Hawkes praises top ride by Berry
WILD Planet controlled the race from in front and outsprinted his rivals while Military Zone only gained admirers in defeat.
The boom three-year-olds ran the quinella as widely excepted in the $300,000 Inglis Guineas (1400m) with Wild Planet taking the honours.
The Team Hawkes-trained Wild Planet had been luckless in several feature races this season but star jockey Tommy Berry took luck out of the equation with a brilliant frontrunning ride at Scone.
“The plan wasn’t to lead but when Wild Planet jumped so ‘good’, Tommy thought there was no point giving up the lead,’’ co-trainer Michael Hawkes said.
“Tommy rode the horse perfectly. He backed off the speed mid-race and the best part was from the 1000m to the 600m when he got some cheap sectionals.
“Then in the straight he let the other horse get up outside him before he dropped the hamper and said let’s go.
“Wild Planet dug deep under pressure like he always does, he’s a fighter, he’s a winner and he is going the right way.’’
Wild Planet ($2.90) won by three-quarters of a length from Military Zone ($2.70 favourite) with Total Power ($21) a similar margin away third.
Berry said he was confident Wild Planet would “kick hard and find another gear” when challenged in the straight.
“I just waited for Military Zone to get within striking distance because I knew I had plenty of horse underneath me,’’ Berry said.