The team at Hawkes Racing have found what looks a perfect race for their four-year-old mare, High Valyrian, to break through for her maiden win.
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The daughter of High Chaparral lines up in Race 4, the XXXX Gold Maiden Plate (1469m) at Kyneton, and with two runs under her belt this campaign, she looks primed to score.
She has shown good early speed in each of her five runs to date, and first-up this campaign, she sat one out and one back but was in need of the run as she battled to the line to finish 2.3 lengths from the winner over 1400m.
At her most recent start, she took up the running before Lucky Leslie took over midrace, and it was that galloper that proved too hard to run down as High Valyrian settled for 2nd place.
She was clearly doing her best work in the last 100m of the 1450m contest, and with an extra 19m to work with on Monday, she can get the job done.
Hawkes-trained horses generally peak third-up from a spell, and considering the blinkers go on High Valyrian for the first time, she must be fit enough to run a bold race from the front and score.
On exposed form, Hoff’s Off and Go For It are the only logical dangers, but from a good gate, I can see High Valyrian controlling the race and proving too good.
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