Resounding pre-post favourite Deep Field has continued his perfect career start at Flemington this afternoon, kicking well over the last 200m to win the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) by a comfortable length.
Jumping from the gates well, the Northern Meteor entire immediately ran to the fore of the pack, maintaining a strong pace and pulling two lengths clear of his closest rivals.
Appearing to be slowing when In Cahoots and Driefontein pulled alongside with 400m to run, jockey Dwayne Dunn calmed the classy four-year-old who responded with a strong kick to finish comfortably ahead of Gai Waterhouse’s Group 1 winner.
Dunn delivered a typically polished ride on Deep Field in the 2014 Salinger Stakes and is confident the lightly-raced four-year-old is capable of developing into one of the country’s best short course specialists.
“I just took him out there just to give him a guide, we trialled him down there and I was just trying to find somewhere to get out of the wind, it’s just so strong,” Dunn said after crossing the line.
“For him to do all the tough work out in front was a great effort.
“I just couldn’t shrug off Gai’s horse the way I thought I would but it was a good effort to do that, he’s only a baby and he’s still got a lot to learn.”
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes was pleased with Deep Field’s performance in the 2014 Salinger Stakes, but ruled out any chance of a maiden appearance at the highest level of Australian racing this time in.
“He was good – Dad said to Dwayne if he’s swinging at the furlong then you can just let him go so that’s why Dwayne wasn’t in a hurry to let him go,” Hawkes said after the Salinger Stakes.
“To be fair, he’s a baby this horse; he hasn’t had a spell, he only had a freshen-up from his couple of runs in Sydney and these are not hacks – Damien’s horse chased home Chautauqua (in-form sprinter, Deep Field’s stable mate), I mean these are pretty fair horses.
“You never make a decision race day but Chautauqua’s sitting home and smoking his pipe and this bloke’s just done it, so I reckon we probably just keep them apart for now.”
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2014 Salinger Stakes Results
|1||6||DEEP FIELD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||–||11||54kg||$1.60F|
|2||2||DRIEFONTEIN||Gai Waterhouse||Vlad Duric||1L||8||56kg||$21|
|3||4||IN CAHOOTS||Phillip Atkins||Damien Oliver||2.5L||5||55.5kg||$9.50|
|4||8||CHARLIE BOY||Gerald Ryan||Tommy Berry||3.25L||7||53.5kg||$26|
|5||11||NEAREST TO PIN||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Chad Schofield||9.25L||6||53kg||$71|
|6||1||BEL SPRINTER||Jason Warren||Ben Melham||10L||4||59kg||$15|
|7||9||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||10.5L||9||53.5kg||$21|
|8||7||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||Glen Boss||12.25L||3||53.5kg||$41|
|9||5||BIG MONEY||Rodney Northam||Robert Thompson||12.45L||2||54kg||$15|
|10||10||ADAMANTIUM (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||17.45L||10||53kg||$31|
|SB||12||ECLAIR BIG BANG (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||–||1||53kg||$20|