Purrealist (Tale Of The Cat – Surrealist, by Kenny’s Best Pal) will have a chance to sire a Group 1 winner after Hawkspur (Purrealist – Mollyhawk, by Catbird) comprehensively won Saturday’s Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben.
The Grand Prix Stakes traditionally serves as a lead-up to the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m). Hawkspur also claimed the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) on May 11 to press his claims as one of the favourites to win the June 8 feature.
Jim Cassidy rode Hawkspur for Sydney trainer Chris Waller. Cassidy gave Hawkspur a sweet passage on the back of the early leader Fiesty Belle (Casino Prince – Fientina, by King Of Kings) before striding clear over the final 300 metres to score a decisive 2-1/4-length win.
Waller said Cassidy’s handling of Hawkspur would be a key factor in the gelding’s bid to win the Queensland Derby in a fortnight.
“If Jimmy rides Hawkspur like that in the Derby he will win it,” Waller said. “Jim has ridden Hawkspur perfectly at his last two starts and he has won both.
“He is a horse we set for the winter and he has come up to the mark.”
Hawkspur is the sole stakes winner for Purrealist, who began his career at the Makybe Stud before moving to Chatswood Stud for the 2012 breeding season.
Purrealist will stand for $5500 (inc GST) in the 2013 breeding season.