A runaway win by new stable acquisition Hawkshot in the Group 2 $200,000 Hyland Race Colours Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield today will see the Lindsay Park trained three year old line up in the Group 1 Australian Guineas.
Winning jockey Mark Zahra kept his association with the former Darren Weir trained gelding who produced a stunning all the way win against a good crop of promising three year olds.
Zahra took Hawkshot ($6.50) straight to the front and after setting the pace, careered away in the straight to record a three and three quarter lengths over Dealmaker ($6.50) with Ringerdingding a further lengths away in third spot.
The $3.20 favourite Social Spin was given a nice run by Ben Melham before finishing in fifth position.
Lindsay Park co-trainer Ben Hayes said that Hawkshot arrived at their stables from Darren Weir in great shape and he will now push on towards the Group 1 $1m Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 2.
“Mark (Zahra) knew the horse very well and let him roll to the front, he dictated and kicked away on the corner and could not have been more impressive,” Ben Hayes said.
“He has only been in our yard since Monday and was very well presented. He came to us looking a million dollars.”
“It looks like he is a good Guineas now.”
Hawkshot’s Australian Guineas price has nosedived from $41 to be a $9 chance for the Group 1 for the three year old olds.
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