The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

CO-TRAINER Wayne Hawkes, like his Hall Of Fame fa­ther John, isn’t one to get car­ried away by the fan­fare of their un­beaten colt Bru­tal, hot-favourite for tomorrow’s Listed McKen­zie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Val­ley.

Bru­tal be­came the talk of the town after his five length de­mo­li­tion of ri­vals on de­but with the rac­ing me­dia and race fans alike.

The Hawkes’ al­ways abide by the belief of judg­ing a horse after it’s had a cou­ple of starts.

“On de­but, he had ev­ery­thing go his way,” Hawkes said re­fer­ring to Bru­tal’s all-the-way win.

“He was Bru­tal to me be­fore that race and he is still Bru­tal to me now – but ev­ery­one else, it’s a dif­fer­ent ball game be­cause peo­ple look at him dif­fer­ently now whereas I don’t.”

In that race, the son of O’Reilly jumped straight to the front and kicked away on straight­en­ing un­der hands and heels from jockey Dwayne Dunn record­ing bril­liant sec­tion­als along the way.

He sprinted home from 600m in 33.94, his fi­nal 400m in 22.16 and last 200m in 11.23 at the end of 1200m.

To put that into per­spec­tive, the only horse to run quicker sec­tion­als all day was Voodoo Lad who clocked 33.48, 21.99 and 11.11 in win­ning the 1100m Sir John Monash Stakes.

Tomorrow, Bru­tal will face some new chal­lenges com­ing off a freshen-up, step­ping up to stakes com­pany, head­ing to Moonee Val­ley for the first time and over­com­ing a wide draw.

“I don’t think Moonee Val­ley will be a prob­lem,” Hawkes said.

use it as an ex­cuse if a horses goes there and fails the first time.”

“Good horses adapt. We make ex­cuses for bad horses.

“We haven’t dis­cussed rid­ing tac­tics yet but this might be an op­por­tu­nity ride him dif­fer­ently and see what his ar­tillery is like rid­ing him from be­hind.

Whether a change of tac­tics is adopted or not, Hawkes is con­tent with the colt.

“He has trained on well and I am happy with him.”

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