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Andrew Hawkins Racing Spring Medal: Underwood Stakes/George Main Stakes

September 22, 2011

I always consider the Underwood Stakes meeting to be the start of the spring carnival.

Therefore, I’ve decided it is time to get into reviews of the prior week.

However, I want to do things a little differently – so I’m instead going to do a review by awarding points based on the merit of a horse’s performance.

I will give the top 20 horses (in my opinion, of course) and award them points, with 20 points for the best performance and 1 point for the 20th best performance.

These will be published from now on every Tuesday, and will cover the week prior.

At the end of the spring (after the final weekly rankings are published on November 15), I will award the Andrew Hawkins Racing Spring Medal to the horse who has scored the most points throughout the spring!

So, without further ado, here are the first points to be awarded for the Andrew Hawkins Racing Spring Medal:

1. Lion Tamer (20 points)
An incredible Underwood Stakes victory, made more remarkable by the fact that it is considered almost impossible to win the race second up. I think he’s proving now that he was an underrated Victoria Derby winner.

2. Sincero (19 points)
Sat three wide, looked under pressure around the turn but made it look oh so easy. What a great horse! He’s a deserved Epsom favourite now.

3. Trusting (18 points)
Looked the class horse in the Hill Stakes, and proved too good! 2400m might be his next target.

4. December Draw (17 points)
Good win which guaranteed him a run in the Caulfield Cup. 2400m still looks a query but deserves to be rated on his win.

5. Green Moon (16 points)
How he won the Newcastle Cup after the run he had early is beyond me. Never thought I’d have a Newcastle Cup winner ranked this high but it was some sort of win.

6. Strike the Stars (15 points)
One of our 15 horses to watch, he is likely to start favourite in the Gloaming Stakes now.

7. Streama (14 points)
I think she’s still underrated, even after winning two legs of the Princess Series. She has the ability to put herself into the picture, and I think she’s the probable favourite in the Flight Stakes.

8. Sister Madly (13 points)
Good to see her finally start to live up to her potential.

9. Hallowell Belle (12 points)
Should have won the Thousand Guineas Prelude easily. Very nice filly.

10. Love Conquers All (11 points)
Looked gone coming around the home turn. I think we’ll see him win some nice races over the spring, especially if it is wet.

11. Thankgodyou’rehere (10 points)
Good win in the Bill Ritchie. Needs to take a step up to be competitive in the Epsom.

12. At First Sight (9 points)
Has Melbourne Cup written all over him. I’d be very surprised if he fails to earn any more points.

13. Ilovethiscity (8 points)
Good effort to turn his form around, a week after a poor run. Still don’t know where he rates among the weight for age ranks.

14. Southern Speed (7 points)
Outstanding effort in the Underwood Stakes. Has taken a while to hit form, but now that she’s in form she might be able to win one of the many mares races in upcoming weeks.

15. Bliss Street (6 points)
Probably lucky to win the Thousand Guineas Prelude but good on her. Would love to see her unleash that powerful turn of foot at Flemington.

16. Raspberries (5 points)
Good win in the Cameron Handicap. Keeps on improving.

17. Mosheen (4 points)
Another who was horribly unlucky in the Thousand Guineas Prelude. You’d normally say a bunched finish wouldn’t produce good form, but I think this race is an exception. Follow.

18. More Strawberries (3 points)
Nice return. Can she measure up in an Epsom? Who knows.

19. Pane in the Glass (2 points)
This filly has races to win – all she needs is the slightest hint of a solid tempo. Good run in the Tea Rose.

20. Darci Be Good (1 point)
Probably lucky to win the Spring Stakes, and I prefer Strike the Stars as a horse. But he is a winner.

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