Lan­ci­ato looks right on tar­get

The Sportsman Midweek - - Latest Trackwork - Syd­ney tri­als SHAYNE O’CASS

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

DIPLOMATICO.

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

PROB­LEM SOLVER.

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.

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