Hawkesbury, Moruya tips: Ruby looks hard-pressed to beat

Following an impressive win last start, a promising gelding can make it two in a row at Hawkesbury. BEST BETS, INSIDE MAIL

Daily Telegraph form analyst Shayne O’Cass gives his best bets and runs the rule over every race for Hawkesbury.

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Race 1, No.3: FINE RUBY

Appears to be a horse on an upward trajectory evidenced by a good return at Wyong followed by a booming win here three weeks back.


Race 3, No.2: RAGING BULL

Would take short odds this horse ends up running in a Derby between now and the end of the season. Market the best guide first-up.


Race 5, No.8: I’M DIVINE

Stablemate of Duais and like her has a genuine classic look about her. Huge odds.


Race 4: 2,3,6,11

Race 5: 4,8,9,10

Race 6: 6,8,10

Race 7: 1,2


Sam Clipperton could himself be ‘the value’ in Tuesday’s TAB Jockeys Challenge.



Race 1 No.1: ROMERO

Was very good at his first prep without actually winning. Could easily get off the mark here and now.


Race 5 No.10: WATCH ME NAE NAE

Got a massive finish and her runs have been a lot better than they look on paper. Go well.


Race 3 No.12: JAUHERA

Another one down there today that can launch late and is ‘placed to win’ at home.



Fine Ruby is trained by Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou and is a son of Ryan’s former crack sprinter Rubick. You wouldn’t think Yes Yes Yes’ dad could throw a 2000m horse but Fine Ruby is out of Fine Society who is a rarity in that she beat the males in the Canterbury Guineas. Fine Ruby was very strong through the line here over the mile last start. Daysan ran over 1700m at his Australian debut and ran very much like a horse who needs more ground which he gets today. Galierro might be ready to go on with it now after that booming win at Goulburn. Dr Evil is in the mix.

Bet: Fine Ruby to win, exacta 3 to beat 1


Kahawaty was kept safe at around the $12 mark when she debuted at Goulburn. Granted, the Anthony Cummings-trained filly only beat two home, but she was hampered at a crucial time. Better than that and she could easily be a sharp improver now with that run under the belt. Russian Standard was nosed out by Journalism here last start and there is a considerable rap on the winner so this has to be classed as an ‘easier race’. Sebring’s Rose was beaten a long way in her only trial but it was on the synthetic and she moved along OK.

Bet: Kahawaty each-way, quinella 6,7


Raging Bull is the archetypal David Payne Derby type. Whether it is Victoria, Sydney or Queensland, time will tell, but there is no doubt that he has classic ambitions as he goes along. No worries about him resuming at 1500m, he would probably find anything less than that a bit sharp. Market watch is essential. El Super is another Derby horse in the offing. This fellow is by Vadamos from a real staying family-line and that is exactly the way he raced on debut when a closing fifth in a Muswellbrook 1500m maiden on August 13. King Of Hearts has a massive finishing burst.

Bet: Raging Bull win, exacta 2 to beat 6, First 4: 2 (standout) to beat 1,3,5,6 (boxed)


Aicraftsman is a virtual replica of his sire, Starcraft, and out of a mare who won the Wellington Boot. Aircraftsman was $51 on debut when down the order but still not disgraced behind King Of Sparta in a midweeker on July 7. Note that he won a trial at Kembla by almost 8-lengths 2-days ago. Stunning type Otelo has been racing well without any luck at all. Ma And Pa is a John Singleton owned/bred son of his beloved Dear Demi. This Chris Waller trained son of Redoute’s Choice has come back in great shape judged on his back-to-back trials wins.

Bet: Aircraftsman to win, quinella 6,12


I’m Divine wears the famous Bart Cummings colours which is apt given that she is by one of the great man’s AJC Derby winners in Roman Emperor and is trained by none other than his grandson Edward. Not saying she is the next Duais, but she is bred to head to those sorts of races. If not here, then follow her for the long haul. Market watch essential on Auspicious Cloud. She is an American Pharoah filly out of the Galileo mare Galizani with whom this filly’s trainer John Thompson won a Tatts Club Cup. Trials were OK too.

Bet: I’m Divine each-way, Daily Double 1st leg (8), 2nd leg (2)


Never Cry is a Brad Widdup trained local who turned in a barnstorming performance to win at Goulburn 17-day ago. He has to graduate now to Class 1 standard but he looks like he is going up, up and away. Expecting a bold showing from Clarry Conners’ middle distance-type Seporto here down on the limit and off the back of some really nice trials. The very best Sagrado would be in this up to his ears. Fitter and getting up to a more suitable trip this afternoon.

Aeecee Express will be hard to run down if he finds the front.

Bet: Never Cry to win, Seporto to place


Tricolours gelding Patrolling is third-up here off two improving runs giving every indication that trainer Joe Pride has him ready and able to peak on the day. Should get a good run in transit from gate 5. Here’s one for the Paul Anka fans – Oh Please Dianna. The Singo filly is a daughter of Magic Millions winner Karuta Queen and has city form over in Adelaide. Did the job nicely at Goulburn at her first run for Mo’Unga’s trainer. Fox Fighter has claims sans-Conrad this time.

Bet: Patrolling to win, exacta 2 to beat 1

Originally published as Race day focus: Best bets, inside mail for Hawkesbury, Moruya

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