Hawkesbury Preview & Best Bets – Thursday October 20

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Hawkesbury Tips 20/10/2022

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



Race 5:  No.4  BAK DA MAN  ($4.20 with Unibet)

The Nathan Doyle-trained BAK DA MAN has been knocking on the door for a win in four starts this preparation and with an ounce of luck today he could make it happen right here. Last start, the Reliable Man gelding dropped back in distance and settled back in field and while never a winning chance on the heavy track that day, made up plenty of ground to grab fourth prize in a BM64 over the mile at Kembla Grange. He ran his last 600m, half a length slower than benchmark, the best last-start effort here. He is on a seven-day back-up and welcomes new rider William Pike who has the reins for the first time on the five-year-old. He steps back up to the 2000m today and drops 2kgs in the process. Back on top of the ground here (a Good 4 is forecast), he should be ready to win and at his peak now, prove hard to hold out.



Race 8:  No.2  SEMPREINTE  ($4.80 with Ladbrokes)

Second-up today, the Tulloch Lodge galloper SEMPREINTE looks ideally placed here to make his return to Sydney racing a winning one. The Sebring gelding spent his entire last preparation racing on Victorian tracks, with mixed success. Last start, he was first-up off a lengthy 20-week spell when he beat all but one home in a BM64 Hcp over 1200m at Mornington. The stable have now brought him back north after 12 spending the last 12 months south of the border. He has placed two from two when second-up and both career wins have come over the 1400m trip. Josh Parr is in the saddle for his first ride on the four-year-old and the galloper’s first look at Hawkesbury could well be a winning one today.



Race 6:  No.2  VIENNA RAIN  ($6 with Palmerbet)

Nathan Doyle saddles-up VIENNA RAIN here who is four starts into this campaign and down in grade today, looks a genuine chance at victory. Last start, the Manhattan Rain gelding was caught wide the entire and struggled in the heavy conditions when he finished unplaced in a BM68, here over the mile. He was vetted after the race and no abnormalities were found. He hasn’t won in over a year now but ironically, his last win was in a BM64 on a good track, which are the same conditions he has today. On the recommendation of last-start rider Kerrin McEvoy, the blinkers have been fitted for today’s contest and with Kobe Jennings returning for the ride, we could see a big improvement from the six-year-old. He looks a sound each-way investment here.