Hiero is yet to break his maiden through three starts, but he absolutely savaged the line to finish second over a mile at Hawkesbury last time out and will be hard to hold out this afternoon. By prominent sire Lonhro, Hiero should find his ideal trip at around 1800m today and he can find a position slightly closer to the pace from barrier 6, before calling on his smart turn of foot. This looks terrific placement from trainer John Thompson.
The Gerald Ryan-trained Barbary has been racing fairly this time in and is rock-hard fit for his fourth-up appearance at Hawkesbury this afternoon. The Animal Kingdom gelding ran a strong second over 1200m at Gosford first-up in March and has since placed fourth in races at Wyong and Kembla Grange respectively. This afternoon’s race is no harder than anything he has contested and he’ll enjoy a 3kgs relief in the weights. He looks over the odds at his current quote.
Wander has only had two career starts, but he is yet to finish worse than second and is the horse to beat in Race 7 at Hawkesbury today. The Lonhro gelding stamped himself as a horse to follow when he debuted last August for an easy win at Wyong and he is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from his first-up run for second behind Prime Candidate three weeks ago. Brenton Avdulla retains the ride and the three-year-old will be extremely difficult to beat.
Best Each-Way Bet
Ambassador Lad failed to fire on soft going at Echuca last time out, but he’ll find far more appropriate conditions at Moe today and is capable of working his way into the money. The lion’s share of Ambassador Lad’s best performances have been posted at a mile-and-a-half and he gets that for the first time this preparation this afternoon. He can find a position close to the pace from barrier 6.