Sydney’s top trainer Chris Waller continues to dominate this season’s Group 1 tally recording another elite level win this time with the up-and-coming stayer Hawkspur in the Queensland Derby 2013.
Having thrived in the sunshine state this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, Purrealist gelding Hawkspur was the ace three-year-old yet again at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Stradbroke Handicap Day relishing the step up to the mile and half in the $500,000 Group 1 Channel Seven Queensland Derby (2400m).
Despite missing the jump Hawkspur settled nicely into sixth and made their move up through the middle on the straight walking away with a breezy three length victory over Electric Fusion and the David Payne-trained Honorius.
In winning the Queensland Derby 2013 Hawkspur set themselves up as a genuine staying type to watch heading towards the big Group 1 spring races over the coming seasons including of course the world’s richest handicap, the Melbourne Cup, according to Cassidy.
“With Waller it could be anything, we could be winning the Caulfield or Melbourne Cup next!” Cassidy, enjoying his 98th Group 1 victory in the Queensland Derby, said.
“If they can stay it’s a big advantage.
“Good stayers are hard to find and he’s (Waller has) found himself another one.
“That’s half the trouble…if they’ve got the right attitude that’s what makes them better than the rest.
“He’s got all the attributes to improve a bit further.”
Hawkspur also became the second horse in as many years to win the three-year-old winter carnival triple crown in Brisbane having won both the Grand Prix Stakes and Rough Habit at their two most recent runs leading up to the big Group 1 assignment.
Waller said they wouldn’t plan too far ahead with Hawkspur just yet but indicated that the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan Handicap (1400m) at Randwick in October during the spring would make a nice goal initially.
“We never like to get too far ahead of ourselves,” Waller said.
“Obviously he’s won some good prize money and got a Group 1 next to his name.
“The important thing is to enjoy horses like this and put him in races he can be competitive in.
“Maybe a Metropolitan or something like that.”
Check out the full 2013 Queensland Derby results and finishing order in the table below then head over to our number one recommended bookie bookmaker.com.au to place your next bet at the guaranteed best price down under this winter!
2013 Queensland Derby Results
Eagle Farm Race 7 – 08/06/2013
|1||1||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||–||3||57kg||$4EF|
|2||5||ELECTRIC FUSION||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||2.8L||18||57kg||$17|
|3||2||HONORIUS||David Payne||Michael Rodd||3L||2||57kg||$7.50|
|4||9||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Glen Boss||3.8L||16||57kg||$9|
|5||18||GONDOKORO (NZ)||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||4.6L||11||55kg||$4.40|
|6||3||USAINITY (NZ)||Murray Baker||Hugh Bowman||9.6L||15||57kg||$19|
|7||15||CELTIC PRINCE (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Nash Rawiller||11.1L||8||57kg||$26|
|8||4||SURVIVED (NZ)||John Bary||Jonathan Riddell||11.9L||14||57kg||$4EF|
|9||6||LASER FLASH||David Payne||Christian Reith||13.2L||6||57kg||$21|
|10||12||LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY||Steve Englebrecht||Grant Cooksley||14.2L||13||57kg||$51|
|11||7||AROUSING SUSPICION||Paul Rocke||Billy Egan||14.4L||5||57kg||$31|
|12||14||ALI VITAL (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Darren Gauci||18.4L||7||57kg||$26|
|13||10||FAUST (NZ)||Danny Williams||Peter Robl||18.7L||4||57kg||$41|
|14||8||TRAKSTAR||Tony Gollan||Larry Cassidy||20.5L||1||57kg||$101|
|15||16||HEATER||John P Thompson||Michael Cahill||20.7L||17||57kg||$501|
|16||13||SIR DENZEL (NZ)||John O’Shea||Craig Newitt||27.7L||10||57kg||$51|
|17||17||ZAGAMI||Jeffrey Caught||Kerrin McEvoy||27.8L||9||57kg||$401|
|18||11||KENTAUR||Shaun McCarthy||Timothy Bell||35.3L||12||57kg||$201|
|–||22e||TONOPAH (USA)||Craig Ritchie||Brad Rawiller||–||0||–||–|
|–||21e||PARAGGI (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||Jim Byrne||–||0||–||–|
|–||19e||SAVE THE STAR||Ben Ahrens||Brad Stewart||–||0||–||–|
|–||20e||AMBITIOUS CHAMPION (NZ)||Murray Baker||–||–||0||–||–|