Highly promising gelding Laser Hawk has beaten a quality field of three-year-old stayers to win the 2012 Rosehill Guineas at Rosehill Gardens today.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained horse started impressively and star jockey Nash Rawiller looked to have her in control for almost the entire race.
The Australian Derby bound horse must now be considered among the favourites for the 2400 metre feature race after scoring his first Group 1 victory today.
The much-hyped Silent Achiever was ridden well from Hugh Bowman to come from the back of the field down the straight but Laser Hawk proved too strong at the line.
Silent Achiever eventually ran third behind fellow New Zealand horse Ocean Park.
Laser Hawk now has four wins from five starts and his prolific trainer Gai Waterhouse was full of praise for the emerging star.
“He’s outstanding, that’s what he is. This is a really star-studded field here today,” Waterhouse said.
She said he had improvement in him ahead of the targeted Australian Derby which will take place over 2400 metres on April 14.
It was an impressive ride from Rawiller who followed the speed throughout the race before allowing Laser Hawk to explode at the back end.
Rawiller said it was great to see the talented gelding finally live up to his obvious potential.
“It’s taken him along time to get to this stage, it’s just a magnificent effort by all the staff,” he said.
“It’s taken a long time for the penny to drop but he’s always shown this potential.”
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2012 Rosehill Guineas – Results
|1||13||LASER HAWK||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||–||8||56.5kg||$5.50|
|2||16||OCEAN PARK (NZ)||Gary Hennessy||Glen Boss||0.2L||10||56.5kg||$10|
|3||18||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||Hugh Bowman||0.4L||15||54.5kg||$3.20F|
|4||12||AMBIDEXTER||Peter Snowden||Mark Zahra||0.6L||7||56.5kg||$14|
|5||6||STRIKE THE STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Blake Shinn||3.6L||3||56.5kg||$11|
|6||17||HOYLONNY||Chris Waller||Michael Rodd||3.9L||16||56.5kg||$51|
|7||10||SAID COM (NZ)||Chris Waller||Dwayne Dunn||4L||18||56.5kg||$13|
|8||3||ROCK ’N’ POP||Jason Bridgman||Jim Cassidy||4.1L||9||56.5kg||$18|
|9||14||MERLIN MUSTANG||Michael J Murphy||Brenton Avdulla||5.4L||17||56.5kg||$51|
|10||7||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Bede Murray||Peter Robl||5.7L||13||56.5kg||$26|
|11||8||SABRAGE||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||6L||11||56.5kg||$41|
|12||9||HIGHLY RECOMMENDED||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||6.9L||5||56.5kg||$26|
|13||4||DOCTOR DOOM||Guy Walter||Rod Quinn||7.5L||14||56.5kg||$41|
|14||5||GALAH||Peter Snowden||Joshua Parr||7.6L||1||56.5kg||$16|
|15||2||INDUNA||Peter Snowden||Christian Reith||8.4L||2||56.5kg||$51|
|16||1||SANGSTER (NZ)||Trent Busuttin||Danny Nikolic||9.2L||6||56.5kg||$26|
|17||15||BIG TIME||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||9.4L||4||56.5kg||$151|
|18||11||PROLIFERATE||Mick Price||Michael Walker||10.3L||12||56.5kg||$41|