2017 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Betting Preview & Tips

April 28th, 2017

A talented and capacity field of milers will line up for Saturday’s 2017 Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m); offering punters excellent value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Havana Cooler is our tip to win Saturday's 2017 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Havana Cooler is our tip to win Saturday’s 2017 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Spectroscope has stamped himself as one to watch through a short but impressive racing stint in Australia and is the $5 favourite in 2017 Hawkesbury Gold Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Fabrizio ($7) and stable mate Moher ($9).

Will Spectroscope justify favouritism and win the 2017 Hawkesbury Gold Cup, or will one of his talented rivals post an upset?

1st

Havana Cooler ($16)

Havana Cooler is a proven performer at the class and distance of the Hawkesbury Gold Cup and has drawn ideally into the field in barrier 4. Resuming in 2016 for a smart win in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m), the Hurricane Run gelding placed third in each of the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m), Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m) and Listed McKell Cup (2400m) before returning to the paddock. The seven-year-old has reportedly taken plenty of condition from a handful of barrier trials, flies fresh and will be partnered by in-form hoop Josh Parr in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

2nd

Fabrizio ($7)

Fabrizio will have no problem taking up the running from the rails draw in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup and will carry plenty of benefit into the race from a first-up run a fortnight ago. Producing a number of outstanding efforts in spring, including a smart win in the Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes (1800m) on Melbourne Cup Day, the son of High Chaparral jogged home to win a talent-rich barrier trial at Hawkesbury on Monday morning and has clearly come right on in the lead-up to Saturday’s feature race.

3rd

Mighty Lucky ($12)

Tough gelding Mighty Lucky has been charged with overcoming topweight of 59kgs, but is a proven performer in races this like and should be right in the finish of the 2017 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. A strong and consistent performer through autumn and winter last year, the Casino Prince gelding won the talent-rich Royal Randwick 100 (1400m) before running second in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Having placed sixth in the Listed Scone Cup (1600m), Mighty Lucky returned to the paddock after winning the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1615m) in Brisbane. Having placed a credible fifth in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) first-up a fortnight ago, Mighty Lucky will enjoy a return to a mile in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

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