2013 Queensland Derby Winner Hawkspur Future Melbourne Cup Horse – Cassidy

June 8, 2013

2013 Queensland Derby Winner Hawkspur Future Melbourne Cup Horse – Cassidy

Hall of Fame jockey Jim Cassidy has declared the Chris Waller-trained Hawkspur a possible Caulfield and Melbourne Cups horse of the future after their all-too-easy win in the Queensland Derby 2013 at Stradbroke Handicap Day today.


Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur could be future Melbourne Cup horse. Photo: Steve Hart.

It was Cassidy’s 98th Group 1 victory and his third success in the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m), the veteran hoop declaring his bold victory with flying Purrealist gelding Hawkspur his best yet.

“That was my third one and this had been me best ride,” an elated Cassidy said post-win.

In a beautiful training performance by Sydney’s leading trainer, Waller prepared Hawkspur to complete the same 3YO Winter Triple Crown that the Peter Moody-trained Brambles won 12 months ago as the Queensland Derby winner came off back-to-back victories in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) and the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m).

Not the easiest horse to ride to victory, Hawkspur played up a little in the barriers today and missed the jump finding himself back a bit early while the roughies Kentaur, Laser Flash and Arousing Suspicion set a genuine pace in the Derby.

Never one to panic, the well-experienced Cassidy got Hawkspur positioned in sixth while race favourite Survived was always in trouble getting stuck three deep down the back of the pack half way through the race.

Tracking beautifully just off the speed Hawkspur and Cassidy bided their time while in a surprise move by Survived’s jockey Jonathan Riddell they made their move far too early attempting to go forward early when seventh or eighth deep.

On the home bend Usainity went up to hit the lead while Hawkspur had a another glorious Brisbane run up between horses on the straight overtaking the leader with 300m left to travel.

After going to the front there was no stopping the Queensland Derby winner who dashed away to put three lengths on the Robert Smerdon-trained Electric Fusion while Honorius did a nice job to hold on for third.

Cassidy is now predicting a huge future for the up-and-coming stayer saying that with a wonderful attitude to racing like Hawkspur has displayed so far and a master like Waller behind them there was no telling how far they could go.

“I said to the owners he’d win it on his ear and he’s won easy today,” Cassidy said.

“A great training performance from Chris Waller.

“Since he’s come up here he’s jumped out of the ground.

“I thought they couldn’t beat him here at the mile and a half.

“With Waller it could be anything, we could be winning the Caulfield or Melbourne Cup next!

“If they can stay it’s a big advantage.

“Good stayers are hard to find an 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.”

Waller was quick to return the praise to Cassidy too saying it was jockeys like him that won the big races for a reason.

“When you’ve got riders like Jim Cassidy it actually relaxes you as the trainer,” he said. “He’s just a genius.

“He makes my job so much easier, full credit to him, not only today but getting the horse to win the Rough Habit and the Grand Prix.

“It’s just a privilege to have jockeys like him.”

As for the predictions of a future Melbourne Cup campaign Waller said they would take things one step at a time and just continue to enjoy the ride Hawkspur had them on.

“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.”

The $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) runs at Royal Randwick in early October during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival on Epsom Handicap Day

Don’t forget to check out all the exclusive winter racing odds and markets open now at bookmaker.com.au including their unique Pick Your Own Odds offer combining Fixed Win and Margin Betting on all your metro majors!

2013 Queensland Derby Results & Finishing Order

Eagle Farm Race 7 – 08/06/2013

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
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
23e PRIZE Marcus Wilson 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

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field