Hawkesbury Preview April 5 – Wednesday Best Bets & Tips
Hawkesbury Tips 05/04/2023
Our form expert provides Hawkesbury tips for today’s horse racing at Hawkesbury Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 5: No.5 PUNGO ($3.70 with Palmerbet)
Chris Waller has five engaged here as we run with PUNGO who is third-up and looks the most likely to salute today. Last start, the So You Think gelding came off a first-up win at Canterbury when he stepped up in grade and wasn’t disgraced when finishing third in a BM78 over 1400m at Warwick Farm. He ran the trip out, 2.4 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this starting line-up. The three-year-old sees the Hawkesbury track for the first time today and has the services of champion jockey Joao Moreira whose reputation speaks for itself. Ideally drawn in gate three, he maps to settle in the first half-dozen and fitter for two runs back, will take some beating here.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 3: No.3 KINLOCH ($5 with Ladbrokes)
The Kris Lees-trained KINLOCH is second-up today and conditions here look ideal for him to be considered in the mix. Last start, the I Am Invincible gelding resumed off a 15-week spell when clearly in the need of the run, finished unplaced in a Class 5 Hcp over 1200m at Gosford. He drew gate 13 (of 16) that day and was always on the back foot but still managed to run his last 600m, 5.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, second-best here behind Arnaqueur. James McDonald returns for today’s assignment after riding the five-year-old to victory previously. Already a two-time winner when second-up, he steps-up to a more suitable distance here and looks a genuine chance today.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 7: No.12 QUEEN YUNA ($7 with Neds)
The Anthony Cummings-trained QUEEN YUNA gains a start here (after early scratchings) and lines-up a winning chance at the weights today. Last start, the Vancouver mare was second-up when she broke through for her maiden win over 1300m on Randwick’s Kensington track. She led from barrier to box, doing her best work in the run home, running the last 600m, 5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here by more than 4 lengths. She also recorded the fastest final 200m sectional for the event. Ideally drawn in gate two, she maps to settle in front again and carrying 2kgs less today and fitter for two runs back, she looks great value with the bagmen and will take catching here.