2016 Hawkesbury Cup Tips and Betting Preview

April 28th, 2016

A talented and capacity field of milers has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured 2016 Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Mighty Lucky represents terrific value to win the 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Mighty Lucky represents terrific value to win the 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Strawberry Boy remains outright $5 favourite in 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Ecuador and Beaten Up; currently sharing the second line at generous $8 quotes.

Will Strawberry Boy justify favouritism and win the 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup or will one of his talented rivals post an upset?

1st

Sons Of John ($8.50)

Sons Of John stormed home to win the 2015 edition of the Hawkesbury Gold Cup and should relish the conditions of the race again this year first-up, having trialled particularly well through recent weeks. Resuming in spring for a close second behind Winx in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m), Sons Of John was arguably at his best when charging home for third in the featured Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) in early October. Drawn mid-field on Saturday, the Oratorio gelding is sure to receive a plum ride from regular hoop Jeff Penza.

2nd

Strawberry Boy ($5)

Strawberry Boy has been a strong and consistent performer for trainer Chris Waller through recent seasons and should prove tough to beat in the 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Running fourth in each of the Theo Marks Stakes and Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) most notably in spring, Strawberry Boy returned in summer for a short preparation highlighted by a close second behind Lucky Hussler in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on January 9th. Having hit the line well for third in the Royal Randwick 100 (1400m) first-up on April 4th, Strawberry Boy may require some luck in transit from barrier 14.

3rd

Mighty Lucky ($10)

Mighty Lucky won the Royal Randwick 100 last start but has been charged with carrying 58kgs in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup and undoubtedly faces a far tougher assignment this time. A standout for trainer Fred Cowell over summer, the Casino Prince gelding charged home to win the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) on November 28th; progressing to fifth in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) before returning to winning form in the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) on Boxing Day.

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