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Andrew Hawkins Racing starts to warm up again after strong Rosehill card

December 4, 2011

You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet recently.

I have been doing Centrebet RacingRoom as well as writing for TheShark.com.au, but I must admit it’s taken a while to adjust to post-carnival racing.

However, summer racing is on the improve and the blues are finally starting to fade, so gradually over the next couple of months you’ll start to see Andrew Hawkins Racing build up again.

I must say, I was actually rather impressed with the quality of yesterday’s program at Rosehill.

A couple of races with big fields were a welcome sight, and I think we may have seen horses that will go on to bigger and better things yesterday.

I’m going to stick my neck out and say that the two year old race was the strongest I’ve seen this season, and I expect all three placegetters – Fundido, Lyric and Brave Soul – to be there at the business end of the season.

You never quite know where the strength might come from – look at last season’s two year old races prior to Christmas.

There were a number of strong races, looking back now.

But the best of them might have been one which was a little underrated at the time, for a little Queanbeyan filly at 25/1 outsped her rivals to defeat another country trained galloper with a 9/1 Darley runner in third.

The second horse, Danger Lurks, is still a maiden despite a number of top runs – but the other two horses went on to much better things.

The winner, by a cool 3.8L, was Karuta Queen – a Magic Millions Classic winner who has won at Group 3 level and has had the misfortune (or perhaps the honour?) of running second to Black Caviar.

Third, beaten 4.2L, was Helmet – not quite showing the talent which has seen him emerge a three time Group 1 winner to date.

I reckon we will be looking back on yesterday’s race in a year’s time and marvelling at the form to emerge from the race.

Another promising horse looks to be Revolt, a Thorn Park gelding with Team Hawkes.

He’s come from a Newcastle maiden on Caulfield Cup day to stamp himself as a very nice horse in the making.

I must say though, I loved the run of Scouting Wide – the horse which was the focus of my article for The Shark this week!

Carrying 63kg after the claim for Taylor Lovelock-Wiggins, the noted pacemaker found himself back last for the majority of the race.

He made up a tremendous amount of ground in the straight to finish sixth, beaten 3.5L.

With that weight and given his racing style, it was an outstanding run and a sneaky preparation for his next run.

As far as I’m aware he will back up in the Listed Christmas Cup (2400m) next week.

Given his rating, he would have had 54kg in last year’s race, although he may carry more next week.

If he carries 54kg, he will be dropping 9kg – he’s won previously at his fourth run in a preparation, three of his four wins have come at the Rosehill 2400m and he will be hard to beat.

Single also demonstrated his potential with a good win first up.

A son of High Chaparral, his breeding says he should appreciate further but he may just be a good miler.

This preparation will tell more about him and he may find himself in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at his next start.

Also heading to the Villiers is Festival Stakes winner Monton, last year’s Hobartville Stakes winner who hadn’t shown much since.

Meanwhile, longer term goals look to be a realistic target for Dynamic Honour.

He’s a son of Dynaformer, the sire of Americain, and he would not be out of place in races like the AJC Derby or the Queensland Derby.

The more I look at yesterday’s meeting, the more I’m convinced the form will hold up into next autumn!

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