Polish Knight has won the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes today April 7, 2012, at Rosehill Racecourse.
The Encosta De Lago gelding won the 2012 Tulloch Stakes by almost a length ahead of Rekindled Alliance, who finished second, and Isopach, who placed third.
Polish Knight came from nowhere to score his first Group win, after missing out on a win in his last two starts.
The three-year-old’s most recent result had been a ninth placing in the $70,000 De La Salle Centernary Plate at Caulfield.
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes believes Polish Knight has a big future ahead of him.
“He’s a serious horse. He’s certainly going somewhere,” Hawkes said.
“He should have won his last three (starts).
“He’s a lovely staying horse going somewhere.”
Hawkes will now decide whether to give Polish Knight a seven day back-up in the Group 1 AJC Australian Derby next Saturday.
“It’s a big question now if (we) back up next Saturday,” he said.
“This is his first racing preparation.
“It’s easy to get carried away in the moment but we’ve always had a high opinion of him.”
Brenton Avdulla was the winning jockey aboard Polish Knight.
“It’s always a pleasure riding for them,” Avdulla said of the Hawke stable.
“They just told me to ride him where he was comfortable.
“I knew I was going to be in the finish somewhere.
“He’s a horse that’s probably still going to keep improving. He’s still 6 months away.
“Today what he did, it’s a sign of a very nice horse.”
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2012 Tulloch Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||11||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brenton Avdulla||–||10||56kg||$31|
|2||5||REKINDLED ALLIANCE||Paul Messara||Corey Brown||0.8L||11||56kg||$6.50|
|3||3||ISOPACH||John P Thompson||Michael Rodd||2.6L||6||56kg||$14|
|4||8||IGGI POP (NZ)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||2.7L||12||56kg||$8.50|
|5||2||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Bede Murray||Luke Nolen||3.5L||8||56kg||$7|
|6||6||SATIRICAL BOY||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||3.5L||4||56kg||$21|
|7||9||ON EVERY LEVEL||Scott Aspery||Jay Ford||3.6L||3||56kg||$81|
|8||10||STRAWBERRY BOY||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||4L||9||56kg||$2.60F|
|9||1||BENFICA||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||5.4L||5||56kg||$19|
|10||7||COMPASS||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||5.4L||1||56kg||$17|
|11||12||DURNFORD||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||7.5L||2||56kg||$81|
|12||4||SPECTER||Anthony Freedman||Jim Cassidy||18.9L||7||56kg||$12|