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The Hawkes Racing-trained Dirty Work was too tough late for the in-form mare Diamond Effort with the duo running one-two as equal favourites in the 2020 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield.
A wide draw and a luckless early run after being slow out the barriers in Saturday’s Group 2 $300,000 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) wasn’t enough to stop the stud-bound Dirty Work in the weight-for-age sprint.
The ‘Wizard of the West’ William Pike gave the now very valuable Written Tycoon entire a perfectly-timed run with the four-year-old too strong late in a gallant performance.
“They gave Willie Pike and the horse the visitors’ run that’s for sure,” co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said.
“He was four deep last and I thought ‘he’s going to have to dig deep’. It was certainly centimetre perfect.
“This bloke’s certainly got a home at stud now.
“It’s a good result.”
Clinton McDonald’s Mossman mare Diamond Effort, ridden by Mark Zahra, pounced on the lead coming into the turn, while Dirty Work had a lot to do at the top of the straight.
Pike had to be patient at the back of the field led around by expected front-runner Splintex, but got the job done in the last 50 metres as his mount flashed home in a wonderful late burst during his final prep before heading to stud.
“I didn’t have many options,” Pike told the media post-race talking about settling back in the field.
“I jumped only fair. We just stayed in lanes and I didn’t want to be four-wide without cover.”
Dirty Work may have been further back than expected, but the horse enjoyed an uninterrupted run and found the line at the right time to atone for a luckless last start fourth in Sydney’s Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) behind Classique Legend.
Driving through, Dirty Work just beat Diamond Effort in a close finish with Octane running third to round out the Schillaci Stakes results.
“It was a pretty good effort,” Pike said.
“He was tough right through the line.
“It’s very tempting to get going and do something real clever, but this one has to go to Tommy Berry’s credit, he said ‘you’ve got an amazing 250 (metres with this horse) so save him for it’, so I kept that in the back of my mind.”
It was a big win by the entire who stormed over the top of a quality field to win the Group 2, but Hawkes wasn’t engaging in any talk about Dirty Work potentially filling the final Chris Waller Racing slot in Saturday week’s $15 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick.
“When’s that? Next week is it. Is that a Sydney race? I’m from Victoria mate,” he said.
2020 Schillaci Stakes Results
|1||8||DIRTY WORK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||William Pike||7||58.5kg||$4.20|
|2||10||DIAMOND EFFORT||Clinton McDonald||Mark Zahra||0.1L||6||56.5kg||$4F|
|3||7||OCTANE||Phillip Stokes||Jamie Kah||0.3L||4||58.5kg||$13|
|4||1||HEY DOC||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Currie||0.8L||5||58.5kg||$5.50|
|5||3||SPLINTEX||Mark Newnham||Hugh Bowman||1L||1||58.5kg||$5.50|
|6||6||BOLD STAR||Gordon Richards||Craig Williams||1.75L||3||58.5kg||$8.50|
|7||4||ORDER OF COMMAND||Danny O’Brien||Damien Oliver||3.5L||2||58.5kg||$11|
|5||WILLIAM THOMAS||John Price||Michael Dee||0|
|9||ALFA ORO (NZ)||Matt Laurie||Damian Lane||0|
|2||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Ms Jade Darose||0|
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