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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.
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.
2020 Talindert Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|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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