Astero (Hawkesbury Race 8 No. 5):
This three-year-old Zoustar gelding trained by Matthew Smith has a win and two places from four starts and is the early favourite in this Class 1 handicap over 1300m. He worked to the middle of the track on straightening and drove to the front at the 150m before sprinting away for a 2 length win on a heavy track over 1300m at Canberra on 9 October, then looked the winner at the 200m but one got past him late for 0.3 length 2nd in a Class 1 over 1400m at Goulburn on 4 November. Resumes here from a 23 week spell and has been gelded and was 3rd in a recent trial. Other runners offer better value.
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