Eye on Hawkes
In-form stable about to roll out more 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