2020 Blue Diamond Too Soon for Talindert Winner Ole Kirk

February 15, 2020

2020 Blue Diamond Too Soon for Talindert Winner Ole Kirk

A quick back-up into Saturday week’s Group 1 $1.5 million Neds Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) looks unlikely for impressive Talindert Stakes winner Ole Kirk who won on debut at big odds at Flemington.

Ole Kirk. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Ole Kirk was impressive winning the 2020 Talindert Stakes on debut at Flemington. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Team Hawkes-trained colt is a beautifully bred son of Written Tycoon from Naturale and had the pedigree lines pointing to success in the Listed $140,000 Talindert Stakes (1100m).

A relation to All Too Hard who also won the Talindert Stakes on debut back in 2012, Ole Kirk also made a nice omen bet being a cousin of the mighty mare Black Caviar whose namesake race takes place later in the day.

Ole Kirk went out at a huge price in Talindert Stakes betting paying $34 through Ladbrokes.com.au, jockey Dwayne Dunn in the saddle of the very coltish youngster.

Despite some pre-race antics in the stable, the mischievous but very talented two-year-old looked far more professional once on the track.

“I think I got him cause no one else wanted to ride him early as a baby,” Dunn said post-race.

“He’s a talent, he’s just always been a bit of a lad.

“Black Caviar Day, he’s related to her, it’s fitting.

“He’s got all the attributes…he’s spent more time on two legs than four, but the talent’s always been there.

“He’s got a lot of energy, if you can use it the right way like we’ve seen today, he’s going to be a really good horse.”

Having had a nice piece of work down the famous Flemington straight through the week, Ole Kirk put it all together on race day.

Dunn had the sit in behind a number of others in the field early as Frederick The Dane set the pace.

As the finishing post approached, Grahame Begg’s Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes winning Hinchinbrook filly Mildred and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained two-time winning Deep Field colt Nitrous raced together.

Ole Kirk meanwhile was searching for a run 200m out having weaved his way through before the split presented and Dunn hit the button.

Showing all the qualities of a smart racehorse, the up-and-comer went through the gap pinging back his ears and lengthening to the line.

In the end he beat home Nitrous ($6.50) by a neck with Mildred ($6.50) the same distance back for third finishing off the tight Talindert Stakes trifecta.

Star Witness (2010) was the last horse to complete the Talindert Stakes – Blue Diamond Stakes double, but co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said next weekend’s Caulfield feature would probably come too soon.

“To be honest we just wanted to see how he ran and take it from there,” he said.

“There’s a stack more other races to come than just the one next week.”

Last year’s Talindert Stakes winner Microphone (2019) went on to win Randwick’s Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) next-up before his Golden Sipper second to Kiamichi and win over Loving Gaby in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (140m) during a big Sydney autumn campaign.

Despite the stable’s reservations, the bookies have slashed the Blue Diamond Stakes price on Ole Kirk in from $151 to $51 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Click here for the latest all-in Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of next week’s final acceptances.

2020 Talindert Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 12 OLE KIRK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4 57kg $31
2 2 NITROUS Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 0.2L 3 57kg $6.50
3 1 MILDRED Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 0.4L 2 58kg $6
4 4 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 1.65L 6 57kg $9
5 8 TOSCANINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 1.75L 5 57kg $15
6 13 PIONEER RIVER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 2.5L 7 57kg $21
7 14 AWARD WINNER Anthony Freedman Luke Currie 4.75L 1 55kg $7
8 9 SEA WITNESS Byron Cozamanis Luke Nolen 5.05L 9 57kg $41
9 15 RIVER NIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Jamie Kah 5.25L 8 55kg $5
10 7 FREDERICK THE DANE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 9.25L 10 57kg $41
11 6 ALWAYS CHATTIN’ Dean Grass Michael Poy (a) 10.5L 12 57kg $71
12 10 OLD TIME ROCK Michael Moroney Michael Dee 11.25L 11 57kg $101
13 3 MR CASHMAN Patrick Payne Billy Egan 11.45L 13 57kg $4.40F
16 PLUCKY PIROUETTE Caroline Jennings Jilver Chamafi 0
5 LARIMER STREET Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 0
11 BARRAGUNDA Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch 0

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