Eye on Hawkes

In-form sta­ble about to roll out more win­ners

The Sportsman Midweek - - The Trackwork Winners -

LAST Tues­day’s Rose­hill heats were bet­ter than some car­ni­val race days; the depth and tal­ent on show was quite re­mark­able and if it learned one thing, it’s Team Hawkes is THE sta­ble to fol­low in the next few weeks and through­out spring for that mat­ter.

It was one big hit af­ter an­other – BULLRUSH, OUR BOY MALACHI, SWEAR and then as if that wasn’t enough, RADRADRA!

We saw Swear come out and win the Ming Dy­nasty four days af­ter his low-key trial, you’d be a hard-marker not to think that the other three won’t do the same when­ever and wher­ever they step out.

Bullrush, Our Boy Malachi and Radradra won their re­spec­tive heats in al­most iden­ti­cal fash­ion – from the front and with bucket loads of au­thor­ity.

Bullrush is 5 for 5, Our Boy Malachi 18 out 24 and as for Chau­tauqua’s half-brother Radradra, well if he isn’t the best maiden in the county at present ( not for much longer, mind you), then who is ex­actly?

It would be re­miss while on Team Hawkes’ ex­tra­or­di­nary morn­ing not to men­tion KAEPER­NICK who came last and an awk­wardly placed one at that, to fin­ish a half-length sec­ond to COUN­TER­AT­TACK who is him­self fly­ing!

Let’s stick with Waller for a while longer be­cause if it wasn’t for the Hawkes’ string, the Kiwi master would have been ‘best on ground’ thanks to a bevy of ab­so­lutely su­perb tri­allers.

Coun­ter­at­tack was front and cen­tre the star act, no doubt about it, but he ably sup­ported with cameos from the likes of INVINCIBELLA, PEWTER, OCTAVIAN AU­GUS­TUS, the un­lucky MISS BALLANTINE and MACK­IN­TOSH who was best 7th of 8 you would see in any trial.

On most morn­ings, we lead this col­umn re­port with Inc­in­z­abella such was the enor­mity of her trial, but this wasn’t ‘most morn­ings’.

That said, the Denise Mar­tin syn­di­cated daugh­ter of I Am In­vin­ci­ble was ab­so­lutely sen­sa­tional win­ning her heat by a neck but with­out turn­ing hair. One thing gar­nered by look­ing at her form is how good John Thomp­son’s BLOW­ING KISSES who beat her at Can­ter­bury by a nose must be,

Blow­ing Kisses didn’t her­self trial on the morn­ing but we saw Thomp­son on SKY Thor­ough­bred Cen­tral la­bel her as one to fol­low this spring out of his sta­bles.

Of the rest of the Waller bri­gade, mark down Rough Habit win­ner, ex-Kiwi gal­loper Mack­in­tosh as a horse to pur­sue this spring – he could win a ma­jor mile to 2000m race this cam­paign.

Here now, are five horses that we would, and are, quite con­fi­dent about be­ing ‘win­ners’ when pro­duced namely BEZEL, MAGIC AL­IBI, RAVI, GENETEAU and STAR OF MON­SOON.

Bezel should have won on de­but – tragedy beaten it – Magic Al­ibi has been the eye catcher in her two heats in re­cent weeks, Ravi is just fly­ing while other Geneteau and Star of Mon­soon are sup­posed to race at Kem­bla to­day (Tues­day).

Of that quin­tet, the two that we are most bullish about as far as the punt is con­cerned are Ravi and Magic Al­ibi.

Now to one that per­haps the least known of all the horses we will write about to­day – STAR BOLT – from Con Karakat­sa­nis sta­bles at War­wick Farm.

This stun­ning look­ing fouryear-old geld­ing is a son of Red­oute’s Show – never heard of him?

Fair enough too, he won 3 out of 29, had 5 train­ers and those wins were at Tam­worth (maiden by 7-lens), Grafton Mur­willum­bah.

Star Bolt is un­raced right now, but he’ll be win­ning more than 3 and in bet­ter com­pany his dear old dad did.

An­other War­wick Farm based trainer with rea­son to smile was Bjorn Baker whose trio SIR PLUSH, SELITA and HERNE’S OAK all im­pressed for one rea­son or an­other.

The Snow­den fa­ther and son team of Peter Paul Snow­den had a few very nice per­form­ers on the day out­side of the afore­men­tioned Ravi – they be­ing DOTHRAKI and NICCOLANCE who has run­nerup sta­tus on the CV to Astern and Cap­i­tal­ist from his twoyear-old days.

INZ’N’OUT did a good job to fin­ish so close to Bullrush in their heat, ditto Myer Clas­sic con­tender DENMAGIC who came from last to run Our Boy Malachi to a half-length mar­gin.

Our ‘oth­ers’ on this spec­tac­u­lar morn­ing are HIRAPOUR, SUB­MIS­SIVE and UN­EQUIV­O­CAL.

Our Boy Malachi was just one of the im­pres­sive win­ners for Team Hawkes at last week’s Rose­hill tri­als

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