TEAM HAWKES NOT GETTING CARRIED AWAY– JUST YET
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.”