Team Hawkes seem set to turn their sensational spring into a golden summer after Outrageous continued his brilliant form at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Outrageous maintained an unbeaten start to his current campaign with a career-best win in the Group 3 $160,000 Festival Stakes (1500m).
For trainers Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes, Outrageous continued the stable’s outstanding start to the season which has included Group 1 wins with Ole Kirk (Golden Rose, Caulfield Guineas), Group 2 successes from Wild Planet (Theo Mark Stakes), Dirty Work (Schillaci Stakes) and Doubtland (Danehill Stakes), and Group 3 wins from Rock, Written Beauty and North Pacific.
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The Hawkes stable also prepared the winner of the $1 million The Gong last week with Archedemus but with that horse now in the spelling paddock, Outrageous has emerged as their main chance in the Group 2 $250,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on December 12.
With temperatures exceeding 40C at Rosehill, Sydney’s last Saturday of the spring had a searing summer feel to it anyway as the Hawkes stable continued their hot winning form.
“Outrageous is going to be our Villiers horse,’’ Michael Hawkes said.
“He had no weight today but he had to do it from start to finish. It was a tough win and going back a couple of years ago he may not have found the solid form he has this spring.
“The older this horse has got, the better he has got. The mile at Randwick I don’t think will be an issue for him – he ran well over a mile as a young horse.’’
Trainer Michael Hawkes says Outrageous will head to the Villiers next. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Outrageous was Group 1 placed as a two-year-old in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes and did finish an unlucky fifth in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes over the Randwick 1600m course but hasn’t lived up to that early promise – until now.
“He was unlucky not to have won a Group 1 and if he did then his career probably takes a different path,’’ Hawkes said.
“But it is not where you start it is where you finish and he still has a lot of life about him, he’s only a five-year-old, he’s sound and has no issues.’’
Outrageous ($4.80) settled on speed then forged clear in the straight, holding off the determined finish of Royal Celebration ($19) to win by a half neck with Evalina ($17) just over a length away third.
Only three horses this century have completed the Festival Stakes-Villiers Stakes double – Ike’s Dream (2004), Utzon (2006) and Monton (2011) – but top jockey Tommy Berry believes it is important for Outrageous to draw an inside barrier in the Villiers.
“I would have liked a bit of cover, he was a touch keen outside the leader,’’ Berry said.
“It would be nice in the Villiers if we draw a gate
“I hope we can get a bit of cover like he did first-up at Flemington as he has a very strong finish.
“That’s why I looked after him for as long as I did today – there was a lot of merit in his win.’’
Hawkes revealed the only instructions to Berry were not to go for home too early.
“The last thing I said to Tommy was wait until you really have to go for him,’’ he said. “When he came around the corner and at the top of the straight, when Tommy was swinging from him it was all over.’’
Monton, the last horse to win the Festival-Villiers double, was trained by Hall of Famer Ron Quinton, who also prepares Royal Celebration. Quinton will believe another Villiers is within his grasp after Royal Celebration’s game effort to lose narrowly. Royal Celebration came out of barrier 13, was trapped three-wide throughout, pushed deeper on the turn but continued to chase the winner right to the line.
ATC CUP: NEWNHAM LAUDS KING’S GLAMOUR RIDE
– Ray Thomas
Trainer Mark Newnham gave jockey Rachel King the ultimate compliment after they combined to win another feature race with Greysful Glamour at Rosehill Gardens.
“Rachel is a very good jockey, I’ve thought that for a long time,’’ Newnham said.
“Her first Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 winners were for me, I have a lot of faith in her.
“I was just saying to Ron Quinton earlier that very rarely do you walk away from a race disappointed with her ride.
“She comes well prepared, works hard, does her homework – and horses just run for her.’’
This certainly seemed the case when King rode Greysful Glamour to an all-the-way win in the Listed $140,000 ATC Cup (2400m).
King completed a hat-trick of wins in as many races after scoring on He’s A Hotshot and Threeood in the previous two races. She had not missed a top three finish in the first six races on the Rosehill program.
She then added a fourth winner after guiding Invictus Salute, also trained by Newnham, to a valuable black-type win in the Starlight Stakes.
But King deflected praise for her winning ride on Greysful Glamour, preferring to give all the credit to the striking grey mare.
“Greysful Glamour has been flying at home, I rode her in a gallop the other morning and told Mark it’s the best she has ever felt,’’ King said.
“But she was discounted a bit today because of her Melbourne runs but they were on wet tracks and she just won’t go on them.
“I think her last start was better than it looked as no leaders won all day and she has to race to that pattern.
“Back on top of the ground today, she was full of confidence and was skipping to the gates.
“We call them her ‘happy skips’ and when she does that you know she is going to run well.’’
Rachel King made it a winning hat-trick on Greysful Glamour. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Greysful Glamour ($9) dominated the ATC Cup from start to finish, leading throughout to score by two-and-a-half lengths from Laure Me In ($4.60 favourite) with Mantastic ($7.50) nearly a length away third.
Newnham has a soft spot for five-year-old Greysful Glamour who has been with at his Randwick stables virtually since he took out a trainer’s licence.
“Greysful Glamour has been with me since I’ve started training,’’ Newnham said.
“She has given us some great moments and judging by that win we still have a few to go.
“We got conditions to suit – dry track, she got to the front, controlled the tempo, a jockey who is familiar with her, lightweight, it all clicked into gear.’’
Newnham said he will keep Greysful Glamour in training with the Group 3 $200,000 Summer Cup (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Boxing Day the obvious target.
Greysful Glamour, who scored her fifth win from 32 starts and took her prizemoney to more than $660,000, is described by Newnham as “one of the smartest horses in training”.
The foal Invictus Salute carried to Rosehill on Saturday suddenly became more valuable after her victory.
The daughter of Exceed And Excel is in foal to super sire I Am Invincible and her progeny shot up in value after King got everything out of her to finish over the top of Spaceboy.
Newnham knew Invictus Salute would be hard to beat from barrier one and she got the perfect run in transit to finish it off in gritty fashion.
“That will probably be her last start now and we’ve added value to her offspring and her. She’s carrying valuable cargo there and hopefully it ends up back in the stable,” he said.
– with Matt Jones
AT THE TRACK: ACTION ON BIAS OVERDUE
– Matt Jones
There have been big problems with leader bias at Canterbury for a few seasons but it’s getting to a point where officials might have to consider not conducting meetings there.
“We have too much track bias in Australia,’’ trainer David Pfieffer said. “Look at the way Canterbury has played for a long time.’’
James McDonald and Nash Rawiller were criticised by stewards at Rosehill for their rides on Star Karen and Private Cheetah in the last race at Canterbury when they went hard in front before fading to run last and second-last. Stewards asked Chris Waller for McDonald’s instructions on Star Karen.
“The tactics were to jump and be positive and make sure there is a genuine tempo because she is very one-paced,” he said.
“These instructions were given at 10am and, as the race night went on, the horses that would normally be running last were also trying to lead. I can see why she didn’t finish the race off and it all comes down to track bias.
“Two races before, I had a $1.45 favourite that was expected to lead and it couldn’t because they were running times in getting to the front.”
Rawiller said “everyone” was trying to contest the lead on the night. It is getting out of hand. We can’t have a situation where all jockeys are trying to lead in every race because it’s their only chance of winning.
Waller says goodbye to first Group 1 winner
Chris Waller’s trained 117 Group 1 winners and his first, Triple Honour, passed away yesterday at the age of 16. Triple Honour won Waller’s first major in the 2008 Doncaster Mile. “It’s a sad day saying goodbye to Triple Honour. A special horse who has given us great memories,” Waller said.
Ready and Will-ing
Will Freedman, 29, is doing well as he starts his training career at Scone. He’s already won a Dubbo Cup and is training winners mostly with horses that previous trainers have moved on.
“When you start you just don’t know if you’re doing everything perfectly,” he said.
“From the outside looking in people probably that your confidence grows with the more wins you have but knowing horses are running to your expectations means you’re starting to get it right.”
So does he want to do what other member’s of his famous have done and are still doing and train in the big smoke and win the biggest races?
“I’ll say this. I have ambitions to train good horses and whether you can do that at Scone is yet to be seen,” he said.
“I won’t wait around for the facilities here to improve if I outgrow the location.”
Freedman sees the light
Richard Freedman snapped this picture of track work at Rosehill on Saturday morning and was loving the new lighting that’s been installed. I bet everyone else involved is too. Race tracks need as much lighting as they can get for morning work.
New lights at Rosehill Gardens.Source:Supplied
Horses to follow: Sambro (Magic Millions day) Through The Cracks (Villiers smoky), Starla (luckless)
Ones to sack: Evalina (lacking killer punch), Promotions (fell short again)
Ride of the day: Rachel King on Greysful Glamour (perfectly judged)
Quote of the day: “We’re racing to breed not breeding to race,” Mark Newnham said
TAB BEST BETS: ROSEHILL
It was an upset in the opening event of the day – the De Bortoli Wines Handicap (1100 metres).
Robodira ($19) had light specking at the generous price but most of the attention sat with the placegetters in Sliders and Hunnam with the pair $5 equal favs. The latter of the duo was $11 on Wednesday.
Between the pair they commanded over half the investment on the race while Centro Storico ($7.50-$5.50-$6.50) had plenty of admirers and was a clear third pick in that regard.
Of the rest, Princess Spice ($14-$8.50-$9.50) carried some decent investments too.
BETS: Centro Storico $9,000 @ $7
BETS: Hunnam $5,000 e/w @ $5/$1.95
Almania was a costly proposition in the Bisley Workwear Handicap (2400 metres).
The Kris Lees runner was one of the best tried gallopers all day, boasting more than double the amount of money than any of its competitors in this race. Overall, Almania held just under half the money here.
Almania had opened $5 on Wednesday and was sensationally backed all week.
It was left to He Runs Away ($5.50-$7) to land the cash despite holding a sixth of the money that the favourite did.
Favourite backers were sent packing in the TAB Highway (1200 metres) after the heavily tried Another One failed to flatter.
The gelding was heavily tried right throughout the week and that support continued today. TAB initially went up $6 about him and after bottoming out at $2.30 on the day, eventually jumped a $2.90 favourite.
Art Cadeau ($3.30) was best tried to beat the fav and ran a mighty race to finish second but was no match for Warrah Flash ($13-$18) which enjoyed a better run in transit.
Of the others, Crackerjack Kenny ($15-$11-$13) had plenty of eachway support as did Clearly Regal ($17-$12).
BETS: Another One $3,000 @ $2.90
Despite being a drifter for most of the betting, He’s A Hotshot was too good for his rivals in the Quincy Seltzer Handicap (1300 metres).
The Bjorn Baker-trained galloper opened the day at $4.20 and reached a peak of $6 before a late rally saw him come into $5.50.
Rachel King got the best out of the galloper in the home straight to hold off Starla ($12-$14-$10) and the favourite Promotions ($3.40).
Promotions was the best tried runner in the race and held nearly double what Darleb ($5.50) did, however, it was a fairly open affair with most of the field coming in for some sort of decent support.
BETS: Hes A Hotshot $2,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Darleb $2,000 @ $5.50, $1,500 @ $5.50
BETS: Promotions $2,500 @ $3.40, $2,000 @ $3.40, $1,000 @ $3.40 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Write Your Name $1,000 @ $7 MULTIPLE TIMES
Being forced to do it tough and a noted drifter in betting, Threeood defied those factors to land the money in the Iron Jack Handicap (1100 metres).
Joe Pride’s rep went $9-$16-$15 and although having to sit wide the trip, Rachel King got the best out of the mare first-up and gave herself a winning double in the process.
It was a disappointing race for favourite backers with the heavily tried pair of Plaquette ($2.70 fav) and Lady Banff ($12 on Wednesday, $3.80 today) failing to figure in the placings. The duo were responsible for 68 percent of the total hold.
BETS: Rare Episode $2,000 x $1,000 e/w @ $19/$4.40
BETS: Lady Banff $2,500 @ $4
BETS: Plaquette $6,250 @ $2.80, $3,000 @ $2.80, $2,000 @ $2.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,500 e/w @ $2.70/$1.40
Rachel King made it three straight wins by guiding Greysful Glamour to success in the ATC Cup (2000 metres).
Greysful Glamour made it yet another winner on the day at Rosehill that drifted in betting. Mark Newnham’s consistent mare opened the day at $6.50 but jumped at double figures ($10).
The pair led and booted clear at the top of the straight, relegating Laure Me In ($6-$4.80-$5) to second spot after it was backed into favouritism earlier in the day. Mantastic ($9-$7) which was tried at a price wound up in third in front of the popular Wolfe ($9) which held more money than anything in the race outside the fav.
BETS: Savacool $1,000 e/w @ $13/$3.60
BETS: Bonvicini $4,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Mantastic $1,500 @ $7.50
Outrageous was crunched late in the Fujitsu General Festival Stakes (1500 metres).
Opening the day at $6, the Team Hawkes runner was specked into $5 early in the day and was pretty solid for most of the afternoon. Just minutes out from the jump though, his price tumbled into $4.20 which nearly made him favourite.
Tommy Berry pulled everything out at the end to land the move – just – after Royal Celebration ($26-$19) ran a cracker after being wide throughout. He definitely ran up to the support for him at decent odds.
Through The Cracks ($5-$4) went around as favourite while Ranier ($7.50-$6.50-$7.50) held the most money in front of stablemate, Phaistos ($4.60-$5.50).
BETS: Outrageous $2,500 @ $5.50, $2,500 e/w @ $5/$2.10, $1,000 @ $4.60
BETS: Through The Cracks $1,000 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4
BETS: Phaistos $2,000 e/w @ $5/$2, $1,500 @ $5
BETS: Ranier $5,500 x $1,500 e/w @ $7/$2.50, $3,000 @ $7.50
Favourite backers were sent packing here after the two heavily tried runners in Snitz and Varda failed to figure in the finish of the Schweppes Starlight Stakes (1100 metres).
The pair dominated the hold on the race and were two of the first horses backed on Wednesday when markets were released. Snitz was $11 at that time and Varda was $4.60.
Today, Snitz went around as $3.50 favourite while Varda was backed into $3 before getting back out late to $3.90.
Between the pair of them they were responsible for 55 percent of the market.
Invictus Salute hovered around the $6-$7 mark for most of the day and had her share of admirers, however, she held around a sixth of the money that the two abovementioned horses did.
BETS: Invictus Salute
BETS: Snitz $2,000 @ $4
BETS: Varda $8,100 @ $3.90, $2,000 @ $3.90
BETS: Inanup $1,000 @ $13
Two Big Fari was one of the popular runners at Rosehill today and his win meant it was a terrible result for TAB after the running of the Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (1500 metres).
Todd Howlett’s rep went around with nearly as much money as the favourite Great News ($4-$2.90), with the pair settling down to fight it out after racing one-two for most of the trip.
In the end, it was Two Big Fari ($11 on Wednesday) to land the cash as a $7 chance much to the delight of one customer who splashed out $10,000 on the winner to pick up $80,000.
BETS: Two Big Fari $10,000 @ $8
BETS: Great News $2,000 @ $3.30
BETS: Miss Einstein $1,000 @ $9
Originally published asTeam Hawkes continue Outrageous form
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