Hawkspur chases trio
HAWKSPUR is striving to become the first horse in almost 50 years to win three successive Chelmsford Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
The Chris Waller-trained Hawkspur has managed only two wins in the past two years and both were in the 1600m Chelmsford Stakes.
Hawkspur was unplaced in his comeback run this campaign behind stablemate Royal Descent in the Warwick Stakes but will be fitter for the Group 2 weightfor-age race, first run back in 1895.
Only three horses have won a hat-trick of Chelmsford Stakes – the last was Roman Consul in 1967-68-69.
Hawkspur will face some tough opposition including Royal Descent, Pornichet and Messene, who ran 1-2-3 in the Warwick Stakes, and also Doncaster Mile winner Kermadec.
Melbourne Cup hero Protectionist is also set to return in the race.
LUCIA TRAMWAY RETURN THE Chelmsford Stakes race day also features the Tramway Stakes where top mare Lucia Valentina is scheduled to resume in the 1400m sprint. Lucia Valentina won the Tramway to kickstart a successful spring campaign last year that included a Group 1 Turnbull Stakes win and a third placing in the Caulfield Cup.
Trainer Joe Pride has duo Ball Of Muscle and Craftiness ready to sprint well fresh in the Concorde Stakes (1000m), Speak Fondly is the filly to beat in the Furious Stakes (1400m), and Voilier is ready to win the Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m).
PORNICHET TOP PICK MY TIP for this weekend is to follow Pornichet in the Chelmsford Stakes.
He was an excellent second when resuming behind Royal Descent in the Warwick Stakes and will be much better suited over the Royal Randwick 1600m course on Saturday, September 5.