Kathmandu has not finished beyond a length and a half of the winner on both occasions it has confronted the starter and in both races it has made great progress. The blinkers are applied for the first time, which is a huge benefit.
Wedgie confronts the starter for the third time looking to back up a brilliant maiden victory at Kembla at the end of January. In a smaller field the horse should be able to find the front with ease and take this one out from go to whoa.
It looms as Squaw Peak’s time to shine. The horse has not missed a placing this preparation over three runs, and has made great headway over that time frame. Squaw Peak looms as the classiest runner in this field.
Race 3 tip: Squaw Peak to win ($1.80 at Ladbrokes)
We’re backing Never Out in this contest. The horse is third-up – where it has placed previously – and has a win and was only two parts of a length away from getting another this preparation. The Kim Waugh will be right on the mix once again in its Hawkesbury debut.
Godolphin runner Nai’a did not get a lot of luck upon resumption on January 28 and the Lonhro filly still managed to find a placing. We think the horse will be fitter following that first-up run and presents as a winning chance for James Cummings.