An exciting Saturday beckons at Hawkesbury’s stand-alone city meeting this weekend, where the Triple Crown team are preparing to saddle up three chances in the feature races on the card.
Group 2 winner REELEM IN RUBY has the tricky task of giving weight away to all her rivals in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown (1300m), though she will be reunited with Tim Clark, the man who guided her to a memorable victory in the Hot Danish Stakes at Rosehill in 2019.
Ruby will be joined in Saturday’s $175,000 contest by her Triple Crown stablemate MISTEED, who is seeking some valuable black-type before going under the hammer at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale next month.
A multiple city winner, Misteed can count herself unlucky not to be stakes-placed already, having endured a luckless run when fourth, beaten 0.6L, in the Listed Nudgee Stakes up in Queensland. She will be out to better her ninth-place finish in last year’s renewal of the Hawkesbury Crown.
After the mares do battle in Race 5, all eyes will turn to EXOBOOM in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas – and not just because he’s likely to dwarf his opposition!
The giant son of Exosphere created a huge impression in his two space-job wins last preparation, though he will need to improve plenty from his first-up run at this track if he is to trouble what looks to be a vintage field for the $200,000 contest.
Being such a gross horse, he is expected to do just that, and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the preparation holds in store for this hugely promising individual.
Best of luck to the team at Snowden Racing and all our owners in Saturday’s runners!
Talented mare MISSILE MANTRA produced another gutsy effort at Caulfield on Saturday, finishing a gallant second in the Listed Anniversary Vase to record her fifth placing at Stakes level.
The daughter of Smart Missile let down strongly in the final 200m to snatch second from dual Listed winner Riddle Me That, but failed to reel in Tasmanian raider Still A Star, who enjoyed a dream run up the rail.
Missile Mantra lost nothing in defeat and added further black-type to her impressive CV, which already included a Group 3 win and Group 1 placing. Saturday’s result was her fifth placing at Stakes level, though she has also recorded a pair of fourth-place finishes at Group 3 level.
It was certainly no disgrace being beaten by a multiple Stakes winner who has only finished outside the top two in one of her 16 career starts, and we look forward to seeing what the rest of the preparation has in store for Missile Mantra.
She is likely to head north of the border for her next start, which is set to be in either the Listed Scone Cup or Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic at Scone on Friday 14th May.