It’s right about now that everything seems just that little bit odd. Public holidays are in abundance, The Sydney carnival is just about wrapped-up, the Brisbane and Adelaide carnivals haven’t quite begun, and @smatho10 is handing out more thumbs-up then the days since Winx last lost. But regardless of all that, there is still plenty of group racing on this weekend at Hawkesbury, headlined by the Hawkesbury Gold Cup. The track is expected to be relatively dry with fine weather expected in Sydney for the remainder of the weekend. The rail goes out 9m, playing advantage to those drawn well, with eventual winners likely to come off the rail in the straight. Meanwhile, the rail goes out 8m at Caulfield, where those drawn inside should take plenty of benefit, especially in the feature ‘Ladbrokes Showdown’ for 2 year olds.

SportChamps is the leading provider of fantasy horse racing tournaments and they offer a range of tournaments to suit all budgets. Their major tournaments are run on a Saturday with rebuy and no-rebuy options across the major metropolitan venues. This Saturday there is a $7,500 guaranteed tournament covering the metro meetings for $50 entry with 1 rebuy as well $7,500 guaranteed for an all horse racing tournament at the cost of just $50 also with the 1 rebuy. For those that are time-poor or are looking for an early win, they run consecutive hour-long tournaments across a range of races, spanning all 3 codes as they carry on later into the night. They also offer free entry tournaments, giving those new to fantasy tournaments an excellent chance to get the hang of it without any financial risk.

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Moneyball and TopBetta also offer a vast range of tournaments, albeit slender rule variations, there is still plenty of prize money up for grabs. Despite the slightly smaller fields, options are a plenty for those wanting to play tournaments and we recommend you try out the different sites and options to find out which ones work for you. So if you are still nursing a two-up hangover or an Easter egg baby and you don’t have time to have a look, we have assembled our best bets to give you an excellent opportunity, including our main chances at both feature Hawkesbury and Caulfield meetings.

12:00pm – Eagle Farm Race 3 – Children’s Hospital Foundation Class 6 Plate – 1600m

Wish for it… And it will happen. Well for Shogun Sun, I have been hoping for the Written Tycoon gelding to get out to the mile and that day has come. In what looks a handy Class 6 early on a solid Eagle Farm meeting, Shogun Sun will headline an interesting field, including a three-pronged attack from the Waller stable. The Kelly Schweida trained runner has been promising at times but has been a bit of non-winner of late, having not won in six runs this campaign. Du Plessis remains the driver once again and will look to get the 4yo gelding into a nice position, most likely just offer the leaders, stalking them everywhere they go. The only concern for the favourite looks tempo related, but just on default, Shogun Sun looks to have this lot on toast and looks excellent chance to be going chips-in early on. Currently you can take $2.10 for Shogun Sun at Neds.

1:35pm – Hawkesbury Race 4 – Killahy Equine Hawkesbury Crown – 1300m

To kick off the group racing on Hawkesbury’s feature meeting of the year, the girls go around over 1300m for 175k in prize money. Surprisingly a lot of these runners have all come from varying lead-ups, including The Sapphire Stakes and the Coolmore Classic. After scoping the field, it looks a race in three, with blue jackets Manicure and Multaja and the Bjorn Baker trained Irithea, the main chances. It is Multaja that goes on top for me getting back on top of the ground with James McDonald to jump back on board once again. The Hawkesbury layout really suits the Medaglia D’Oro filly who is likely to get back, before winding up down the outside in the straight. There is a slight concern that that she may get buried back on the rail against the older horses, but Cummings will have every bit the confidence that J-Mac can steer this one to victory. Currently you can get $3.50 for Multaja at Pointsbet.

2:50pm – Hawkesbury Race 6 – XXXX Gold Hawkesbury Rush – 1100m

Another interesting race on the card is the Hawkesbury Rush over the sprint trip of 1100m. There looks to be plenty of speed up front and they could go like Usain Bolt early on. This will play into the hands of Tactical Advantage really nicely, who resumes here off 99 day break as the favourite. Although there are plenty of handy horses in the race, Kris Lees has the 5yo gelding ticking over nicely, where he has trialled superbly in preparation for his resumption. In what was the time of the day at Newcastle, he looked to be going half-paced, and I can just imagine James McDonald would be licking his lips ahead of this ride. I would normally want to watch a run before jumping on, but the Bel Esprit gelding absolutely flies fresh, having placed in all four of his first-up runs. You can currently snap up $2.15 for Tactical Advantage at BetEasy.

3:10pm – Caulfield Race 6 – Ladbrokes Showdown – 1200m

Despite not having group status, the Ladbrokes Showdown shapes up as the race of the day, with the current crop of 2yos to fight it out over the sprint trip at Caulfield. The key lead-ups to the race were Ern Jensen Funerals Handicap at Caulfield and the Bendigo Gold Rush, which was won by race favourite, Prince of Sussex. Although there is expected to be plenty of speed in this race, It is certainly ideal to be up on the pace over the sprint trip at Caulfield. I am going with the Clinton McDonald trained, Flostar, who comes out of the Thomas North Handicap here a few weeks ago. The filly put in a nice debut performance and will take plenty of benefit from the run as she gets out in trip. Oliver goes on board and will look to get a nice sit in behind the leaders before popping the question in the straight. At an each-way chance you can snap up $9.50 for Flostar at Sportsbet.

I just want to make a notable mention on the Hawkesbury Guineas. I probably spent the most time on this race without any confidence of who could win. It looks a very open race and the favourite, Kylease, just looks far too short for me. This might be an excellent race to have a crack at the exotics on SportChamps and catch those leaders if you go bang! Good luck!

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The Daily Fantasy Rankings "Dragon" has scoured the Australian sports betting markets and found some great value picks for these games. Check out his picks for the day below and click on the links to follow his betting plays!

Dragon's Picks Odds Sportsbook
Hawkesbury Race 6 - Tactical Advantage $2.15 Bet now at BetEasy!
Eagle Farm Race 3 - Shogun Sun $2.10 Bet now at Neds!
Caulfield Race 6 - Flostar $9.50 Bet now at Sportsbet!
Hawkesbury Race 4 - Multaja $3.50 Bet now at Pointsbet!


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