Strawberry Boy Waller’s Pick in 2016 Hawkesbury Cup

April 29th, 2016

Chris Waller has confirmed six runners in the field for Saturday’s 2016 Hawkesbury Cup (1600m), but rates the in-form Strawberry Boy as his best chance of success in the Group 3 feature race.

Chris Waller believes Strawberry Boy will be tough to beat in Saturday's 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Chris Waller believes Strawberry Boy will be tough to beat in Saturday’s 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Strawberry Boy has posted a commendable career total of nine wins and ten minors through thirty-one career starts so far, but has undoubtedly kicked-up a gear since being transferred to the care of Waller at the conclusion of his 2014 autumn campaign.

Strawberry Boy may need luck in transit from barrier 14, but has been confirmed to be partnered by notable hoop Kerrin McEvoy and remains outright $4.80 favourite in Hawkesbury Cup betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au.

Having savaged the line for a close third in the talent-rich Royal Randwick 100 (1400m) first-up a fortnight ago, Waller told Racing Ahead he is confident the horse will be very hard to beat under the conditions of the Hawkesbury Gold Cup second-up.

“It was a very good run, he’s never far away and he makes races interesting by the way he goes forward,” Waller said.

“I’d expect him to lead tomorrow and having had that run under his belt a couple of weeks ago which was a narrow defeat, he should be rock-hard fit and ready to go.

“He just needs a soft section or two through the mid-stages. If he gets that, they’ll find it very hard to get past him.”

Waller believes noted stayers Junoob, Opinion and Beaten Up will all be better for their run in the 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup, however Tales Of Grimm and Amovatio should both be ready to perform well.

“I would suggest Tales Of Grimm will be the next best chance simply, because he’s had the run and he’s drawn well,” Waller said.

“The likes of Junoob, Opinion and Beaten Up are likely to need the run and will be heading to Queensland.

“Amovatio shouldn’t be underestimated because he’s a promising horse but he has drawn barrier 19.

“Realistically I think out best three are Strawberry Boy, Amovatio and Tales Of Grimm.

Tales Of Grimm arguably offers punters the best value from money; currently available at Hawkesbury Gold Cup odds of $12 for success with Ladbrokes.com.au.