Co-trainer Michael Hawkes has described the team’s 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes hopeful Lake Geneva as the “ultimate two-year-old” and believes the promising filly can give race favourite Fontiton a run for her money on Saturday.
Robert Smerdon’s undefeated Blue Diamond Fillies Preview & Prelude winner Fontiton sits top of the Ladbrokes.com.au markets for the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield this weekend at a quote of $2.50.
Lake Geneva meanwhile is the last of the current five single figure hopes in the pre-field Blue Diamond Stakes odds paying $9 for an upset.
A two-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock, the Hawkes Racing-trained filly has had just the one career start to date.
In that Rosehill run in Sydney on January 31 she finished a close second to Fireworks in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m), and she will go into the Blue Diamond without another run.
Despite her lack of race experience Hawkes, who co-trains with his brother Wayne and Hall of Fame father John, is confident she will be very competitive in her Melbourne debut.
He has compared her talent to that of the stable’s undefeated Exceed And Excel colt Headwater who won the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on the weekend shooting to the top of the markets for the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) back at the track on March 21.
While Lake Geneva is a different type of horse to Headwater, Hawkes believes their ability is similar and that both are worth an eye on in their respective Group 1 targets this autumn.
“Lake Geneva is just the ultimate two-year-old,” Hawkes told Racing Victoria on Sunday.
“She just gets on with the job, she just does what she has to do, and she’s very, very relaxed.
“Headwater, he’s a different sort of horse. He’s more the three-year-old type.
“They’re both going to improve, they’re two totally different horses, but they’ve probably got the same ability.”
Also at single figures in Blue Diamond Stakes betting this year are likely late entry Pride Of Dubai ($4.60) who ran second in the Blue Diamond C&G Prelude on February 14, winner of that race Of The Brave ($7) and the John O’Shea-trained third past the line Sampeah ($8).
Connections of the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Street Cry colt Pride Of Dubai have until midday today to pay the $55,000 late Blue Diamond Stakes entry fee.
Also expected to pay up the hefty cost is trainer Tony McEvoy and owners of Manhattan Blues who ran second to Stoker in the Inglis 2YO Premier at Sandown-Hillside on February 7.
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