It was a brilliant day of racing results for Gai Waterhouse at Rosehill on Saturday, the highlight of which was the win by new Australian Derby 2012 betting favourite Laser Hawk in the Rosehill Guineas.
Waterhouse enjoyed three stakes victories on Rosehill Guineas Day with Hallowell Belle in the Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m), 2012 Doncaster Mile-bound Niagara in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) and the flying Laser Hawk in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).
Their fourth win from just five career starts, Artie Schiller gelding Laser Hawk improved on their last start third to the brilliant filly Mosheen in the Randwick Guineas to beat home the New Zealand-trained duo of Ocean Park (2nd) and $3.20 favourite Silent Achiever ($3.20) to win the Rosehill Guineas.
“We haven’t seen the best of this horse yet,” Waterhouse said of Laser Hawk.
“You won’t find a better three-year-old stayer.
“Laser Hawk was having only his fifth start…and just his third in the city, so to win a Group 1 race against the best three-year-olds in this part of the world says it all.”
Following their eye-catching success Laser Hawk was bequeathed with praise from jockey Nash Rawiller and was also installed as the new $4 favourite in the Australian Derby odds at bookmaker.com.au.
“I haven’t been so excited by a horse since Elvstroem,” Rawiller said comparing Laser Hawk to the horse he rode to win the 2004 Caulfield Cup and 2005 Dubai Duty-Free.
“I know that is a big call but the sky is the limit for Laser Hawk.”
The Rosehill Guineas was Laser Hawk’s first look at a distance greater than a mile, and having handled the 2000-metres without issue Rawiller is 100% confident they will go the extra 400-metres for the ATC Derby.
“There is no doubt in my mind he will run the Derby trip,” he said.
“The further he goes, the better he gets.”
Running at Royal Randwick Saturday week, April 14, the $1.5 million Group 1 ATC Australian Derby (2400m) is also on the agenda for beaten Rosehill Guineas favourite Silent Achiever, the New Zealand Derby winner paying $4.40.
The next shortest-priced hopeful in the ATC Australian Derby betting markets at bookmaker.com.au is then Peter Snowden’s close Rosehill Guineas fourth placed Ambidexter ($10) followed by Australian Guineas – Randwick Guineas double winner Mosheen ($11).
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