Lanciato looks right on target
EPSOM-bound backmarker LANCIATO rounded out his final approach to Saturday’s feature with a rock solid trial in the deepest of heats at Rosehill Gardens last Thursday morning.
The Mark Newnham-trained gelding finished fourth behind Chris Waller’s Group 1 winner and three times 1 runner-up SINGLE GAZE with CATESBY in second and SAVAPINKSI third.
Lanciato was 1.1-len from Single Gaze at the end but was nailed to fence and really had nowhere to go at any stage in the straight.
Ditto two more of the Waller mares in UNFORGOTTEN who was a 2.3-len seventh and SHILLELAGH who was last but only 3.7-len from Single Gaze.
The morning was all about one stable, namely Team Hawkes, who would have been thrilled beyond belief with their string.
Best of the whole bunch was VENDOME who came from last at 200m to win in the few strides – with the blinkers on.
This Karaka sale topper ($ 825,000) and brother to Shamexpress is a colt of exceptional talent.
Another of the Hawkes’ crew that went enormous was
This son of Snitzel was sold for $1.7m at the Inglis Easter Sale in 2017 and tipped out after his very unlucky nose second at Rosehill on June 2.
Star Witness replica VEDDER was fantastic winning his heat; this ball of muscle
1-len in front at the finish leading throughout and doing it all just so easily.
One wouldn’t see a better trial than what the Hawkes filly TELL ME turned in last week.
This well named daughter of Choisir and Sweet Little Lies (as in the Fleetwood Mac song) led whole way with such a high cruising speed that nothing ever got close to her.
What made the win all the more impressive was that she ran 53.83s and we stress again, she did it so incredibly comfortably.
Stablemate CRAFTY COP is a very good trialler and last week was no exception.
The son of Starcraft won his heat by 0.3-len getting up in the last few hops but he was very strong through the line.
To be honest, I thought MAHALANGUR would be a stakes winner by now but at this point in time he is provincial maiden winner.
The four-year- old son of O’Reilly won his heat by 1.5len in the manner suggesting that he will be a force during this spring campaign for Max Whitby and Neil Werrett.
Runner-up was DAWN DAWN, a daughter of the Hawkes’ great All Too Hard.
Dawn Dawn is 7s 3-1-2 and was spelled after beating Easy Eddie and Star Sensation at Rosehill on June 2.
It’s off to Melbourne with her we go.
You know you’re getting old when you realise that LE CORDON BLEU is an eigthyearold but to his credit, the son of Snitzel was lively and sprightly in equal doses finishing 0.2-len to Gerald Ryan’s
Third in this heat, and an outstanding one at that, was the last Team Hawkes horse FIRSTHAND who came from way back to get within 1.2-len off the winner.
Back Gerald Ryan now and wow, what a big win from the two miler (of the future) GODUNOV who was a hefty $ 620,000 yearling.
His sire is none other than Dalakhani while his dam is a Sadler’s Wells close relation to a host of grand Europeans including Melbourne Cup entry US Army Ranger.
Godunov showed loads of pace and speed leading throughout to win his heat by 3.5-len.
Look out for him this campaign – it could be a big one.
Take note that Godunov beat MISTER SEA WOLF, the last start Rowley Mile winner, who was doing good things late as you expect.
Bjorn Baker teamed up with Cressfield to win a 908m heat with the unraced three-yearold filly MODERNITY who is by Foxwedge out of the Scone nurseries blue hen mare PALIA
(dam of Onemorenomore etc).
She was pretty emphatic too, winning by 3-len.
The one that we liked most however out of this trial was Richard Freedman’s MERICAN who wants a mile or 2400m (maybe) and that’s the way he has been trialling of late; back-to-back closing efforts.
SNIPS was impressive enough winning his heat but the Godolphin filly COLOMBINA was an eye catcher finishing 1.3-len fifth in a fairly compact finish.
Ditto for their Royal Blue stablemates ALMANZORA and SIAM who were basically in unison across the line fifth and sixth spots respectively to the aforementioned Crafty Cop.
Lanciato is primed for the Epsom Handicap.