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Hawkes colts fight out Golden Rose finish

Two superbly bred Hawkes Racing colts have fought out the finish of the Group One Golden Rose as Rothfire’s Everest campaign came under a cloud.

The Queensland flyer, who started an odds-on favourite, punctured late to finish fourth and was later found to be lame.

But it was all smiles from the Team Hawkes camp as Ole Kirk ($7), who hails from the family of Black Caviar and All Too Hard, edged out stablemate North Pacific ($7.50) by a head.

King’s Legacy ($21) ran on well for third in a good Caulfield Guineas trial.

The triumph gave jockey Tommy Berry his 30th Group One victory in the same race that delivered his first aboard Epaulette eight years ago.

“It’s very special. A lot has happened between my first and my 30th,” Berry said.

“My first one was for Peter Snowden who trained at Warwick Farm when I was a little kid there, and so did the Hawkes boys.

“They’re two memorable ones and have been for people who have known me since I could walk.

“They’ve seen me grow up hassling as a little kid at the track and I used to get yelled at, (brother) Nathan and I.

“I still get yelled at by them now all the time, so not much has changed.”

The Hawkes team specialise in sourcing well bred, athletic colts and nurturing them into quality racehorses who go on to lucrative stud careers.

Both Ole Kirk and North Pacific fit that bill and co-trainer Michael Hawkes says Saturday’s Golden Rose (1400m) result is satisfying.

“It is all about these colts. That is what we love doing. We exceed at it,” Hawkes said.

“We aren’t flamboyant about it, we are reserved and get on with the job and know what has to be done.

“Obviously this is the grand final, to run one-two, fantastic effort.”

The news wasn’t so good for Rothfire with Jim Byrne telling stewards he stopped quickly halfway up the straight, a clear sign to the jockey something was amiss.

“I had to work to get there but at the 400 metres I didn’t think they were going to catch me, but by the 300 metres it was over,” Byrne said.

“When he didn’t let down straightaway I thought something wasn’t right.”

Byrne dismounted from Rothfire on pulling up and the gelding was walked back to the enclosure, vets later finding him lame in the off-foreleg and shoulder.

The first three placegetters will all press on to the Caulfield Guineas.

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2020 Golden Rose Preview, Odds, & Tips

The 2020 Golden Rose (1400m) is upon us, with no shortage of drama in the lead up following Farnan’s spectacular failure in the Run To The Rose.

Rothfire heads in as the hot favourite, let’s see if anything can get the better of the ‘Thriller from Chinchilla’.

The rail is back in the true and it’s predicted to be a Good 4 surface, which should mean the track plays fairly and winners should be able to come from anywhere.

1 – Rothfire – $1.95 ???

It’s tough to knock this guy. Some pundits were questioning the Queensland form before the Run To The Rose, but The Thriller From Chinchilla put all of those queries to bed last start. Looks to map perfectly behind probable leader Yardstick, has won at 1400m before, and should be able to peel out at the right time and get the job done. Very hard to beat.

2 – King’s Legacy – $17

Never had a chance last start and should improve stepping up in distance and fitness, but I’m looking to others here. I’ll be following him later in the prep over the mile and above.

3 – Mamaragan – $14 ?

Should be able to settle a few pairs back on the fence and is another who will enjoy the step up in distance. He hasn’t had much luck so far this preparation and I’m expecting an improved showing, worth including in exotics.

4 – Ole Kirk – $9 ??

A massive sustained run to place in the Run To The Rose after a five week break, and is benefited by added fitness and the step up in trip. I think he could be the one to cause the most trouble to Rothfire if everything goes right, and I think he’ll be a very good chance in the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) if the Hawkes camp decide to send him there after this.

5 – North Pacific – $5.50 ??

The map is a little tricky here and he may be spotting Rothfire quite a few lengths, but he’s certainly a chance to be in the finish and will go in all exotics. His best runs have been on wet decks, which is a little question mark.

6 – Global Quest – $26 ??

Interesting setup from Waller after this galloper resumed over the 1500m in the Dulcify Stakes last start, finishing second behind Mo’unga. Is a must watch for me and I’d be tempted to include in exotics to sneak a place at the big price.

7 – Peltzer – $8.50 ?

Should be able to stalk Yardstick and Rothfire and get a nice economical trip, and certainly has the ability to run a place.

8 – Sauvestre – $61

Has run reasonably well this preparation but he’s been thrown into the deep end here and would need to rapidly improve.

9 – Yardstick – $51

Will certainly make his own luck and should lead them here, but will need to be t his best to hang on in the finish, with some very talented runners chasing him down.

Tip: 1-4-5-3

? = Must Watch
? = Big Winning Chance
?= Worth Including in Exotics

2020 Golden Rose Odds

*Odds correct at time of posting this article.

1Rothfire (8)J: Jim Byrne 56.5kg T: R L Heathcote$1.90$1.16
2King’s Legacy (9)J: Hugh Bowman 56.5kg T: P & P Snowden$15.00$3.30
3Mamaragan (1)J: Nash Rawiller 56.5kg T: John Thompson$14.00$3.10
4Ole Kirk (3)J: Tommy Berry 56.5kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$8.50$2.20
5North Pacific (6)J: James Mcdonald 56.5kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$5.50$1.60
6Global Quest (4)J: Brenton Avdulla 56.5kg T: C J Waller$21.00$4.00
7Peltzer (2)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 56.5kg T: G Ryan & S Alexiou$8.00$2.15
8Sauvestre (5)J: Glen Boss 56.5kg T: C J Waller$61.00$8.00
9Yardstick (7)J: Tim Clark 56.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$51.00$7.00


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King’s Legacy out to spoil Rothfire’s Rose

The Run To The Rose winner Rothfire is a dominant Golden Rose favourite but rival trainer Peter Snowden has questioned whether that form will stack up.

His charge King’s Legacy finished last but recorded the second quickest final 200m sectional of the race, which was run at a hectic tempo.

While King’s Legacy bounced out of the run, Snowden wasn’t sure if every horse would have coped as well as his colt.

“He never lightened off at all after that run the other day and that was a hard run for every horse in the race,” Snowden said.

“The pace it was run at, everyone was chasing a long way out so it’s a gut-busting run really, but he came through it with flying colours.

“You look at a few of those horses, they all looked like Group horses a month ago and just through having hard runs, you wonder if they will all be able to keep going.”

A select field of nine will tackle Saturday’s 1400m feature and six of them are coming out of The Run To The Rose, including the first three across the line in Rothfire, Ole Kirk and North Pacific.

Snowden says Rothfire is a deserved favourite but while the Queenslander is a Group One winner of the J J Atkins over the distance, he believes the Golden Rose will be a different style of race.

“What he did last start, he commands favouritism for sure, and on what he did last prep,” Snowden said.

“Seven furlongs is a bit different. Although he is a Group One winner at seven during the carnival in Brisbane and he can definitely run seven, there are a couple of handy horses here.”

A dual Group One-winning two-year-old, King’s Legacy is also proven over the Golden Rose trip at the elite level as a Sires’ Produce Stakes winner.

Hugh Bowman reunites with him and Snowden says the booking of the top jockey is key.

Bowman rode King’s Legacy to win the Sires’ Produce and Champagne Stakes as a juvenile and has been heavily involved in his spring preparation.

“He rode him twice last time for two wins,” Snowden said.

“He knows the horse well, he rides him work so he will judge the pace and know when to come into the race at the right time.”

A $15 Golden Rose chance, King’s Legacy is being aimed towards the Caulfield Guineas while the Cox Plate is also on the table.


2020 Golden Rose Final Field & Barriers

The final field and barrier draw has been completed for the $1 million 2020 Golden Rose (1400m) to be held at Randwick on Saturday.

Favourite Rothfire has drawn out in barrier 8, with possible leader Yardstick next to him in barrier 7.

Rothfire has been moved into $1.85 following the barrier draw, with North Pacific ($5.50), and Ole Kirk ($8) the other runners in single figures.

*Odds correct at time of posting this article

1Rothfire (8)J: Jim Byrne 56.5kg T: R L Heathcote$1.85$1.16
2King’s Legacy (9)J: Hugh Bowman 56.5kg T: P & P Snowden$15.00$3.40
3Mamaragan (1)J: Nash Rawiller 56.5kg T: John Thompson$13.00$3.00
4Ole Kirk (3)J: Unknown 56.5kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$8.00$2.20
5North Pacific (6)J: Unknown 56.5kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$5.50$1.65
6Global Quest (4)J: Unknown 56.5kg T: C J Waller$21.00$4.00
7Peltzer (2)J: Unknown 56.5kg T: G Ryan & S Alexiou$11.00$2.50
8Sauvestre (5)J: Unknown 56.5kg T: C J Waller$41.00$6.00
9Yardstick (7)J: Tim Clark 56.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$31.00$5.50

8 Horses to Follow from 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Weekend

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Day was an action packed card of racing, with a few hot favourites going under, no doubt shaping the spring for some runners who performed above or below expectations. Here are a few to follow throughout spring…

Russian Camelot

It’d be a crime not to start with this fella at the top, what a run it was from the 2020 Cox Plate favourite. Drawn wide and caught five wide the trip, he did a power of work in the run and still only just went down to mile specialist Fierce Impact… first up, and well short of his best trip. Wow. Has been slashed from $11 into $6 in the 2020 Cox Plate and rightly so, could very well go undefeated for the rest of the spring.

Watch: Russian Camelot with a massive first up run, and also Master Of Wine working home strongly.

Master Of Wine

This Hawkes galloper also ran well, hitting the line strongly and showing good progression in a campaign geared towards the 2020 Caulfield Cup. I wasn’t as worried as some about his run in the Winx Stakes first up after being caught wide in a hot speed, and he’s come on here. Looks right on track to step up in the 2020 Turnbull Stake next outing, and on to the 2020 Caulfield Cup.


Another Hawkes runner here, who looked to be in the upper echelon of three-year-olds before the spring, but was brought back down to earth first up in the 2020 San Domenico.

Returned to form in a big way on Saturday, and now looks primed for a real tilt at the 2020 Caulfield Guineas, and can be followed with confidence.

Watch: Doubtland return to form winning the 2020 Danehill Stakes.


There were some doubting the Queensland form, but Rothfire answered all critics by capitalising on the mad tempo set by Hugh Bowman on hot favourite Farnan in the 2020 Run To The Rose.

Rothfire has been crunched into $2.70 favouritism for the 2020 Golden Rose (1400m), and is now the second favourite in The Everest at $6. Looks to have a big spring ahead of him.

Watch: Rothfire take out the 2020 Run To The Rose, with Ole Kirk flying home as behind him.

Ole Kirk

Also worth following out of the 2020 Run To The Rose is Ole Kirk, who flew home with the best closing sectionals in the race.

He’s on the improve and looks more than capable of capturing a Group 1 this spring, and I think he’ll be mighty hard to beat in the 2020 Caulfield Guineas, currently a $13 chance.


This was one of the most visually impressive wins of the weekend (possibly only topped by one later in this article), with Mo’unga stepping up to Saturday grade with ease, nearly getting flattened in the straight but still being too good in the 2020 Dulcify Stakes.

Chris Waller is yet to commit to a major spring target with this galloper, but he certainly looks one to keep an eye on wherever he lands.

Watch: Mo’unga encounter plenty of interference in the straight but still get the job done in style.


This talented mare got the job done against the highly fancied Masked Crusader, and you have to be a very good horse to claim that. This was a Benchmark 88, but with this level of performance, it’s reasonable to think she can take the step up to listed or Group level this preparation.

Watch: Fituese get the better of Masked Crusader.

Instant Celebrity

This flying filly lived up to her name on Saturday, instantly jumping into conversations about the 2020 Thousand Guineas with this breathtaking win. She’s been slashed into equal favouritism ($6) with Hungry Heart for that contest, and I’ll certainly be following her with interest.

Watch: Instant Celebrity fly home at Morphettville.