Will Hawkspur Secure a Second Group 1 over 2400m in the 2014 Caulfield Cup?

A Group 1 winner over the distance during the 2013 Australian racing calendar, Hawkspur is one of four Chris Waller-trained runners confirmed for this weekend’s featured Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Hawkspur won the Group 1 Queensland Derby over 2400m in 2013. Photo: Daniel Costello

Hawkspur won the Group 1 Queensland Derby over 2400m in 2013. Photo: Daniel Costello

Securing a commendable race record of eight wins and a further seven minor places from his 34 competitive appearances on course to date, Hawkspur found arguably career-best form over the 2013 Winter Carnival; winning each of the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) and Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) on his way to a maiden victory at the highest level of racing in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

Touted as one to watch over the 2013 Spring Carnival as a result, the Purrealist gelding appeared on track for another memorable campaign when charging home to win the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) but was unable to repeat his efforts; finishing seventh in the Caulfield Cup before fading to finish a disappointing 20th in his major target, the Melbourne Cup.

Adding a strong run for third in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and back-to-back performances for fourth in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) most notably over five autumn starts this year, Hawkspur has again returned to racing in brave form this time in; highlighted by a successful defence of his Chelmsford Stakes crown and fourth in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 20th.

Allocated the ideal barrier 9 and charged with carrying just 55.5kgs in the 2014 Caulfield Cup, trainer Chris Waller is confident Hawkspur is a serious chance of success in Saturday’s feature race and believes he should have fared far-better in 2013 with a little more luck.

“It is a better draw,” Waller said.

“He had no luck last year; we watched the replay about twenty times last week and he went terrific.

“This is his distance and this is his race.

“He races better in the first half of the field than he ever does in the back half of the field.”

Having never partnered the five-year-old competitively, champion jockey Damien Oliver picks up the ride on Hawkspur in the 2014 Caulfield Cup and is confident of instant success.

Currently offered a slight chance of success at odds of $17 to win the 2014 Caulfield Cup, can Hawkspur cause an upset in Saturday’s feature race, or will one of his rivals find the line in the clear?

Caulfield Cup Horse Form: #8 Hawkspur

  • Barrier: 9 (into 8)
  • Weight: 55.5kgs
  • Jockey: Damien Oliver
  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Owners: D Puglisi, A Muollo, T Ristevski & E Spoljar
  • Age: 5YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by Purrealist from Mollyhawk
  • Career: 34-8-6-1
  • Win: 40%
  • Place: 44%
  • Last 5: 75140
  • Prize Money: $1,233,830
  • Track: 2-0-0-0
  • Distance: 2-1-0-0
  • Current 2014 Caulfield Cup Odds: $17

Why Hawkspur Can Be The 2014 Caulfield Cup Winner

  • Won Group 1 Queensland Derby over distance in 2013
  • Ideal barrier in gate 9 and confirmed to be partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver (4 Caulfield Cup victories)
  • Proven performer with higher weights; weighted well at just 55.5kgs.
  • Light weights have a good recent recordwith both Southern Speed (2011) and Descardo (2010) carrying only 52.5kg to victory
  • Good record over the distance – two starts for one win and won luckless run (2013 Caulfield Cup)
  • In prime condition having completed ideal two weeks between races and reportedly worked well
  • Has won just two races in last sixteen, both over a mile
  • Was disappointing when finishing tenth in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) most recently on October 4th.
  • May have missed his chance in 2013; four-year-olds have a far-better Caulfield Cup record than five-year-olds. Last five-year-old winner was Master O’reilly in 2007.
  • A perennial place-getter. Often figures in contention but off the pace of eventual winner.

Why Hawspur won’t win the 2014 Caulfield Cup

  • Has won just two races in last sixteen, both over a mile
  • Was disappointing when finishing tenth in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) most recently on October 4th.
  • May have missed his chance in 2013; four-year-olds have a far-better Caulfield Cup record than five-year-olds. Last five-year-old winner was Master O’reilly in 2007.
  • A perennial place-getter. Often figures in contention but off the pace of eventual winner.

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