Hawkspur was too good for his rivals in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes at Royal Randwick Racecourse last Saturday September 7, 2013.
The Purrealist gelding won the 1,600 metre race by an incredible three and a half lengths and took home the $105,000 prize.
Lightintheniteplaced second, while stable mate Moriarty rounded out the placings in third.
Hawkspur has now won seven of his 20 race starts and has earned more than $764,000 in prize money during his horse racing career.
Trainer Chris Waller was thrilled with Hawkspur’s 2013 Chelmsford Stakes-winning performance.
”It was an emphatic win,” Waller said.
”Jimmy (Cassidy) has been bullish about him all along.”
And bullish he was, with the jockey declaring after the race that Hawkspur is capable of winning the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup on November 5, 2013.
“I think he’s the real deal, I’ve said that all along,” Cassidy said.
“He’d never won under 1800m, and he blew them away today (over 1,600 metres) going half-paced.
“He’s the same colour (as his first Cup winner) Kiwi, he’s athletic, and proven already what he can do in Brisbane.
“They say Brisbane form is no good, but he is the real deal.
“I had no doubts he’d come back (this spring) because of the way he won so effortlessly up in Brisbane.
“I said to Chris Waller then, `He’s my next Melbourne Cup horse’.”
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2013 Chelmsford Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||11||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||–||2||58.5kg||$5.50|
|2||3||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3.3L||9||59kg||$4.40|
|3||10||LIGHTINTHENITE||John O’Shea||Nicholas Hall||3.5L||8||59kg||$13|
|4||5||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||4.1L||7||59kg||$26|
|5||8||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody||Joshua Parr||4.4L||1||59kg||$41|
|6||7||BAYRIR (FR)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||5.6L||4||59kg||$5.50|
|7||4||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||5.7L||10||59kg||$51|
|8||6||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Ms Kathy O’Hara||5.9L||5||59kg||$17|
|9||2||VEYRON (NZ)||Linda Laing||Rogan Norvall||6L||3||59kg||$2.90F|
|10||13||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton||Sam Clipperton (a)||6.5L||11||57kg||$31|
|11||9||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||Nathan Berry||7.2L||6||59kg||$101|