CHRIS­TIAN HAILS SE­SAR

Hawkes ‘pol­ish’ sets up shining fu­ture

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MATT JONES

SE­SAR im­pressed his new sta­ble with a com­mand­ing win yes­ter­day — but in time he’ll go to an­other level, ac­cord­ing to jockey Chris­tian Reith.

The colt, now trained by Team Hawkes, won the Group 2 Ro­man Con­sul Stakes in Oc­to­ber in ex­actly the same con­di­tions he faced yes­ter­day at Royal Rand­wick — a Heavy 8 track over 1200m first-up.

Reith said the team would have plenty of fun with him as he be­comes more pro­fes­sional.

“He’s got a lot of upside be­cause he’s still do­ing a bit wrong,” Reith said.

“It was a funny-run race. He was on the bit, off the bit, but he’s got the Hawkes pol­ish so you’re al­ways con­fi­dent.

“He was tak­ing a while to concentrat­e on what he was do­ing, that’s why the blink­ers are on, and once he started to pick up top gear he got them with ease.”

Reith didn’t panic af­ter Se­sar be­gan slug­gishly and set­tled last, two lengths be­hind Al­man­zora.

“He’s al­ways slow away and Tommy Berry, who tri­alled him, told me he would prob­a­bly step slow away but don’t dig into him,” Reith said.

“Once we got over the rise (400m), he put them away quickly.”

Sta­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tania Rouse said, de­spite hav­ing to come from be­hind in test­ing con­di­tions, Se­sar’s class shone through as he beat Boss Lane by 1¾ lengths.

Se­sar’s su­pe­rior turn of foot made all the dif­fer­ence. rence.

“They were go­ing quick enough in front and the innstruc­tions to o Chris­tian were to o just let him travel l where he’s comm­fort­able,” Rouse se said.

“Chris­tian let him go through his gears and I was re re­ally happy to see him work through the line. He was travelling at the turn.

“He’s ob­vi­ously a horse that likes this track, dis­tance and a bit of give in the ground.”

Run­ner-up Boss Lane con­tin­ues to turn back the clock on a re­mark­able ca­reer. The vet­eran gave away weight and time to the win­ner but re­fused to sur­ren­der wit with­out a fight. Tr Trainer Ron Quin­ton was de­lighted w with the eighty year-old’s ef­fort o once again.

‘’He ran great, th the old boy,’’ Qu Quin­ton said.

““Ob­vi­ously the win­ner is a very, very promis­ing you young horse but our bloke did him­self proud and was rid­den re­ally well as well.

“He has been a won­der­ful old horse to the sta­ble. I would just love to win that 10th race with him. Any­way we’ll keep try­ing.’’

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