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CHAMPION jockey Tommy Berry believes Craftiness is his best ride of the day at Hawkesbury’s stand-alone meeting this Saturday.
Craftiness was last seen running second behind Our Boy Malachi in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes – in which Berry rode it to victory – but he partners the Joe Pride-trained runner this Saturday.
The four-year-old will contest the $125,000 XXXX Gold Rush (1100 metres) and is currently a $1.90 favourite with Sportsbet.com.au.
“I think Craftiness is my best ride on the day,” Berry said. “His form around the second-tier sprinters is some of the best and his last run was great.
“Craftiness has run half-a-length second to Our Boy Malachi who I consider a Group One carnival horse so I’m pretty excited to be on him.”
Berry is looking to push forward from barrier four with the son of Starcraft.
“There will be speed in the race but he’ll go forward and put himself into it,” he said.
Berry will also partner current Darley Crown favourite Peron ($4.50 at CrownBet.com.au) which continues his great book of rides at Hawkesbury.
The young star lines up with another favourite, Medcaut, in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup and third-favourite Najoom in the Hawkesbury Guineas.
Paul Messara lines up strong chance in Hawkesbury Guineas
Lightly-raced Rekindled Power is looking to give trainer Paul Messara the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas this Saturday.
The three-year-old son of Redoute’s Choice ran well for third fresh up in the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint at Randwick behind both Bring Me The Maid and Delectation.
Messara is confident about Rekindled Power’s chances and so are bookmakers, opening the colt as the $3.60 favourite.
“He looks great,” Messara said. “He’s definitely come on well from that first-up run.
“I assume he’ll get through the going. It was a genuine heavy at Randwick first-up.”
There is concern in the camp about Rekindled Power’s racing pattern. It likes to drop back and run on, so the lack of pace could be its undoing.
“I’ve looked at the likely pace and if the scenario unfolds that they don’t go very hard, we just have to settle a bit handier,” Messara said.
“There is still plenty left in the tank. From here the plan is to head to Queensland for the Sunshine Coast Guineas with the Queensland Guineas his grand final.”
Messara also lines up Tarangower in the $100,000 Benchmark 80 over 1600 metres.
“I was really disappointed with his run last week,” Messara said. “I thought he could win.
“But the Randwick track could have been an excuse. He was bouncing at home this week so I’ve decided to back him up. I can’t fault the horse.”
Tarangower is paying $11 with most bookmakers, with joint-favourite’s Electric Power and Song And Laughter sharing the popularity.
Group 3 Darley Crown market and odds
Bookmakers are finding it tough to separate two favourites for the Group 3 Darley Crown at Hawkesbury this Saturday.
The Peter Moody-trained Peron ($4.50) is edging out second favourite Rose Of Choice at $5 after strong money has come for the five-year-old.
Well fancied in the market is the classy Solicit ($9) which is looking to bounce back after a disappointing last start failure.
My Sabeel and Calming Influence are both in single digits but the Kevin Moses-trained My Sabeel will have to deal with the wide barrier draw of 15.
Darley Crown market
*Odds courtesy of Sportsbet.com.au
1. Solicit – $9
2. Bound For Earth – $19
3. Fine Bubbles – $12
4. My Sabeel – $8
5. Mamwaazel – $26
6. Peron – $4.50 at Sportsbet.com.au
7. Rose Of Choice – $5
8. Calming Influence – $8.50
9. Peace Force – $13
10. Belle De Coeur – $15
11. All Cerise – $41
12. Vergara – $12
13. Transfer – $34
14. Copy – $14
15. Villa Splendido – $61