince in the Coonamble
Reunion 8th June 2014 Maiden Plate (1800m).
Taylor rode a treble at the Coffs Harbour midweek TAB meeting on March
12 and, ironically, one of his winners (Effective) was responsible for
"Effective whipped around quickly when easing down after the race and
caught Jason by surprise," Taylor's wife and manager Alana explained
"He put his left arm out to cushion the fall and that obviously did the damage.
"Jason has always had a good rapport with the Hawkes stable and has
ridden plenty of winners for them.
"Before he made his comeback at Ipswich, he went to Sydney and rode
trackwork at Rosehill for a couple of weeks and Michael (Hawkes) asked
him to go back for these rides at Hawkesbury.
"Its never easy to get yourself back in lights after such a long
break, and this is a good opportunity for him."
Hawkesbury Race Club chief executive Brian Fletcher reckons Taylor's
trip will be worthwhile.
He has tipped him to win on the Hawkes' pair Fast 'N' Fortunate and Palliser.
The rail is two metres out from the 1000m to the 400m and is in the
true position for the remainder of the course.
Late today, course manager Jeff Haynes issued a "Dead 5" rating, with
a penetrometer reading of 5.14. Hawkesbury has received 53mm of rain
in the past seven days.
John O'Shea, who currently leads the trainers' premiership with seven
wins, has two representatives tomorrow; First Class Flyer (Class 2
Handicap, 1100m) and Pietra (Maiden Handicap, 1100m).
Peter Snowden and Guy Walter - each with six Hawkesbury winners so far
this season - also have runners at the meeting.
Snowden starts Scrutiny (Maiden Handicap, 1100m) and Negociant (Maiden
Plate 1800m), whilst Walter's runners are Jesmond (Class 2 Handicap,
1100m) and Dirasara (TAB Rewards Class 2 Handicap, 2100m).
. Brian Fletcher's selections are:
RACE 1: SLICK SPEED, Mahonga, Infourit.
RACE 2: SWEET TALKIN WOMAN, Waikiki Gold, Okane.
RACE 3: TIME TO STRIKE, Dirasara, Queen Dana.
RACE 4: FAST 'N' FORTUNATE, Showmaster, Kasiano Lad.
RACE 5: PALLISER, Appliances, Reply Churlish.
RACE 6: EXCELEINE, Scrutiny, Da Grinch.
RACE 7: IDLE CHAT, Patinage, Tennessee.
RACE 8: BEST OF THE REST, Dee Teevee, Negociant.
SPECIALS: SWEET TALKIN WOMAN, EXCELEINE, BEST OF THE REST
|KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
|MONDAY: November 25, 2013: IT'S been an unforgettable weekend for
Hawkesbury's Frazer family.
Popular trainer Garry Frazer made a successful hit and run mission
with his smart youngster Sheer Style in yesterday's $200,000 Magic
Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat to complete the second
leg of a remarkable family double.
Only two days earlier, his 19-year-old amateur rider son Jordan won
the famed Bong Bong Picnic Cup (1560m) on resilient gelding Beaveroo.
And Jordan was on hand at Ballarat yesterday to share his father's
excitement at landing such a lucrative interstate prize. The victory
took the Snitzel filly a long way toward securing a place in the field
for the $2m Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on
Jordan is Frazer's only son and is the partner of talented Hawkesbury
apprentice Claire Nutman. He also has two daughters and one of them,
Erin, is married to jockey Tye Angland, formerly apprenticed to the
trainer and now riding successfully in Hong Kong.
Proudly discussing his son's emergence in the amateur riding ranks,
Frazer today said Jordan was too heavy to become a professional
"He rides work for me at Hawkesbury, and wanted to give amateur riding
a go," Frazer said.
"At the time I wasn't all that keen on him doing that, but eventually
agreed and took him to the picnic meeting at Rosehill on Melbourne Cup
day two years ago.
"He had two rides for two winners. I guess we were both hooked then.
"More importantly, it was a very special day for Jordan as he wore the
colors of his good mate Reece Potter, who died from injuries sustained
in a race fall at the Tottenham picnics earlier that year."
Jordan's success last Friday on seven-year-old Beaveroo, who carried
63.5kg and started at $8, provided the gelding with a second Bong Bong
He also scored in 2011 when a $2.10 favorite and carried 6kg more when
ridden by Cameren Swan.
On Sheer Style, Frazer said the filly is returning to his Hawkesbury
stable today for a short break.
"I won't be able to rest her for long as the Magic Millions is only
seven weeks away," he said.
"I wouldn't send her into that race without another run. I might even
start her next in the Magic Millions Classic at Wyong on December 19."
That race is run over 1100m and, like the Ballarat race, carries a
purse of $200,000.
Sheer Style ($1.85 favorite) was yesterday ridden by Jason Collett
and, though seemingly uncomfortable in the heavy ground, led
throughout to defeat locals Geromayo and I Am The General.
The prizemoney lifted her earnings to $153,500 from only three starts.
Another success at Wyong would undoubtedly guarantee her a Magic
Millions berth at the Gold Coast.
|COLLETT JUST THE STYLE
|FRIDAY: November 22, 2013: EXPATRIATE New Zealand jockey Jason Collett
is aiming to make it "third time lucky" for Hawkesbury trainer Garry
Frazer at Ballarat on Sunday.
Frazer has retained Collett for his pacy filly Sheer Style in the
$200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m).
The Snitzel filly has drawn barrier nine in the field of 13.
Collett has partnered Sheer Style twice - though only once under race
He rode her to victory in a 795m barrier trial at Warwick Farm on
October 11, but Tommy Berry was aboard when the filly made her debut
and finished second to Bold Circle over 1100m at Rosehill on October
Collett was back in the saddle when Sheer Style again showed pace and
finished second to the promising Earthquake over 1000m at Randwick on
|HISTORY REPEATS FOR BERRY?
|THURSDAY, November 21, 2013: WILL it be a case of deja vu for Tommy
Berry at Hawkesbury tomorrow?
The odds are certainly in favor of such a recurrence.
Berry is hot on the heels of a debut Group 1 Singapore Gold Cup
victory last Sunday on the Michael Freedman-trained Tropaios - and
also rode a winner at Canterbury yesterday.
He has mounts in six of the eight races at tomorrow's Clarendon Homes
fixture and Hawkesbury Race Club chief executive Brian Fletcher is
tipping him to win at least two of them.
The last time Berry returned from a fruitful overseas jaunt also
yielded success at Hawkesbury.
The outstanding young jockey rode 22 winners - including the Group 1
QE II Cup at Sha Tin on the John Moore-trained Military Attack -
during a three-month stint in Hong Kong earlier in the year.
Soon after returning to Sydney, he competed at Hawkesbury's 2012-13
season closer on July 21 and won the final event on the Clarry
Conners-trained Stylish Lad.
Whilst his Singapore trip last weekend was much briefer than the Hong
Kong experience, Berry nonetheless rode two winners and came home with
the prestigious Gold Cup jockeys' trophy in his bag.
His bookings tomorrow are Flute and omen tip Happy Friday for trainer
David Vandyke, Bluesun (Gai Waterhouse), Heza Clown (Clarry Conners),
Da Grinch (Team Hawkes) and Salvaged (Peter Snowden).
Fletcher is tipping Berry to score on Heza Clown (Steel Builders Class
2 Handicap, 1600m) and Da Grinch (Genneral Stairs Maiden Plate, 1100m)
and is also giving him excellent prospects on Bluesun (Dynamic Garage
Doors 3YO Maiden Handicap, 1300m) and Happy Friday (Cooks Plumbing
Supplies Benchmark 65 Handicap, 1000m).
Heza Clown, a four-year-old by Olympus, won a Class 2 Handicap (1600m)
at Gosford last Thursday, with Berry in the saddle.
It was the gelding's fourth run back from a break and he again looks
hard to beat against only four rivals.
Whereas Heza Clown has raced 17 times, Da Grinch is at the other end
of the scale.
A four-year-old mare by Domesday, she is a "veteran" of only two
starts and hasn't raced since finishing third in a Wyong Maiden
(1100m) on June 13.
A splendid barrier trial performance at Rosehill on October 29 when
second over 900m was a perfect pointer to her first-up chances
Paul Hammersley has retained the ride on Belted, who opposes Berry's
mount Happy Friday in the Benchmark 65 Handicap (1000m).
Belted, a three-year-old son of Exceed and Excel, created a good
impression in easily winning a Newcastle Maiden (900m) on debut
earlier this month.
Adding further interest to this race is Nash Rawiller's booking for
the lightly-raced Big Money, who has won two of his only three starts
Big Money was strongly supported when a first-up winner in a Class 1
Handicap (900m) at Newcastle on November 2.
. The rail for tomorrow's meeting is in the true position, and course
manager Jeff Haynes this morning rated the track a "Slow 7". The
penetrometer reading was 5.37.
Hawkesbury has received 96mm of rain in the last seven days, and
officials will be anxiously watching the skies with a forecast of more
. Brian Fletcher's selections for the meeting are:
RACE 1: KONA, Pantheress, Prime Shadow.
RACE 2: SUBTLETY, Bluesun, Grande Punto.
RACE 3: HEZA CLOWN, Sparkling To Win, Son of Ross.
RACE 4: DA GRINCH, De Starsandcircles, Distorted Demand.
RACE 5: BELTED, Big Money, Happy Friday.
RACE 6: KOBI SUN, Remorse, Time To Strike.
RACE 7: MENELAION, Rhythms, Coyote Miss.
RACE 8: MANOR HOUSE, Glamour Rock, May Nelly.
SPECIALS: SUBTLETY, DA GRINCH, KOBI SUN
|HAWKESBURY TRIALS RAINED OUT
|MONDAY, November 18, 2013: TODAY'S scheduled Hawkesbury barrier trials are off.
Continuing rain has led to the cancellation.
At this stage, the trials have not been rescheduled.
|FRAZER GOING TO BALLARAT IN "STYLE"
|SUNDAY, November 17, 2013: HAWKESBURY trainer Garry Frazer has set his
sights on a rich interstate payday at Ballarat on Sunday.
Frazer withdrew his smart juvenile Sheer Style from a Rosehill Gardens
engagement yesterday, opting to keep her "on the boil" for the
$200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m).
Sheer Style has been runner-up at both starts - earning $33,500 - and
a Ballarat victory would certainly clinch her a berth in the field for
the $2m Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on
A filly by proven sire Snitzel, she won a Warwick Farm barrier trial
on October 11 and then made her debut when second to Bold Circle over
1100m at Rosehill on October 26.
She again filled the same position over 1000m at the same track on
November 9 when she chased home the promising Earthquake.
A pacy type who has led at both starts, Sheer Style will be ideally
suited by the 1000m at Ballarat.
Frazer is taking no chances with the filly's Victorian trip, and has
galloped her at Hawkesbury last week to ready her for
Fellow Hawkesbury trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith finished third with his
top sprinter Famous Seamus at Caulfield yesterday.
Famous Seamus ($7.50) tried valiantly in the straight in the Group 3
Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1200m).
Another Hawkesbury trainer Martin McInerney scored with lightly-raced
Maddhal at Gosford last Thursday.
Having only his fourth start, Maddhal ($4) landed the Maiden Plate
(1200m) for colts, geldings and entires.
With Ben Vassallo up, the three-year-old beat $2.10 favorite Lofty
Ambition and Wisen Up ($12).
|ANOTHER COUNTRY RAID FOR CONNIE
MONDAY: November 11, 2013: HAWKESBURY trainer Connie Greig made
another successful country raid at the weekend.
And once more she used apprentice Martin Haley to achieve the desired
result, this time at Warren's Cotton Cup meeting yesterday.
Haley is apprenticed to George Wright at Parkes and used his 3kg to
advantage to score on $4.40 favorite Cierto Segura in the Benchmark 50
Cierto Segura, a seven-year-old who was a product of the 2008 Magic
Millions sales, notched his sixth success.
He beat Rocky Realm ($5.50) and Bureato ($17).
Greig has also had successful results with Haley on Path To Freedom at
two other recent country forays.
Haley scored on Path To Freedom at Narromine on October 19 and again
at Bathurst on November 1.
The latter race gained notoriety when a malfunction with the automated
sprinkler system resulted in riders and horses being drenched around
the home turn.
Meanwhile, Hawkesbury trainers won two of the six races at last
Saturday's inaugural Fernhill picnic race meeting.
Garry White won the opening event - the Panthers Group Maiden Plate
(850m) - with $3.50 favorite Rainbow Bay.
He beat another Hawkesbury representative Dancing Magic ($13).
Joan Pracey made it two in a row for Hawkesbury when she won the
following event, the JK Williams Open Handicap (850m), with $2
Once again, it was a Hawkesbury quinella as Upstacker beat $1.80
The picnic meeting was staged under the Hawkesbury Race Club licence,
and HRC chief executive Brian Fletcher says it was a successful day
and that organisers are keen to make it an annual event.
|A GLAMOUR RESULT FOR SCOTT
|THURSDAY: November 7, 2013: THERE was "glamour" on and off the track
at today's Ladies' Day meeting at Hawkesbury.
Trainer Scott Singleton was the lone flag-bearer for the locals when
his mare Glamour Rock led throughout in the Skin Fitness Class 2
Omen punters cleaned up when Glamour Rock saluted at $17.
A six-year-old mare by Fastnet Rock, Glamour Rock has been mixing her form.
She won a similar race on her home track in September when also at
double figure odds ($13).
But she had been beaten in three subsequent starts, including tailing
the field home at Warwick Farm on October 16 prior to today's
Singleton booked 3kg claimer Jess Taylor for the mare and she was
"gifted" a comfortable lead.
It was little wonder Glamour Rock was untouchable in the straight.
She beat Viva Lisboa ($15) and another Hawkesbury representative Only
Money ($19) in an all-outsiders' finish.
This was Glamour Rock's third success - and her second on her home track.
Fellow Hawkesbury trainer Mike Van Gestel celebrated Melbourne Cup day
by scoring at Kembla Grange on Tuesday with Casino Dancer.
The mare did the right thing by her connections and punters alike as
she went to the post a $3.30 favorite in the Benchmark 60 Handicap
(1300m) against her own sex.
Apprentice Winona Costin notched her third win of the day when Casino
Dancer beat My Little Beauty ($4) and La Luna ($12).
Van Gestel's three-year-old filly is building a nice record.
She has now won three of her eight starts and also been placed in three.
Casino Dancer has won three of her last four racetrack appearances.
Her winning run began at Gosford on July 25 and she also scored on her
home track on September 22.
|WEATHER PERFECT FOR LADIES' DAY
|WEDNESDAY: November 6, 2013: A pleasing turnaround in the weather has
Hawkesbury Race Club officials finally looking forward with confidence
to tomorrow's Ladies' Day fixture.
Frustrated by poor weather conditions which have marred recent
Hawkesbury meetings, chief executive Brian Fletcher had something to
smile about today when the strong winds of the last few days were
replaced by calmer conditions and bright sunshine.
"Today is a perfect day," Fletcher said. "If it stays like this
tomorrow, we'll have a bumper meeting.
"We've had a shocking run with the weather on our racedays over the
last six months. It's about time things turned for the better."
Fletcher was heartened by a forecast of fine weather and a temperature
in the high 20s for tomorrow's annual Lander Toyota Ladies' Day - one
of the most popular meetings on the Hawkesbury calendar.
"All our corporate areas are booked out, but there's no problem with
racegoers arriving tomorrow and paying to come through the gate."
The rail is in the true position for the eight-race program.
Racecourse manager Jeff Haynes today rated the track a Good 3, with a
penetrometer reading of 4.84.
He has put 34mm of irrigation on the course proper in the past seven
days (6mm in the last 24 hours).
Sydney's leading trainer Chris Waller has a strong hand in both the
$100,000 Lander Toyota Ladies Day Cup (1400m) and $40,000 Mitavite
Stayers Class 4 Final (2100m).
Waller has topweight Tromso (Josh Parr) and Pipette (Jason Collett) in
the Cup, and another topweight, Republic Lad, in the Mitavite Final.
Whereas senior jockeys will partner his Cup runners, Waller has booked
his own apprentice John Kissick to lessen Republic Lad's 59kg by 2kg.
Ironically, both Parr and Collett have not previously ridden their
mounts in the Ladies Day Cup.
Tim Clark rode seven-year-old Tromso when he was narrowly beaten by
stablemate Secessio over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens last Saturday.
But he is venturing south tomorrow for two mounts at Flemington's Oaks
meeting, including Wagga-trained Devised in the VRC Vase (1600m).
Tromso hasn't won since May last year and is having his first start at
Hawkesbury. Pipette is resuming from a break after two Melbourne
appearances when she wasn't disgraced, and she usually races well
Her placings in the Darley Crown (1300m) at this track and Dark Jewel
Classic (1400m) at Scone - both in May - are strong pointers to her
first-up prospects tomorrow.
Yesterday's Melbourne Cup winning trainer Gai Waterhouse has set her
sights on the Mitavite Stayers Final with Magnetron (Adam Hyeronimus).
The lightly-raced four-year-old is by former smart sprinter Magnus
(but out of a Zabeel mare) and is showing middle-distance potential.
'With Hyeronimus up, he trounced his rivals last time out in a
Benchmark 65 Handicap (2100m) at Gosford.
. Brian Fletcher's selections for the meeting are:
RACE 1: SLICK SPEED, Subtlety, Vite Loni.
RACE 2: SHADE OF GREEN, Trent's Quest, Spring Rose.
RACE 3: OCCASION, S'Wonderful, Remlaps Jewel.
RACE 4: ROVING RED, Satin Safari, All I Need To Know.
RACE 5: CHESTNUT ROAD, Magnetron, Zabeiro.
RACE 6: NINTH LEGION, Pipette, Soledad.
RACE 7: GNARLY, Sparkling To Win, Only Money.
RACE 8: SANSUI DRAWING, Sunshine Royale, Appliances.
SPECIALS: SHADE OF GREEN, CHESTNUT ROAD, NINTH LEGION.
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|HAWKESBURY TURNOVER ON THE UP
|MONDAY: November 4, 2013: THE proof is in the pudding.
Hawkesbury Race Club's decision to lengthen its home straight earlier
this year is now bearing the fruits of its labour - and considerable
HRC chief executive Brian Fletcher reports there has been a notable
upsurge in TAB wagering since the "new" home straight made its debut
at the annual Saturday stand-alone fixture on May 4.
And he is adamant the extension has resulted in the increased betting interest.
"Our TAB holdings have gone up by an average $250,000 per meeting,"
"And I believe they can only get better.
"There is no doubt the longer home straight is responsible for the
"A group of professional punters told us they have come back to
betting on our meetings as they now have confidence because of the
"The important thing is that no horse is disadvantaged now."
The extension of the home straight from 280 metres to 400 metres was
an integral part of a $4.7m program initiated by Hawkesbury, which
also included improved track drainage and additional raceday stalls.
Last Saturday's Victoria Derby winning jockey Hugh Bowman rode a
treble at the May stand-alone meeting earlier this year and afterwards
commended Hawkesbury on its decision to lengthen the home straight.
"The club has done a good job with the upgrade," Bowman said.
"The longer straight gives each horse its chance. They can be ridden
in their comfort zone and balance up before making their run."
Hawkesbury races again on Thursday to coincide with the Oaks meeting
FOOTY FAN DRAWS WELL
BATHURST DOUBLE FOR HAWKESBURY PAIR
CUP MOVES TO STAND-ALONE SATURDAY
FOOTY FAN HEADS TO FLEMINGTON
SHINN DRAWS LINE FOR SANSUI
"SEAMUS" IS LIGHTNING
NET WORTH OF A CITY VICTORY
A MAGICAL TALE TO TELL
FROM HAWKESBURY TO A GROUP 1
VALEDICTION TO TAKE LEAVE OF RIVALS
GOOD RESULTS FOR HAWKESBURY
TRAINERS GO FAR AND WIDE FOR SUCCESS
BEGGY GETS WRAP FROM JOAN
CECCUZZI NO BLOW-IN AT HAWKESBURY
HAWKESBURY GETS GROUP 3 UPGRADES
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