Hawkesbury Preview & Best Bets – Thursday August 18

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Hawkesbury Tips 18/08/2022

Our form expert provides Hawkesbury tips for today’s horse racing at Hawkesbury Racecourse and gives his best bets.



Race 7 :  No. 2  CROSS TALK  ($1.85 with bet365)

Tulloch Lodge galloper CROSS TALK keeps impressing with every run and is arguably the best of the day. Last start, the Keano gelding made it back-to-back wins when he clobbered them in the Listed Winter Challenge over 1500m at Rosehill. He ran a new personal best that day, covering the trip, 8.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, also the best in this line-up. The stable has this five-year-old firing on all cylinders, winning five of his seven career starts to date. Tim Clark returns for the ride after steering him to victory on three previous occasions. Surely just bad luck prevents him from securing the hat-trick today.



Race 6 :  No. 4  GOOD OMENS  ($4 with BlueBet)

Locally-trained by Brad Widdup, GOOD OMENS is in great touch this time in and looks set to go on with it today. Last start, the So You Think mare came off a BM64 win at Goulburn when she took on stronger city class company. She lined-up in a BM72 Hcp at Canterbury where she wasn’t disgraced, finishing fourth that day. She posted a new personal best, covering the trip, just short of a length slower than benchmark, the best last-start effort in this field. Still in search of her first home-track win, she drops in grade today and has Jason Collett back in the saddle who has had success previously with the mare. Ideally drawn in gate three today she should be at her peak after four runs back and will take beating here.



Race 2 :  No. 2  ALLUSIONIST ($4.80 with Palmerbet)

The Team Freedman-trained ALLUSIONIST is third-up today and should be ready to strike. Last start, the Super One gelding just missed a podium finish when he grabbed fourth prize in a BM64 Hcp over 1000m at Kembla Grange. He led most of the way that day but grabbed on the line by the swoopers, beaten less than a length across the line. This looks a little easier and he is capable of giving this contest a real shake today.