Deep Field, the unbeaten four-year-old trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes, had an amazing gallop at Flemington on Tuesday morning but is still without a confirmed start for Melbourne Cup Week.
The bay horse, who remains unbeaten from his four career starts, was a sight to be seen on the straight at Flemington this morning in an 800 metre workout. He covered the trip in 46.45 seconds, including a brilliant 22.86 seconds final 400m.
Hawkes Racing has a lot to consider as they monitor his recovery with a run in this Saturday’s Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) on the cards. However the trainers could also opt to wait for a support race throughout the week or tackle the big one Saturday week in the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m).
There are a lot of big decisions for the trainers to discuss, but not a lot of time left to make them.
“Don’t know, there are three options for him,” Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told RSN’s Racing Ahead when asked where the entire would start.
“We just want to wait and see how he pulls up and then decide where we go from there; whether we got to the Salinger, there’s a little Listed race up the straight or there’s the Patinack (Darley Classic).
“I really don’t know yet, that’s not a ‘bob’ each way or whatever, it’s as simple as we’ve got to do the right thing by the horse and keep his winning record intact.”
Deep Field, a son of Northern Meteor, has won all four of his career starts as well as two barrier trails. He has yet to make the step up to black type racing but that could all change over the coming weeks.
He won the Listed City Tattersalls Club Lightning (1100m) last time out on October 18, winning three lengths clear of his closest rival.
Should he take on the 2014 Salinger Stakes this Saturday on Victoria Derby Day, Deep Field will have to beat a talented field that could include the likes of Caulfield Sprint winner Bel Sprinter, sprinting star Chautauqua who won the Gilgai Stakes by four lengths, and The Nivison winner Avoid Lighting.
Wherever Deep Field ends up during 2014 Melbourne Cup Week, he’ll be a contender for sure.
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