Orange Tips April 17
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ORANGE TIPS – April 17
Race 4 – 2:40PM ANGULLONG WINES BENCHMARK 58 SHOWCASE HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
In consistent form this preparation, EAGLEHAWK looks well placed in this field to continue on with the good work. Nicely bred, by Haradasun out of a Commands mare, the five-year-old has only managed three wins from his 25 starts but never stops trying as his resume also boasts seven minor placings in his career. Three starts back, he destroyed his opposition at Queanbeyan where he beat home a BM50 field over 1460m and in the process, put more than six lengths on them in the run home. Then, after finishing unplaced at Goulburn in a BM58, he went back to the Queanbeyan track and repeated his previous result there. Stepping up to Class 3 company, he won that 1600m event by more than five lengths, sent out a red-hot $1.95 favourite that day. He is drops back to BM58 grade here and looks a little over the odds for me. If he can avoid trouble from his wide gate and find a sit mid-field or better, he could be the one they have to beat home again.
Race 7 – 4:35PM BUCKLEY’S CARPET COURT ORANGE GOLD CUP SHOWCASE (2100 METRES)
Looking for some value here and REWARD SEEKER looks just that as he shoots for a winning hat-trick. Two starts back, he was a big winner at Bathurst where put two lengths on the field in a BM58 over 2008m. Then after a five-week let-up, he repeated the dose at Wellington where he won a BMM58 over 1700m by a similar margin on a Heavy 8 that day. He is drawn well in gate six here, but will most likely settle in the second half of the field. With a clear run and a little luck, he should be running on out wide in what looks like a very open race and at the weights can give this a real shake.
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